DIY Resurrection Eggs & Easter Story Book Printables

DIY Resurrection Eggs & Easter Story Book Printables at lifeyourway.net

One of my favorite ways to share the Easter story with my girls is through a set of Family Life Resurrection Eggs that my mom gave us when our oldest was just a toddler. This set has been well loved, and at this point it has quite a few broken eggs and missing parts, so this year I decided to make a brand new set!

If you’ve never seen resurrection eggs, they look like a simple set of plastic Easter eggs in various colors. But inside each egg is a symbol of the Easter story — a donkey for Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, a die to represent the soldiers casting lots for Jesus’ clothes, etc.

The beauty of the set is that kids get so excited to see what’s in each egg, and it’s truly an interactive and concrete way to talk about things that are hard for them to wrap their minds around otherwise.

What I really love is that although we really only do them together as a family around Easter, the girls will occasionally grab the set to play with during quiet time, and those symbols remind them of the story as they’re playing.

DIY Resurrection Eggs

DIY Resurrection Eggs & Easter Story Book Printables at lifeyourway.net

Making your own set is actually really simple, and it’s not too late to make one for Holy Week!

Supplies:

  • 12 plastic eggs
  • an egg carton (I bought a carton of marshmallow eggs and ate them to get mine!)
  • a small leaf to represent a palm branch at Jesus’ triumphal entry
  • 3 quarters to represent the 30 pieces of silver that Judas Iscariot received
  • a thimble to represent a cup at the Last Supper
  • a tiny piece of paper rolled into a scroll to represent Jesus’ prayer in the garden
  • a piece of leather or thick fabric to represent the soldier’s whipping Jesus
  • a tiny crown made from grass or a flower stem to represent the crown of thorns
  • 2 nails to represent the nails and the cross
  • a die to represent the soldier’s casting lots for Jesus’ clothes
  • a toothpick with one end broken off to represent the spear piercing Jesus’ side
  • a piece of cheesecloth or thin fabric to represent Joseph wrapping Jesus in clean linen cloth
  • a rock to represent the stone rolled in front of the tomb
  • number stickers, optional
  • resurrection eggs cheat sheet

Directions:

Put one item in each egg, following the order on the cheat sheet. You’ll find accompanying Bible verses to help you tell the story, although I recommend paraphrasing for little ones!

Variations:

  • Use stickers to number the eggs from 1 to 12 to keep them in order.
  • Print the 8-egg cheat sheet to make a smaller set of eggs (eliminate the scroll, piece of leather, die and cheesecloth).

Easter Story Book

DIY Resurrection Eggs & Easter Story Book Printables at lifeyourway.net

A friend of mine has four daughters who are spaced just like our girls (although each of her girls is about 10 years older than ours). Their second daughter, Waverly, is a talented artist, and as I was working on this idea, I asked her if she would draw the 12 elements of our resurrection eggs so that I could make cards to correspond with the eggs.

I love how these cards turned out, and I’m so excited to share them with you!

easter story

Print the Easter story cards to use with the eggs or to tie together with a ribbon as a small book (an idea that Waverly’s youngest sister came up).

How do you share the Easter story with your kids?

Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy, and together they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. Mandi loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.
  • Katie

    These are so awesome! THANK YOU for sharing! So excited to do this with my girls! :)

  • Cindy Williams

    can’t get the PDF file to download is there is other way to get them

  • Cindy Williams

    can someone email them to me or
    facebook

  • DLW

    Hi there! Thanks for the resurrection eggs printables. I just wanted to let you know that I believe the empty tomb verse should be Matthew 28:5 not 28:25 as it says on all the printables.

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      Oh, shoot! Making a note of this so I can get it fixed; thank you so much for pointing that out!

  • Emma Sargeant

    this is brilliant, thank you so much fro taking the time to create this, I have been looking for it for years! I am using with my kids, sunday school this coming week and a women’s groups where English isn’t their first language, so a big thank you.

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      That’s awesome, Emma — I’m so glad to hear that!

  • Lea

    Thank you for sharing, an appreciated blessing. Hoping my boys will enjoy hearing the Easter story in a more tangible way!

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      You’re welcome, Lea — I hope you enjoy them!

  • Rdryder

    Barb Craft who invented these just passed away at 79 on March 7, 2014. Creative, blessed woman.

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      Oh, thanks for sharing that; you’ve piqued my curiosity to learn more about their history and her life!

  • DAlvarez

    Love them!!!!! Thank you.

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      You’re welcome!

  • JoyinJ

    Thank you so much for sharing the printable ‘story’ This would be perfect to share with the international ladies I work with at our Easter party, using the resurrection eggs.

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      You’re welcome! :)

  • matt

    Thank you for sharing this. I am living in Taiwan and I will be using this to share the Good News with my students here. I have even taken the cards and made them with Chinese. This was much appreciated!

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      You’re very welcome!

  • Mindy

    Thank you so much for these! I have a set of Resurrection eggs and the text that comes with them is long–a few pages with each. It’s too much for my class of mostly four-year-old boys to pay attention to. This should work really well.

    • http://lifeyourway.net/ Mandi @ Life Your Way

      Oh, fun! I’m glad you’re able to use them!

  • Kjerstin Deane

    Thanks for posting this! We made them in about an hour and all with things we had on hand. Great project to work on as a team and great way to do something meaningful without spending a dime (well except for the 3 quarters…lol).

  • musicalmagpie

    I once read a story about a Sunday School class. The teacher gave each child a plastic egg, and took them outside with orders to find something that symbolized the Easter story. Afterwards, one by one they explained their choices: a rock, a leaf, a scrap of cloth, a flower bud, etc.

    A little boy with Down Syndrome was the last to share. With great ceremony, he opened his egg. There was nothing inside.

    The teacher wondered if he had understood the assignment. “Dear, why doesn’t your egg have anything inside it?” she asked.

    Smiling joyously, the boy replied, “The tomb is empty.”

    And that is why, whenever I do the resurrection eggs, the last egg has nothing inside it.

  • Joanne

    I was introduced to the resurrection eggs by a relative and thought this is a grand idea to use as an Easter presentation to my church family on Sunday. Sorry to hear of the passing of Barb Craft for being the creator of this and thank you Mandi for sharing Life Your Way.