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Friday, April 2, 2010

The 12 Eggs of Easter

I saw this idea on my friend Rachel's blog. It's such a cute idea and great way to help remember what Easter is really about. It's a great {Family Home Evening} or {Sharing Time} Activity.

The 12 Eggs of Easter
An Easter Activity for younger kids that allows you to teach the real purpose of Easter in a way that is fun and will keep their attention.
* Number with stickers or a marker 12 plastic Easter eggs (the larger the egg the better).
* Put the following items in the respective eggs:
1. A leaf (real or plastic). If it vaguely resembles a palm branch, all the better.
2. A piece of cloth with a little perfume on it.
3. A piece of tortilla, pita, or bread.
4. A picture of Jesus with children or of a temple.
5. Three dimes.
6. A piece of purple cloth or paper.
7. A cross made out of wood, toothpicks, popsicle sticks, or paper.
8. A nail.
9. A piece of paper that says THE KING OF THE JEWS.
10. A little bundle wrapped in fabric, a baggie, plastic wrap, etc. of spices (cloves would be nice).
11. A stone (rounded would be best).
12. Leave empty.
* If you have a Gospel Art Picture Kit, get these pictures: 223, 225, 227, 228, 230, 232
* The Activity: Hide the eggs either around the house or outside. Have the kids find the 12 eggs and then gather together as a family for the lesson. Have the kids take turns opening the eggs in order. Here are the explanations for the items in each egg as well as a scripture to go along with each item.
1. When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the people waved branches because that's what people used to do when a king walked by. (Mark 11:8-9)
2. Later Jesus had a special dinner with his friends. A women came and poured perfume on His head. This showed that she knew that He was the Christ and she knew that He would die soon. (Mark 14:3)
3. The next day, Jesus had another special meal with His disciples. We call this The Last Supper. This is when the sacrament began. Jesus said that people who followed Him should have bread and wine or water to help them remember Him. (Mark 14:22)
4. Jesus went to a garden to pray. Here, He suffered for our sins. Because He did this for us, we can repent and live in heaven again. (D&C 16:16-19)
5. Judas was supposed to be one of Jesus's special helpers, but instead he helped other men arrest Jesus. He did this because those men paid him money. (Mark 14:10-11)
6. After Jesus was arrested, the soldiers were really mean to Him and made fun of Him. One thing that they did was to put a purple robe on Him. Only kings wore purple robes. They didn't realize that He really was a king. They were just teasing Him because His followers believed he was a king. (Mark 15:16-18)
7. Jesus was crucified. (Mark 15:25)
8. When the soldiers put Jesus on the cross, the pounded nails into His hands and feet. (D&C 6:37)
9. Another thing the soldiers did to make fun of Jesus was to put a sign on the cross that said: THE KING OF THE JEWS. Again they were making fun of Him. They didn't realize that He really was the King of the Jews. (Mark 15:26)
10. After Jesus died, His friends put his body in a tomb. Later some of the women who followed Him came to the tomb to put spices on His body. That was something they did back then when someone died. (Mark 16:1)
11. The tomb had a rock that could roll over the opening to seal it. While the women were walking to the tomb, they wondered how they would get the big stone out of the way. (Mark 16:3-4)
12. When the women got to the tomb, they were amazed to find that the stone had been rolled out of the away and Jesus's body was gone. Then an angel came and told them that "He is risen, He is not here" This egg is empty because Jesus's tomb was empty. He was resurrected after 3 days. (Mark 16:6)
* You may want to share your testimony on the Savior and the Resurrection at this point.

Just seems like a great way to remember what this holiday is all about.

1 comment:

Bridgette said...

Thanks Brittany! What a great idea.

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