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Every year at Easter our family has a tradition of going through Resurrection Eggs. It’s like an advent calendar for Easter. Our girls love learning about the story of Easter with this tool, but when you purchase a set for $15-$20 it can get pretty expensive. Since we go through the Resurrection Eggs so often, a lot of the pieces go missing and now we don’t have a full set. So, today we’re going to make our own.
I picked up a 12-pk of Easter eggs from Dollar General for only $1 and used things from around the house to fill them. Making the total cost $1 instead of $15!
You can download this PDF with verses to go with each egg. The verses explain why we use certain symbols in the eggs, and how it corresponds to the story. Cut them into strips and roll them up to put in the corresponding egg. That way they are actually learning the scripture that goes along with the Easter story.
My kids were raised using the Resurrection Eggs that we bought years ago. They thought it was awesome that we were making our own eggs (and adding some new symbols).
Here’s a quick run-down of what we put in the eggs:
1. Palm Branch (leaf) – Jesus was celebrated when he entered the city.
2. Bread (Gold Fish) – Symbolizes the Last Supper.
3. Silver Coins (3 Nickels) – Judas took a bribe to betray Jesus.
4. Purple Cloth & Thorns (leftover cloth and thorns from the yard) – Jesus was mocked by the soldiers.
5. Whip (rope or leather piece) – Symbolizes the beating that Jesus endured.
6. Cross (toothpicks glued together) – Jesus carried his cross.
7. Nails – Shows the pain Jesus went through as he was nailed to his cross.
8. Sign (I wrote “This is the King of the Jews” on a small strip of paper) – The sign that was nailed above Jesus saying he was the King of Jews.
9. Spear and Sponge (piece of a toothpick and a cut-off corner of a dish sponge) – Signifies the proof of Jesus’ death and his last moments.
10. Spices (cinnamon and cloves) – Jewish people were traditionally buried with spices.
11. Rock – Symbolizes the stone that was moved from Jesus’ tomb.
12. Nothing – Shows the empty tomb. Jesus has risen.