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You'll need 12 large Easter eggs labeled on the outside from 1-12 and put the following items inside:

#1    Sacrament cup

#2    three dimes

#3    small rope or twine

#4    soap chip

#5    red cloth, thorns

#6    cross (use a toothpick) and one small nail

#7    dice

#8    sponge, stick

#9    rocks

#10  white linen cloth, round stone

#11  spices (bay leaf and clove)

#12  leave empty

Read each of the following scriptures as you open each egg:

#1    Matthew 26:39

#2    Matthew 26:14-15, thus fulfilling the prophecy in Zechariah 11:12-14

#3    Matthew 27:1-2

#4    Matthew 27:24-26

#5    Matthew 27:28-30

#6    Matthew 27:31-32, and he was crucified and nailed to a cross.

#7    Matthew 27:35-36

#8    Matthew 27:46, 48

#9    Matthew 27:50-51, 54

#10    Matthew 27:57-60

#11    Matthew 28:1 (bringing sweet spices to anoint Him) 2,  and verse 5

#12    Matthew 28:6  "He is not here: for He is risen as He said."

Another version submitted by Emily Cowdell (ga03222007):

For a unique presentation of the often heard Easter story, cut apart the following scriptures and put them correspondingly numbered plastic eggs.  Add the appropriate item (in parentheses) except for the 12th egg, which should remain empty.

Serve the eggs in a decorated basket, from an egg carton, or at each place setting at the dinner table.   This adds a nice touch to a church lesson, family home evening, or as a gift.  Or play a game of “scrambled eggs” by having players match the scriptures to the items, or putting the story in sequence.

1.  And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.  Matthew 26:39;  (Sacrament Cup)

2.  Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,, And said unto them, what will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you?  And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.  Matthew 26:14-15  This fulfilled the prophecy in Zechariah 11: 12-14 that Jesus would be sold for 30 pieces of silver.  (3 dimes)

3. When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:  And when they had bound him, they led him away and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.  Matthew 27: 1-2;  (knotted twine)

4.  When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person:  see ye to it.  Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.  Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.  Matthew 27: 24-26;  Do we also wash our hands?  (chunk of hand soap)

5.  And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.  And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand:  and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews and they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.  Matthew 27: 28-30  (square of red velvet)

6.  And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.  And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.  Matthew 27: 31-32 And He was crucified… nailed to the cross.  (Press this nail into your hand … feel how it must have hurt.)  (toothpick cross, tiny nail)

7.  And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet… And sitting down they watch him there:  Matthew 27: 35-36   (small pair of dice)

8.   Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent:. . . Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.  Matthew 27: 50-51 & 54 (tiny bag of crushed rock or potting soil)

9.  Then Joseph, a rich man) went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.  Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.  And when Joseph had taken the body, the wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock.  Matthew 27: 57-60;  (strip of white cloth)

10.  And he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher, and departed.  Pilate said unto them (the chief priests and Pharisees), Ye have a watch; go your way, make it as sure as ye can.  So they went, and made the sepulcher sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.  Matthew 27: 60, 65-66;   (a stone)  

11.   And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. / And, behold, there was a great earthquake; for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.  And the angel . . . said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  Mark 16:1, Matthew 28: 2 and 5; (bay leaf, cloves or other herb)

12.  Then the angels said unto the women, “Fear no ye; for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here, for he is risen.”  Matthew 28:6; (empty)

Comments (11)
  • Anonymous

    Can anyone tell me the gospel art kit picture page numbers that go with the 12 eggs? Thanks

  • Kerri-Ann Prince

    Thank you so much for the Easter Egg lesson. I used to have something like this about 15-20 years ago and I loved it! I don't know when I lost it, but I couldn't find it today. You saved me! Thanks!

  • Mandy Campbell

    I did something very similar to this with my junior Primary group this week. I changed it a bit so that the contents of each egg went along with a picture from the Gospel Art Kit. I used 7 eggs.

    1 - small plastic donkey, leaf resembling a plam branch - GAK #223 Read Matthew 21:8-9

    2 - small piece of soap - GAK #225, 226 (talk about the Last Supper and how Jesus washed his disciples' feet)

    3 - sacrament cup - GAK #227 Read Matthew 26:39 and talk about what the "cup" is in that scripture. Talk about how we remember Christ's suffering when we take the sacrament.

    4 - 3 dimes - GAK #228 Judas' betrayal of Jesus for 30 pieces of silver

  • Mandy Campbell

    5 - piece of red cloth, small nail - GAK #230 Read and discuss Matthew 27:28-29, 31

    6 - piece of white cloth, a few whole cloves - GAK #231 Read Matthew 27:59-60, talk about how the women took spices

    7 - egg is empty representing the empty tomb - Read Matthew 28:5-6

    I gave each child an empty egg to take home.

  • deb greenan

    Can anyone tell me what the sponge and stick have to do with the scripture in number 8?? Am I just being a bit slow?

  • Debbie

    To Deb: The sponge and the stick are related to the #8 scripture in the first half (Matthew 27: 46, 48). It's verse 48 that talks about someone (I think one of the soldiers?) getting a sponge ('spunge') full of vinegar and putting it on a stick ('reed') for Jesus to drink.

  • Sister Morgan

    I've done something pretty much like this. The kids LOVE it too! Thanks for the re-assurance.

  • Connie

    Our Primary had an activity day this past Saturday where everyone made one of these for their family and families of kids not there. The missionaries even made a couple to take to investigating families.

  • Michelle

    I have a class of 9 kids, so I turned this into a play so they all have multiple parts to keep their attention. They are ages 10-11 and ready for a more 'meaty' application. I tweaked it into 10 eggs because they are usually sold that way. Anyway - you're welcome to tweak = add = take away any. Here is the Link to copy and paste: newsletters/pdf%20files-Easter%20Egg%20Walk% 20Play.doc

  • Anonymous

    Deb Greenan asked about this but I don't think her question was understood correctly.

    The #8 egg is a piece of sponge and a stick, which references Matthew 27:34. However, that scripture isn't in the story above.

    The text for #8 above corresponds to egg #9, and the text for #9 and 10 combined correspond to egg #10.

    I didn't realize the omission either until my daughter suggested that I play "scrambled eggs" with my senior, and I went back to reprint the scriptures I was going to cut apart and distribute among the kids to read out loud.

  • sis green  - another version

    Here is a $2 printable version on Etsy story-printable

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