I love all things easter. Cute bunnies, egg hunts, pretty baskets filled with goodies… but none of these things mean anything. Last year we changed our celebrations to really celebrate the Lord, His sacrificial death, and miraculous resurrection from the grave. I don’t want my kids to think Easter + God, I want us to simply celebrate RESURRECTION, because without it we are dead. It is His resurrection that gives us life freed from the power of sin and death! I want that to be what we celebrate and talk about. But I also want to celebrate in beauty with treats that delight their little hearts because those little gifts are what makes the day special.
To help with our Christ centered celebrations I created this resurrection pack of printable stitched eggs and crosses. The eggs spell out “Jesus is Risen” along with some matching crosses to help us keep Him central. Each egg has a letter on the top and part of a poem starting with that letter written on the bottom. When read all together in sequence it tells the story of His resurrection and it’s importance in our lives. The poem rhymes which makes it fun for little ones and helps them to remember it as well.
The printable eggs are the size of the larger plastic eggs you can buy at any store ( I got mine form Hobby Lobby) so that you can glue them to the front of the eggs and then fill them with treats.
You can use them to make a resurrection basket like I did or you can use them in other ways as well. Here are some ideas on how to use the printables to enhance your family celebrations:
- Resurrection Baskets: Print out eggs and hot glue them to the front of plastic eggs that are filled with treats. Or use the eggs to decorate the actual basket of goodies around the outside. Use the crosses for initials so they know which basket is which. Once the excitement of looking through their baskets is over sit everyone down and read the poem together.
- Educational Egg Hunt: Laminate the eggs, hide them, and then have an egg hunt. The first person to find all their letters (it my help to have each person in a separate room) and spell out Jesus is Risen wins a prize or receives their basket on Resurrection Sunday.
- Neighborhood Egg Hunt: You could print the eggs out and hide them inside of plastic eggs along with treats. This would be a great opportunity to reach out and share the true meaning of Easter with friends and Neighbors. At the end you could gather everyone together and read the short poem aloud. You could laminate the crosses in the packet and add initials to them and give them away as little bookmark thank you’s.
- Easter Tree Ornaments: You could hole punch the eggs and hang them on an easter tree.
- Resurrection Day Countdown: You could use them as a 12 day countdown to Resurrection day putting them up on the wall and rereading the poem each day with the newest egg added. On Resurrection Sunday you would have the whole story to look forward to.
- Bunting: You could tie the eggs and/or crosses together and make a decoration for your mantel or stair rail.
I hope this pack helps you and your family celebrate Jesus and His Resurrection in a fun and beautiful way this easter season!