When I first became a Sunday School teacher a few years ago, I had to come up with a new lesson and craft every week. It was fun looking for different ideas on Pinterest, and over time, I built up a collection of crafts and lessons to use in my classes.
The first year I looked for Easter crafts for Sunday School, I came across the idea of making Resurrection Eggs, a collection of plastic Easter eggs that held little trinkets that could help a child tell the story of Jesus’s resurrection. It looked like so much fun, and I knew we had to give it a try.
I’ve also made this at home with my kids a few times…it’s very easy to do, and they really seem to enjoy putting it all together and showing it off to others.
To begin, you’ll want to start saving egg cartons a few weeks in advance. I share my class with another teacher, and between our two families, we are able to save up 14-15 cartons of eggs in just a couple of weeks through our normal egg use. Some years, when we’ve forgotten to save them in advance, I just buy a few extra cartons of eggs at the store, take the eggs out, and store them in a big bowl.
Next, gather up a supply of plastic Easter eggs. We usually have a million of them at home, saved from previous years, but if you have a large class, or none at home, they are pretty inexpensive to buy at this time of year. You’ll also need:
- shrinky dinks (affiliate link) to draw a donkey and cross, representing Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and the cross which he carried
- wooden dowel caps (affiliate link) and oyster crackers, representing the wine and bread of the last supper
- dimes or nickles, representing the silver coins given to Judas
- small piece of red or purple cloth, representing the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in after his arrest
- rustic craft wire (affiliate link) or small twig, to represent the crown of thorns placed on his head
- a small piece of scrap paper, on which is written “The King of the Jews,” representing the sign placed about his head on the cross
- small nails, representing the nails used to put Jesus on the cross
- kitchen sponge, representing the sponge used to give Jesus a drink of vinegar
- clean rocks (small enough to fit in an egg), representing the stone that was placed in front of the tomb
- a few cloves, representing the spices used to prepare Jesus’s body for burial
Following the directions in my Resurrection Eggs Printable Guide, put the items inside the plastic eggs, according to the story of Jesus’s last week. I usually read the story from a children’s book or Bible to the kids while they are working on the project. When they are finished, we go back through each egg to help remind them what the items represent, so that they can use the eggs to tell the Easter story to their friends or families at home.
I hope you enjoy making this Easter craft as much as we do!