Last year our family implemented a new Easter tradition. It is a very simple and easy activity, yet it helps everyone reflect on the true meaning of Easter and why we celebrate this sacred event.
This countdown-to-Easter activity is known by a myriad of names. The 12 Days of Easter, The Easter Egg Story, Easter Story In Eggs and Resurrection Eggs are just a few of the names I have heard.
Regardless of its true name, this Easter presentation is a unique advent activity which helps people, especially children, focus on the real symbol of Easter, our Savior Jesus Christ … not bunnies and eggs and chocolate. (Although we still do little Easter baskets and egg hunts in our house. We just choose to do these aspects of the holiday on another day other than Easter Sunday.)
First you gather 12 different plastic eggs and then you number them 1-12. When the eggs are filled, you will be placing them either in an empty egg carton or a basket.
In each egg you will put a piece of paper with a scripture on it. You will also add a small item to represent the passage to be read. (If you have more than one young child, you might want to put double or triple the number of items in every egg so each child can each take something away from the activity.) The 12th egg, though, will be symbolically empty to represent the empty tomb when Jesus rose on the third day.
1. Matthew 26:26-27,39 (sacrament cup or small cracker or chex cereal)
2. Matthew 26: 48-49 (chocolate kiss)
3. Matthew 26: 14-15 (3 dimes) [This fulfilled the prophecy in Zechariah 11:12-14.]
4. Matthew 27:1-2 (knotted twine)
5. Matthew 27:15, 17, 21, 24-26 (chunk of hand soap)
6. Matthew 27:28-30 or Mark 15:16-17 (square of red or purple fabric)
7. Matthew 27:31-32 (small nail or toothpick cross)
8. Matthew 27:50-51, 54 (crushed rocks)
9. Matthew 27:57-60 (strip of white cloth)
10. Matthew 27:60, 62-66 (a small, flat stone)
11. Mark 16:1, 2-6 (bay leaf or other herb)
12. Matthew 28:5-6 (empty)
There’s still nearly a week left before this countdown activity beings which gives you plenty of time to create your own set of eggs. And if you can’t find an item, you can also print a picture of the item on paper from the computer and use that in your egg.
This activity can also be tweaked and done as a single lesson. It is great for Sunday School lessons, Family Home Evening lessons (FHE) and for teaching Seminary. It also makes a nice gift to give to neighbors.
Furthermore, there are many variations on what items and scriptures you can use. Here are a few links to more ideas: