I don’t know about you, but all too often when I get all excited about How-To Do-It-Yourself projects, I get to reading the directions only to find that they are in reality, not so easy to Do Yourself. “All you need is”…a chainsaw? Some plywood or metal? Or a really cute idea will only take you 3-4 hours to tediously sew together piece by tiny piece? I. don’t. think. so. So the Y.R.C. before the Do-It-Yourself? “You. Really. CAN.” D.I.Y. of course! If I can do it, there’s no doubt you (or anyone for that matter), can do it too! This is part of the reason why I rushed to make these Resurrection Eggs,
because they are so simple (and fun!) to put together, but mostly, it’s just an awesome way to illustrate the true meaning of Easter in a fun, visual, and meaningful way. If you don’t know what these are, it’s basically a 12-day countdown to Easter Sunday using relevant Bible verses chronicling Christ’s journey to the cross, and ultimately, His Resurrection. It’s just like a Christmas advent calendar only it’s Easter with the creative use of plastic eggs! I LOVE LOVE LOVE celebrating Easter. In fact, our daughter Faith’s middle name is actually Easter because I love it that much! And it’s not even because she was born on Easter, because her birthday is in September. I actually wanted to make her first name Easter too but Papa said no to that one…oh well, I’ll take it! I think I’m starting to LOVE Easter even more each year. (Are you beginning to see how much? :P)
So back to the eggs! Different websites actually sell them already made for you, but why not make them at home (and not spend any money)? I had fun just hunting for the stuff at home and putting it all together knowing how much our 3 litle ones would love it. (They looove counting down and opening each day on their Christmas advent calendars and finding that little piece of chocolate!) Plus, with all of the Easter fun happening around here, we must always remember to keep the main thing the main thing! I know I got a late start on it this year, but I still really wanted to do it so we are just doubling up on the days till Easter- hey, it’s never too late right? 😛
All of the materials you need (besides the symbols that go with each of the verses pictured below) are…
– 12 Plastic eggs (I used the larger size, because I almost always think bigger is better :P, but mostly because the only round stone and cup I could find wouldn’t fit into a regular plastic egg).
– Empty egg carton, basket, or something cute to hold the eggs in.
– Number Stickers (or just use a Sharpie)
I found that there are slightly different variations on the symbols and verses people use- I just went with the version you will find at the bottom because I had more of the items. (I found that some of the verses could be a bit simpler for little ones though.) Just copy & paste then print them out and cut!
Simply place the verse, along with the coordinating symbol in each of the plastic eggs, like so…
The one leeettle special thing I added to the eggs along with the symbols (making them even MORE Christmas-adventy!) were THESE little guys:
We very rarely let them have any type of candy so I put just one green, one pink, and one purple morsel for each of our pups to enjoy. (They even get TWO each day since we’re behind too! Gasp! :P) I didn’t put any M&M’s in Egg #12 for Resurrection Sunday simply because His Resurrection is the BIGGEST TREAT of all! Plus, I wouldn’t want it to take away from the “empty tomb” effect. (Can you imagine?…”the stone was rolled away, and they found…THREE M&M’s in the place where they laid Him!?!?!)
All you need to do now is close the eggs, place the coordinating numbered sticker on them, and place in a special something to display!
Verses and Materials for Resurrection Eggs:
1. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: Nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Mathew 26:39 (Sacrament cup)
2. Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, and said unto them, “What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you?” And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. Mathew 26:14-15 (This fulfilled the prophecy in Zechariah 11:12-14 that Jesus would be sold for 30 pieces of silver.) (3 dimes)
3. When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: And when they bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate, the governor. Mathew 27:1-2 (piece of string)
4. When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.” Then answered all the people and said, “His blood be on us, and on our children.” Then released he, Barabbas, unto them: and when he scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. Mathew 27:24-26 (soap)
5. And they stripped him, and put him in a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand; and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. Mathew 27:29-30 (scarlet material or thorns)
6. And after that they had mocked him, and they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear His cross. Mathew 27:31-32 And he was crucified…nailed to the cross. Press this nail into your hand…feel how it must have hurt. (nail)
7. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet…And sitting down, they watched him there. Mathew 27:35-37 (toothpicks cut in different lengths)
8. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom, and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent…Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God.” Mathew 27:50-52 (rocks)
9. Then Joseph (a rich man) went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock. Mathew 27:58-60 (white cloth)
10. And he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher, and he departed. Pilate said unto them (the chief priests and Pharisees), “Ye have a watch; go your way, make it as sure as ye can.” So they went, and made the sepulcher sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch. Mathew 27:60, 65-66 (large round stone)
11. And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of James, and Salome, and brought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for the angel of the Lord descended from the heaven, andcame and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. And the angel…said unto the women, “fear not; for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.” Mark 16:1; Mathew 28:2, 5 (spices)
12. HE IS RISEN; He is not here: behold the place where they laid him. Mark 16:6 The Tomb was empty! (empty)
Have a blessed week as we celebrate our Risen Lord! xo