Monday, March 26, 2012

Easter in eggs

This is a fun way to tach your children the Easter story. You will need 12 plastic eggs and an empty egg carton.

Fill each egg with the materials (bolded) for each part of the story, and then number the eggs in the order they are to be opened. I have included the parts of the story for each egg as well as italicized the specific thing each piece is to represent. You can also use the scripture references if you like. As you read, you will see that some parts of the story are not included in the eggs, you can fill in the spaces as you like in between eggs.

Pictures also help with telling the story. I remember doing this as a kid. Let each child take turns opening the eggs. Have fun, this can become a fun tradition for your family.

Sacrament cup
Explain how Christ in the Garden of Gesthemane asked for this cup to pass from him. Then "Not my will, but Thy will be done" and how he bled from every pore.

Luke 22:41-42

3 dimes
Explain that Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss for 30 pieces of silver
Matt 26:14-15

The soldiers bound Jesus with rope and led him to Pontius Pilate
Matt 27:2

Pontius Pilate asked the crowd what he should do with Jesus who had done nothing wrong. The crowd called for him to crucified, so Pilate said he washed his hands of the whole thing.
Matt 27:22-24

Red material, thorn
The soldiers put a red robe on Christ and a crown of thorns on his head and then hit his head with the thorns still on it. Lightly prick each child with the thorn if they want to feel.
Matt 27:27-31

Cross (made from toothpicks), nail
Christ was then crucified on a cross. They hung him there by putting nails through his hands and feet (you can lightly prick the braver of your children on the hands)
Luke 23:33

Explain that the soldiers cast lots, or played a game, to decide who got to keep Jesus' clothes.
Luke 23:35

Dirt (wrapped in a plastic baggy)
After Jesus died the temple veil was rent and the rocks were crushed (the dirt is supposed to be the crushed rock)
Matt 27:51
White cloth
Some of Jesus' followers took his body and wrapped it in linen cloth and then laid him in a tomb.
Matt 27:57-59
A big stone was rolled in front of the door of the tomb
Matt 27:60

Explain that Mary Magdalene and two others went to put spices on Jesus body so that he wouldn't stink. Have each child smell the spices (I like to use cloves and a bay leaf)
Luke 24:1-2

Make a big to-do about this egg. Say that the stone was rolled away and there were two angels sitting on it. What was inside the tomb? Have a child open the egg. It is empty, just like the tomb!
Luke 24:3-6

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