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I first made a set of Resurrection Eggs in MOPs (Moms of Preschoolers). It’s a fun group that is available in many different communities. You can Google it to see if there is a location near you. We used that set for three years, but a few months ago, my kids found it and played with it a little too much.
I can’t imagine a better way to share the Easter story with my kids, so I started doing research on making a new set. It turns out there are a lot of different ways to do this tradition. I’ll share suggestions of other resources at the bottom of this article. Here is what we did.
What Are Resurrection Eggs?
Inside each of 12 eggs is an object that represents the end of Jesus’ life. The objects correspond to Bible verses. If you open the eggs in order and read the corresponding Scripture, you will read Jesus' story beginning at the Triumphal entry all the way to His resurrection. Being able to hold a visual really helps kids to remember and understand the story. We use the English Standard Version for our verses. Also, we printed them out and glued them to the inside of the egg carton for easy reference.
Egg 1: Triumphal Entry
Symbol: Palm leaf
Verse: John 12:13
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”
I made my leaf out of green cardstock because that’s what I had on hand. My first set had a plastic leaf. (I sure wish I could find that; it was much more durable than this one is going to be!) I saw a lady online who had a tiny plastic donkey she used as a symbol with this egg. It was adorable.
Egg 2: Last Supper
Verse: Matthew 26:26
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”
We used a crouton. Others used a piece of a cracker.
Egg 3: Judas Betrays Jesus
Symbol: Silver coin
Verse: Matthew 26:14-15
Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.
I used various foreign coins because they’re fun :) Our first set had a nickel in it.
Egg 4: Jesus Is Beaten
Symbol: Rope and Thorns
Verses: Mark 15:15 & Matthew 27:29
So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
We used a piece of twine and a little section from our rose bush. My husband isn’t too excited about having real thorns in the egg, so I might replace it with a brown pipe cleaner twisted into a miniature crown. It doesn’t quite have the same horrifying impact, though.
Egg 5: Jesus on the Cross
Verse: John 19:17-18
and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.
We just tied two sticks together with a piece of string from some leftover burlap. You could glue toothpicks together. Or I’ve seen people use a charm from a necklace. I personally like the more rugged crosses. Jesus didn’t die for us on anything pretty. I bet he had plenty of splinters.
Egg 6: Jesus Is Crucified
Verse: John 20:25
So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”
Surely everyone has one or two of these that are not in use.
Egg 7: Casting Lots for Jesus' Clothing
Verse: Luke 23:34
And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.
I bought a pack of dice. I probably should have just taken one out of one of the games we no longer play, but I didn’t. Anyway, there were 10 in the package. So if anyone is reading this who knows me, feel free to ask me for one!
Egg 8: Jesus Is Thirsty
Verse: Matthew 27:48
And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink.
We just cut a little piece off of a sponge.
Egg 9: Jesus Is Pierced
Verse: John 19:34
But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.
Our original set didn’t have this, but I liked it, so we have added it. I read that someone had her husband whittle a piece of wood to make a spear. I bought a Hobbit Lego set from Target and stole the sword out of it. There are two spears in the set, so my son (who will be getting the Legos for his birthday) won’t even notice that one is missing!
Egg 10: Jesus' Body Is Prepared for Burial
Symbol: Cloth and spices
Verse: John 19:40
So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.
We tore a small piece of white cloth and used a few cloves. You could use one or the other of these symbols and still effectively get the point across. I only used both because we had both in the house. I do love the cloves. They make the whole egg carton smell great—“like Christmas” as my daughter says.
Egg 11: Jesus Is Buried
Verse: Matthew 27:59-60
And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.
Egg 12: An Empty Tomb
Verse: Matthew 28:6
He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.
The best news of all! Jesus did not remain dead in the tomb! He is risen!
Summary of Supplies Needed (and My Cost):
- 12 Plastic eggs ($1)
- Egg carton
- Palm leaf
- Dice ($1.87)
- Spear ($9.99—slightly embarrassed to admit this)
- Printout of verses
- Something to decorate your egg carton, optional
Verses for Resurrection Eggs
Here are all the verses we used. Feel free to copy and paste this section into a Word Document so you can use it for your own set of eggs.
- John 12:13—So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”
- Matthew 26:26—Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.”
- Matthew 26:14-15T—Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver.
- Matthew 27:29—and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
- Mark 15:15—So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
- John 19:17-18—and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.
- John 20:25—So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”
- Luke 23:34—And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.
- Matthew 27:48—And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink.
- John 19:34—But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.
- John 19:40—So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.
- Matthew 27:59-60—And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.
- Matthew 28:6—He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.
Not crafty but like this idea? You can purchase a set of Resurrection Eggs.
Also, there is a book called Benjamin’s Box that will go through the story with you. I haven’t read the book, but it gets great reviews.
Other sets have chosen different events in Jesus’ death and resurrection to emphasize.
- Purple cloth to symbolize the robe He was given
- A sign that reads “King of the Jews”
- Praying hands to signify Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane
- I decorated our egg carton with leftover contact paper and glued the label on the top of it. I saw others on Google images that had cross stickers and other crafty cute things on the top.
- I haven’t bought plastic eggs in years, so maybe this is old news. The only ones I could find have holes in them. What are those for?!? The nails will poke right through those holes, so we put tape on the bottom of some of them.
- We printed out the verses and glued them to the inside of the egg carton so they are easily accessible. And I do recommend numbering the outside of each egg.
- We tell this story every night for several weeks leading up to Easter. It delights my insides that the kids know what the objects represent and sometimes they can predict the object in the next egg.
Warning: This set is NOT a toy. All of the pieces are choking hazards and should be kept out of reach of small children. I’ll try to remember that.
Christ is risen from the dead Trampling over death by death Come awake come awake Come and rise up from the grave Christ is risen from the dead We are one with him again Come awake come awake Come and rise up from the grave O death, where is your sting? O hell, where is your victory? O church, come stand in the light The glory of God has defeated the night Christ Is Risen by Matt Maher
Becka on April 09, 2019:
This is so awesome and creative! Im playing this during our Easter Bible study except I'm going to add my own twist! I'm not going to number the eggs, and I'm going to have each person who opens an egg try to guess what part of the resurrection it represents! I'm also going to ask then what it means to them. Finally, because the eggs won't be numbered, I'm going to have the group. As a whole, work together to try to put everything in the proper order. Thank you!
Mackenzie Sage Wright on April 25, 2014:
Cute idea; not my holiday so I probably won't ever do it but I might create a new version to fit our own beliefs. I just love kids crafts, this is awesome. Thanks for sharing.
theBAT on April 20, 2014:
A very interesting hub you got here. I enjoyed reading this. This gives new meaning to easter eggs in relation to easter. Thanks for sharing.
Rev. Akins from Tucson, AZ on April 20, 2014:
Wow, my wife and I always struggle with what to do with our Easter eggs. I am a minister so the egg hunt usually happens after church is done. This would be a great way for them to find the eggs, and help reinforce what they have heard in church. Wonderful idea! Love it!
Carrie L Cronkite from Maine on April 19, 2014:
This is so beautiful, I love this. Thank you so much for sharing this. I'm going to do this with for my granddaughter. I know she will love this too.
Blessings to you!
cathylynn99 from northeastern US on April 19, 2014:
it is irresponsible parenting to subject a young child to the full goriness of this.
Tina Truelove on April 19, 2014:
I love Resurrection Eggs, but I didn't know about this idea until my kids were much older. My son is getting married this summer though so maybe in a few years, I can do this with my grandchildren.
Patricia Bruce on April 19, 2014:
What a cool way to teach children about our Savior! Congratulations on Hub of the Day! Have a blessed Easter...
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on April 19, 2014:
This is just wonderful; for children and adults! ^+ and shared
Faith Reaper from southern USA on April 19, 2014:
Congratulations on Hub of the Day! Wow, I see you published 13 months ago, I wonder why I missed this one? I would love to do this with my grandchildren. Awesome Easter project to teach truth to children.
Up and more, tweeting, pinning
He is risen!
God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper
RTalloni on April 19, 2014:
Back to say congrats on your Hub of the Day award for this very nicely done post!
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 19, 2014:
What a wonderful way to teach the story of the crucifixion and resurrection! Thanks so very much for sharing this.
ExpectGreatThings (author) from Illinois on February 26, 2014:
Jen - hoping Jesus' story comes to life for all the kids in your circle!
Jenn @ buildingmommymuscles on February 25, 2014:
Putting this on my Easter Pinterest board!
ExpectGreatThings (author) from Illinois on September 06, 2013:
Wow Rebeccamealey! I have no idea how I missed replying to your comment. I think those are great ideas for getting these story egg-cartons into the hands of kids. And maybe even some parents will benefit from the simplicity of it :)
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 07, 2013:
What a wonderful idea for Sunday school at Easter. At home as well. This could be used for VBS, too!
ExpectGreatThings (author) from Illinois on March 18, 2013:
That song was beautiful! Thank you for sharing it; I'd never heard it before. Thank you also for reading and being such a great example :)
RTalloni on March 18, 2013:
This activity sizes great truths down for little ones, opening doors that can take them to eternal levels of understanding as The Word reaches into their hearts and minds. Nicely done hub on how to prepare and do the activity. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNup-iYFZC4
Pinned to my Children's Books/Activities board
ExpectGreatThings (author) from Illinois on March 18, 2013:
Thank you Simoninikid! I know my kids would love to go through these eggs with their Grandparents!
SimoniniKid from Beautiful Glen Ellyn, IL on March 18, 2013:
Very thorough, so thorough in fact, even a Gramma like me can follow them! Great job! Love this idea.