When I was making my Mr. & Mrs. Egg Head Printables, Riley asked me if it was for a birthday and I said, “No, it’s for Easter.” She then asked me what Easter was for, and I told her it was for Jesus. Her next question was, “It’s Jesus’ birthday?” I, then proceeded to botched an explanation of why we have Easter Eggs for Jesus, because it really doesn’t make sense to me either. To redeem myself from my parenting fail, I decided to have a Family Home Evening dedicated to the true meaning behind Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The resurrection can be really deep (and let’s face it, gory) for a 4 and 3 year old, so I LOVED the idea of doing “Resurrection Eggs.” I glued a number flower to 12 eggs and placed an item in each egg that represents a part of the story. Here’s what you’ll place in each egg:
- ONE: include a leaf to represent the people waving palm leaves as Jesus entered Jerusalem (explain that people used to wave palm leaves only at KINGS during this time)
- TWO: a piece of cloth with perfume on it represents the woman that poured perfume on Jesus’ head (she did this because she knew he was Christ and that he would die soon)
- THREE: a piece of bread (to represent the Last Supper)
- FOUR: a picture of Jesus or of your family to show that he suffered in Gethsemane for each one of us
- FIVE: three dimes to represent the betrayal of Judas
- SIX: a piece of purple cloth or paper to represent the purple robe the guards placed on Jesus to mock him (purple was a color that represented royalty)
- SEVEN: a cross made out of toothpicks, or a paper cross to represent the cross Jesus was crucified on
- EIGHT: a nail to show they nailed Jesus to the cross
- NINE: a piece of paper that says “The King of the Jews”…another way the guards mocked Jesus
- TEN: a bundle of spices wrapped in fabric or in a plastic bag to represent the women that put spices on Jesus’ body in the tomb
- ELEVEN: a round stone to represent the rock that sealed His tomb
- TWELVE: leave empty to represent His resurrection
You can definitely be creative with this and you don’t even have to leave your house for most of these items. To make the flowers, I just printed out my FREE printables, cut them out with a 2″ scalloped hole punch and glued them to the top of plastic eggs.
We also had a special dinner of waffles with nutella, strawberries and bananas (no symbolism here…I just really love waffles) and made a “tomb fort.” It sounds weird, but my kids really liked it! My daughter LOVED this Easter lesson using Resurrection Eggs. While some things went way over her head, I’m glad I could start the discussion for the true meaning behind Easter