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Use these ideas to celebrate Easter with children.

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A New Dozen

Easter eggs are a great way to tell about Easter. The filled plastic Easter eggs can be opened at home on different days of Holy Week, used to tell the purpose of an egg hunt, or illustrate a sermon on Easter morning. Keep the surprise element year after year by changing the contents of the eggs and the details of the Gospel story that you focus on. Here, along with the classic contents, are new items that are sure to keep your kids’ interest piqued. Because of the small size of these items, use them only with children ages 4 and older.

  • Gray fleece or a tiny donkey to represent the donkey borrowed by Jesus’ disciples in Jerusalem (Matthew 21:2-5);
  • Palm branch or a doll’s coat to represent the reaction of the crowd in Jerusalem (Matthew 21:8-11);
  • Three silver coins or 30 dimes to represent Judas’ payment for his betrayal (Matthew 26:14-15);
  • A strip of terry cloth fabric to represent the towel Jesus wore as he washed the disciple’s feet (John 13:4-11);
  • A miniature cup or a broken piece of matzo to represent the Last Supper (Matthew 26:17-29);
  • Miniature praying hands to represent the praying hands of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:32-42);
  • A watch to represent Jesus’ question to his disciples about watching and praying with him (Mark 13:37);
  • A rooster figure or a feather to represent Peter’s denials (Luke 22:61);A piece of rope to represent Jesus’ arrest (John 18:12);
  • A leather strip to represent when Jesus was beaten (John 19:1);A small piece of soap to represent Pilate washing his hands of Jesus’ sentencing (Matthew 27:20-24);
  • Thorns or a piece of a rose bush to represent the crown of thorns Jesus wore (Matthew 27:29);
  • A cross or two sticks to represent the cross Jesus carried and was crucified on (John 19:16-22);
  • Three nails to represent how Jesus was nailed to the cross (John 19:16-22);A toy soldier or dice to represent the soldiers who gambled for Jesus’ clothing (John 19:23-24);
  • Color the inside of one egg with a black permanent marker to represent the darkness that fell at noon (Luke 23:44-45);
  • A piece of sponge or a cotton ball soaked in vinegar to represent the gall offered to Jesus (John 19:28-30);
  • A toothpick-end dipped in red paint and dried to represent the piercing of Jesus’ side (John 19:32-37);
  • A shattered or split rock to represent the earthquake that occurred when Jesus died (Matthew 27:51, 54);
  • Purple cloth to represent the torn curtain in the temple (Matthew 27:51);Gauze or strips of muslin to represent Jesus’ grave clothes (Matthew 27:57-61);
  • Cinnamon stick or a tiny bottle of perfume to represent the burial spices the women prepared (Luke 23:55-56);
  • A rock and chunk of paraffin to represent the sealed tomb (Matthew 27:65-66);Empty egg to represent the empty tomb (Matthew 28:5-8);
  • An angel or a gold chenille stem twisted into a halo (John 20:12);
  • A chick or a flower bud to represent the new life we can have in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17);
  • Cotton batting to represent Jesus’ ascension through the clouds (Luke 24:51-53);A tiny Bible to remind kids to tell others the wonderful story (Luke 24:46-50).

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