Teaching The Easter Story to Kids With Crafts, Games and Resurrection Eggs

DIY Resurrection Tree for Kids Easter Crafts

Now that Georgia is almost five, she soaks up every little detail of the learning activities we do. She comes home from Sunday school recalling details of Bible stories that I had forgotten all about! We used Resurrection Eggs to talk about the Easter story last year, but I'm not sure that she fully grasped that each egg represented a part of the Resurrection story. She has been doing crafts and games at school and now understands the gist of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection. So I got out our little set of trinket-filled plastic eggs.

Then when I sat down to write this post, I got an even more brilliant idea - using the gorgeous little metallic eggs to decorate our dining table for Easter! I took the above photo from Martha Stewart for inspiration and will be heading to Hobby Lobby for pretty reusable branches and ribbon.

Here's what you need to make your own Resurrection Egg Centerpiece.

- branches for display
- glue dots and ribbon to hang the eggs
- one dozen plastic eggs filled with the following trinkets:

+ blade of grass or green leaf to represent a palm branch at Jesus' entry into Jerusalem
+ three dimes or quarters to represent the thirty pieces of silver Judas received for betraying Jesus
+ a cracker to represent the Last Supper
+ a tiny piece of paper made into a scroll to represent Jesus praying in the garden
+ rope or leather to represent the soldiers whipping Jesus
+ small cross made from toothpicks to represent Jesus carrying His own cross
+ a small thorn crown made out of pipe cleaner
+ a couple of small nails to represent the nails through Jesus' hands
+ a dice to represent the soldiers casting lots for Jesus' clothes
+ a piece of cloth to represent Joseph wrapping Jesus' body
+ a small rock to represent the stone rolled in front of the tomb
+ the final egg is empty to represent the empty tomb

That's it! You don't need printables or anything fancy to make the story memorable and meaningful to young children. Other than scrounging around for a few quarters, I was able to put these together with things around the house (substituting screws for the nails until I get to Hobby Lobby!)

You don't have to number the eggs or open them in order. Let your little one explore the contents of the eggs and talk about what the trinkets represent. Pretty soon they will be able to recreate the story on their own!

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