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Friday, March 19, 2010

Celebrating Jesus With Your Kids this Easter

Easter is now only 15 days away and as I walk through all the stores - the bunnies and baskets are EVERYWHERE! I love Easter! Easter has always been a BIG holiday for my family - we do it up like Christmas with a big dinner and huge overflowing baskets! This is the day our Savior rose from the dead - this is HUGE!!!!! One of my favorite activities to do with the children leading up to Easter are these Resurrection Eggs - which can be purchased at your local Christian bookstore, amazon.com and last year I saw them at Walmart!

The store bought Resurrection Eggs come with a booklet and a story for each egg BUT these can also be homemade! A few years ago some women in our church homemade sets of these eggs and gave them out to all the children in Sunday School. Wasn't that lovely of them!!! You could do this too! Here's what you need.
Supplies:
1 dozen plastic Easter eggs
an egg carton
the items listed below

Directions: Fill each egg with the item listed (or a picture of the item) and a print-out of the corresponding scripture(number the eggs). Place the eggs in the decorated egg carton. Open and experience the eggs together with your children.

1. (Bread - crouton) Matthew 26:26 While they were eating Jesus took a piece of bread, gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to His disciples. "Take and eat it," He said, "This is My body."

2. (Coins) Matthew 26: 14-15 Then one of the twelve disciples, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and asked, "What will you give me if I betray Jesus to you?" They counted out thirty silver coins and gave them to him.


3. (Purple cloth, representing a purple robe) Mark 15:17 They put a purple robe on Jesus. . .

4. (Thorns or toothpick) Matthew 27:29 Then they made a crown out of thorny branches and placed it on His head, and put a stick on His right hand; then they knelt before Him and made fun of Him. "Long live the King, of the Jews!" they said.


5. (Scourge-a small piece of rope or thick string) Mark 15:15 Pilate wanted to please the crowd, so he set Barabbas free for them. Then he had Jesus whipped and handed Him over to be crucified.


6. (Cross) John 19: 17-18a He went out, carrying His cross, and came to "The Place of the Skull," as it is called. (In Hebrew it is called "Galgotha.") There they crucified Him.


7. (Nails) John 20:25b Thomas said to them, "Unless I see the scars of the nails in His hands and put my finger on those scars and my hand in His side, I will not believe."


8. (Sign) Luke 23:38 Above Him were written these words: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.


9. (Sponge) Matthew 27:48 One of them ran up at once, took a sponge. He filled it with vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink.


10. (Spear) John 19:34 One of the soldiers plunged his spear into Jesus' side, and at once blood and water poured out.


11. (Rock) Matthew 27:59-60 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a new linen sheet, and placed it in his own new tomb, which he had just recently dug out of solid rock. Then he rolled a large stone across the entrance to the tomb and went away.


12. (Empty) Matthew 28:6 He is not here He has risen just as He said.


My favorite part of these eggs is watching the kids as they listen and take it into their hearts. This is a great tool for sharing the gospel with unsaved children or for leading your own child to the Lord. Do you have a fun Easter tradition? Feel free to share it in the comments section!


Walk with the King!


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have done RESURRECTION COOKIES, and they were a big hit! They may not be the tastiest cookies, but the message is great and it really hits home! http://www.annieshomepage.com/resurrectioncookies.html

March 19, 2010 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Oh yes- I am going to be showing our resurrection cookies and resurrection rolls over the next two Tasty Tuesdays!

Those are an excellent teaching tool and FUN! You have a VERY fun website - thank you for leaving your link!!

Much Love,
Courtney

March 19, 2010 at 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Courtney. That wasn't my link, I just included it for the recipe/directions in case you weren't familiar with them.... sorry for the confusion. (I haven't done them for years and was looking it up to do with my kids this year and thought I'd share it.) I have never done the eggs, though I've wanted to, because I never get all the materials in time! Thanks for posting and reminder to get the materials!

March 19, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Catrina said...

The eggs are a wonderful idea! Thank you! Also thank you for your wonderful site. I stumbled upon it through the 19 kids and counting facebook page. I am encouraged everyday when I go to your site and read your blogs. Thank you for taking the time to do that!! God Bless!

March 19, 2010 at 10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luv this!!! Thanks Courtney:-)

March 19, 2010 at 2:20 PM  
Anonymous Bargains & Blessings said...

We have these resurrection eggs, but I sometimes forget to get them out in time. Thanks for the reminder - I'm going to get them RIGHT NOW! :)

March 20, 2010 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Theresa ♥ said...

I need to get out my bin this weekend. Our Resurrection eggs are still in the basket.

Thanks for the reminder.

Blessings,
Theresa

March 20, 2010 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger Flamingo Mama said...

i have these eggs too and we love them!!

March 21, 2010 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger Kalee said...

I really think this is an amazing idea! My husband and I (though childless currently) have been discussing how we feel Easter is the most important holiday in our faith, and how to really let the message sink in once we have children. We're planning on starting some things now (traditions) to have it be normal later. We've also been starting to collect things for when we have kids (hope chest like), and the items for the eggs might have to go on the list!

March 22, 2010 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Sonya Schroeder said...

Was wondering where to get the little items to go in the eggs?

Thanks
Sonya

March 24, 2010 at 10:00 AM  
Anonymous Heather said...

I was trying to think of a good Easter idea to share with our youth group next Wednesday and thanks to you I have found it.

March 24, 2010 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Sonya - you can either buy the Resurrection eggs already made online OR you can just look around the house to find the items. If you don't have a purple piece of cloth or a mini-sword (we have one from my son's playmobil toys) - you can always print a picture of this item off of google images.

Hope this helps!
Courtney

March 24, 2010 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger bigguysmama said...

Courtney, I have these eggs, but have never used them! Sigh...I had good intentions when I got them, but there they sit. It's the same with Advent. I think every year it'd be a wonderful way to share this time of year with my boys.

Not sure if you would be interested but there's a series coming out by Big Book Films to help families & churches prepare for Easter. I watched the YouTube video and it's intense! You can learn more here: http://www.bigbookfilms.com/

I was thinking of watching The Passion this Easter. My aunt will be here and I think my nearly 11 yr old is ready to watch it.

Have a blessed Easter!

~Mimi @ Woven by Words

March 28, 2010 at 2:50 AM  
Blogger Jessica S. said...

Being overseas, and late in the (game) and with no WALMART or MICHAEL'S insight----the idea of using images is an awesome idea!!!

Thank you!! I will be using for my Sunday School Class!! :)

March 28, 2010 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Mimi - thanks for the suggestion - I looked at the link - it does look very good. I LOVE the Passion of Christ Movie too - and highly recommend it also!

Courtney

March 30, 2010 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

We made these years ago and I have our original set. We bought our eggs at Aldi's and the egg supplier we have locally puts a scripture in the lid of the egg carton. (an additional cool feature) Our daughter's birthday falls near Easter and when she was 8 she used this egg tool as part of her birthday fun - the kids who came were SO happy to have something about faith included in a birthday.

Happy Easter!
Denise, a grandmother now! (our only grandchild now lives in Africa on the mission field)

April 4, 2010 at 5:35 PM  

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