How to make resurrection eggs

March 07, 2008


Resurrection eggs tell the story of Jesus’ life from Palm Sunday to Easter and give children the opportunity to visualize the story of the Passion and Resurrection.

“In doing so, it helps them understand what Jesus did for us,” said Pat Allshouse, associate for faith formation at the Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier, Hunt Valley. “Families bring these out year after year. Some hold a family Easter egg hunt then gather to open the eggs and tell the story.”

This craft and activity works well for children as young as 3 or 4 and up to elementary age.

“Even an older child can host a hunt for younger siblings,” she said. “The idea is to take common items to fill the eggs – things that represent what Jesus endured and remind us of our connectedness to his passion, death and resurrection.”


Instructions on how to make resurrection eggs:


Materials:

• egg carton

• 1 dozen plastic eggs

• basket for eggs

• sentence strips

• marker


11 suggested story symbols to fit inside eggs:

• piece of palm

• piece of soap

• clay

• rosary or item to represent prayer

• few pennies

• piece of leather shoelace

• brown pipe cleaner twisted into circle

• nail

• cocktail toothpick

• piece of gauze

• stone


Directions:

• Spread out sentence strips to create a timeline of events. Ask the child to match each object with a part of the story. Read sentence strips with accompanying verses from the Bible or tell the story of the Passion in your own words;

• Place inside each egg the symbol and matching sentence strip; leave one empty egg (empty tomb);

• Other suggestions for materials include: cross, piece of sponge dipped in vinegar, black cloth (temple curtain or dark day), grapevine wreath (crown of thorns), flowers (Easter), numeral 3 (three days), piece of evergreen (palm branch), cracker (Last Supper); or colored illustrations of these items;

• Number the eggs in the order of the story and place in basket.


Sentence strips:

1. Jesus rides into Jerusalem. The people cheer. (palm)

2. Jesus gathers with his friends to celebrate Passover and wash their feet. (piece of soap)

3. Jesus blesses the bread and wine and gives them to his friends to eat. (clay)

4. Jesus goes to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. (rosary)

5. Judas receives 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus. (coins)

6. Pilate listens to the people and condemns Jesus to death. The Roman soldiers take him away and whip him. (leather strip)

7. Jesus is mocked and a crown of thorns is placed on his head. (pipe cleaner)

8. Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies. (nail)

9. The soldiers pierce Jesus’ side to see if he is still alive. (toothpick)

10. Jesus’ friends take his body down from the cross and wrap him in white cloth. (gauze)

11. Jesus is laid in a tomb. The rock is rolled in front so that his body will not be disturbed. (stone)

12. Jesus rises from the dead. (empty egg)


This activity can be done as a bedtime story, family night activity, part of family prayer during Holy Week, or as an Easter egg hunt, said Mrs. Allshouse. The eggs can be assembled ahead of time.