I love the gospel. I love giveaways. And I love the Resurrection Eggs.
Have you seen them before?
In my opinion, they're very cool. There are a dozen plastic eggs that each have a small symbol in them that represents a part of the story of Easter. It begins with Jesus' triumphal entry (symbolized by a donkey) and ends with his resurrection (symbolized by an empty egg). There is a small booklet that gives passages of Scripture that tell that portion of the story and a label printed directly on the plastic carton with all the colors and symbols to keep them straight and in order.
I love to use them with my 3rd-6th grade Awana kids. The Wednesday before Easter, I like to hide the eggs around the room before the kids arrive and then tell them to each find an egg when they come in for our lesson time. They have to keep their egg closed until we get to their part of the story (and because they're older most of them can handle that... my kids totally could not). They open it and show it to the rest of the class and do their best to describe what it represents. (Note: Some parts are less known than others and we make sure to preface our discussion with helping each other out if someone happens to get a "tricky" egg so that no one feels embarrassed if they're not sure what their symbol represents.) This is always a favorite activity with the kids and one they don't mind doing year after year.
One thing I love about these eggs is that they are so detailed. There is even a die to represent the soldiers that cast lots. I love how thorough they are. It is really great for older kids.
BUT there are some details that are a little gory for very young audiences. That's one of the reasons that I made my own with Isaac last year. We only did a half dozen and changed a couple of symbols. You can take a look at them in more detail here.
If you are going to use the Resurrection Eggs with little ones, I recommend using caution as you represent the crown of thorns, nails, spear and whip. I want more than anything for Isaac to understand what Jesus did for him on the cross, but I do not want him to have nightmares about the most loving act that was ever done for him. I think depending on the child, the symbols can be shown, but discretion should be used with the extent to which it is discussed and what words are used to describe it.
I'm so glad to have a set of these eggs because the boys love playing with them and I know the discussions will grow as they do. Last year we began a tradition of having these be the eggs the kids wake up to find on Easter morning. Last year Matt discussed them with Isaac after church while my family and I worked on lunch. I'm not sure how it will look each year, but I love the idea of having our Easter morning started by reviewing the story of what it's all about and these eggs are a fun way to do that!
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