Simply buy a bag of plastic eggs and place the items listed below into each egg. Hide the eggs around the house and allow the children to find them all. Then have each child open their egg and discuss what the items in each egg represent. You may want to number the eggs so that you remember the correct order to open them. you place the eggs in an empty carton.
Egg 1: Three dimes A small piece of paper with the following verse reference: (Matthew. 26:14)
Egg 2: One sacrament cup A small piece of paper with the following verse reference: (Matt. 26:39)
Egg 3: Twine with knots in it A small piece of paper with the following verse reference: (Matt. 27:1-2)
Egg 4: A piece of soap A small piece of paper with the following verse reference: (Matt. 27:24)
Egg 5: Square of red fabric A small piece of paper with the following verse reference: (Matt. 27:28)
Egg 6: A cross (made from toothpicks) A small piece of paper with the following verse reference: (Matt. 27:31)
Egg 7: Two dice A small piece of paper with the following verse reference: (Matt. 27:35)
Egg 8: A tiny bag of crushed rock And a small piece of paper with the following verse reference: (Matt. 27:50, 51 & 54)
Egg 9: Strip of white cloth A small piece of paper with the following verse reference… (Matt. 27:58)
Egg 10: A stone A small piece of paper with the following verse reference… (Matthew 27:65)
Egg 11: Bayleaf spice A small piece of paper with the following verse reference: (Mark 16:1-4)
Egg 12: An empty egg A small piece of paper with the following verse reference: (Mark 16:5-6)
THE EASTER STORY:
This carton contains twelve plastic eggs. Each egg contains part of the Easter story, along with the appropriate item (except for the 12th egg, which should remain symbolically empty). The eggs are numbered (1 through 12). Simply open up the eggs in order to read the Easter story.You can serve the eggs directly from this carton, in a decorated basket, or at each place setting at the dinner table.This can provide a unique presentation of the often-heard Easter story. In addition to opening the eggs in order to tell the story, you can play a game of “scrambled eggs” by having players match the scripture to the appropriate item, or putting the story in sequence.
Egg 1: Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. He asked Heavenly Father to bless him. He did not want to suffer. He said to Heavenly Father, “If it be possible, let this cup pass from me.” But Jesus wanted to obey Heavenly Father. He would suffer for all people who would repent of their sins.
Matthew 26:39-44 (Plastic Cup)
Egg 2: One of Jesus’ 12 apostles, named Judas, made a deal with some wicked men. The wicked men wanted to hurt Jesus. They said they would give Judas 30 pieces of silver if he would show them where Jesus was. So Judas showed them where Jesus was, which was in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Matthew 26:14-16 (3 Dimes)
Egg 3: The wicked men took Jesus to the Pharisees (the ruling men of Jerusalem). The Pharisees tied Jesus up and took him to Pilate, the Roman leader.
Matthew 27:1-2 (Knotted Twine)
Egg 4: Pilate asked Jesus many questions. Pilate told the Pharisees that Jesus had done nothing wrong. Pilate wanted to let Jesus go, but the Pharisees hated Jesus. They said to Pilate, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Pilate did not want trouble with the Pharisees, so he washed his hands (act out with the soap) in front of the people saying, “I am free of the blood of this just (good) person.” Pilate let his Roman soldiers take Jesus to crucify him.
Luke 23:13-24 (Chunk of Soap)
Egg 5: The Roman soldiers took Jesus, took off all his clothes and put a red robe on him. They put a crown of thorns on his head. They made him hold a long green branch in his right hand. They made fun of Jesus, called him names and spit upon him. Then they took the long green branch and hit him on the head with it.
Matthew 27:28-30 (Square of Red Felt)
Egg 6: After the Roman soldiers had done all of these terrible things to Jesus, they took the robe off him and put his clothes back on him. Then they took him away to Calvary Hill. The soldiers lay Jesus on a wooden cross. They nailed his hands and feet to the cross.
Matthew 27:31-32 (Toothpick Cross and Tiny Nail)
Egg 7: Jesus was on the cross. He prayed and asked Heavenly Father to forgive the Roman soldiers who crucified him because the soldiers did not know Jesus was the Savior. The soldiers took Jesus’ clothes and played a game called “casting lots” to see who would win the clothes.
Luke 23:34-37 (Pair of Dice)
Egg 8: Jesus’ mother and his disciples and friends were very sad. They loved Jesus very much. Jesus suffered on the cross for many hours. Then Jesus died. His spirit left his body. The sky was dark. There was a big earthquake. Rocks broke in pieces. The Roman soldiers were afraid.
Matthew 27:45-46, 50-54 (Bag of crushed rock or potting soil)
Egg 9: One of Jesus’ disciples, named Joseph, took Jesus’ body off the cross. He wrapped Jesus’ body in a clean cloth and laid him in a tomb (a place where people are buried).
Matthew 27:57-59 (Piece of White Cloth)
Egg 10: After Joseph laid Jesus’ body in the tomb, he rolled a big stone in front of the tomb so that Jesus’ body would be safe.
Matthew 27:60 (Rock)
Egg 11: Jesus’ body was in the tomb for 3 days. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body with sweet spices.
Matthew 28:2 and Mark 16:1-9 (Bay Leaf or Other Herb)
Egg 12: When Mary Magdalene and the other Mary got to the tomb, the stone was rolled away from the door. They looked inside the tomb, but Jesus’ body was not there. They saw an angel who said, “Jesus is not here, for He is risen as he said.” Jesus was resurrected! His body and spirit had come together again. He was alive again! Jesus promised that we, too, will be resurrected like Him. This is a very special gift that Jesus gave to us.
Matthew 28:1-6 (Empty Egg)
Other Easter Ideas:
Family Foot Washing