Easter Fun: Resurrection Eggs

CG_Easter_logoJoin us this week, as we explore memorable and edifying ways to celebrate Easter. We encourage you to take some of the ideas you find and make them your own. Feel free to share your thoughts on each of these projects and join in the fun!

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There’s nothing like an egg hunt. We adults have fun hiding them in the most obscure of places and the kiddos enjoy the hunt. What makes an egg hunt even more memorable? When it has a purpose!

Each year, for as long as I can remember, we have unearthed our special box of eggs reserved only for Easter; Resurrection Eggs. Twelve, little ovum filled with objects to help better understand the resurrection story; our kids’ eyes light up the minute they spy the box.

Resurrection Eggs

When our children were especially little, we would hide the eggs and the kids would find them. Now, we take turns hiding and finding; alternating between all the kiddos and us adults. After the initial finding, we sit down to go through the resurrection story and remind our children of the importance of this holy week.

Each night, for eight days straight, we go through this tradition. We hide, we find, and we retell the story. Each night we make a point of finding new aspects of the story to bring forth, new insight for the children to glean.

The Resurrection Eggs kit comes with a handy booklet to help direct your family through the retelling of the resurrection story. You are led through each of the various, colored eggs and given verses to read through as well. Unbeknownst to most of us, in the back of the book is an additional list of ideas for you to work with! If your family has outgrown those initial twelve eggs, several more are suggested for you to create together. Each additional egg adds more detail to the story and further develops the resurrection story.

Resurrection Eggs (close-up)I think our family is just about ready to advance to the next step! Easter week has just begun and this would be a lovely project to work on together. Let’s see how many more ‘Resurrection Eggs’ we can add to our collection.

If you could only add five additional ‘Resurrection Eggs’ to the collection, which would you choose? Why do you think they are the most significant?

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,” – John 11:25

Easter Week Begins!

Aside from Christmas, Easter is the most significant holiday for Christians. This is more than just an opportunity collect eggs, wear cute bunny ears, and hoard candy; Easter is amazing, redeeming grace.

Unlike most of the other kids in our neighborhood, this marks the beginning of our Easter vacation. For our family, this is a time to put aside outside responsibilities and simply focus on the true meaning of this holy week. From this Sunday till next, we will focus on all things Easter.

Join us this coming week as we focus on the true meaning of this special holiday. We hope to share some of our favorite games, activities, crafts, and recipes which all point towards Christ and His love for us.

It is our desire to use this week not only for encouraging our family, but to learn from yours! Share with us your favorite Easter traditions and memories.

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Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Easter week. While this event might be dismissed as common knowledge, I think it would be a mistake to not review its significance with our family.

In all four of the gospels, this event is retold. We are given a picture of Jesus entering Jerusalem, riding a lowly donkey while the peoples around Him proclaim His glory and honor.

What is so incredible about this moment? Several things, in fact! One, Jesus rode on a donkey. Why a donkey and not a horse? Historically, a donkey would have signified peace. Christ had not come to demolish this city or to destroy it; He had come to bring peace and to restore peace between mankind and God. Second, the people laid down palm branches. While some consider this an honor (and it was), interestingly, palms were also a symbol of eternal life and often used in funeral processions.

Each year, beginning with Palm Sunday, we remind our children of this beautiful story. Christ came to bring peace between us and God. He came to die, to pay for our sin, and to provide us with eternal life. He came with humility, with love, and with grace.

The Easter Story

Always looking for practical ways to teach our children, over the years we’ve picked various ways to review this incredible story. We’ve watched videos and read books about Palm Sunday. One year, we picked palm branches from out front and reenacted the story! Our favorite song to sing is, “Hosanna to the King!” from a classic Donut Man video.

As this week quickly approaches, we are once again looking forward to digging in even deeper and discovering more truths from God’s Word. While we won’t be doing any ‘formal learning’, I know there is much to be taught and many things to learn. This is going to be an exciting, wonderful week!

Does your family have a favorite story you read on Palm Sunday? Share it with us; we’d love to read it, too!

On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed [is] the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt. – John 12:12-15