Resurrection Eggs are a wonderful Easter Activity for families. Here is how you can make them at home. Download our directions below or get the printable Resurrection Easter egg cards from Bible Games Central to make a simple paper version.
Need something to fill up your colorful Easter eggs besides jelly beans and melting chocolate? Consider the memorably educational fun of a “resurrection egg” hunt. You may have kids hunt for the eggs or simply present them in a carton, but here are a dozen possible ideas for stuffing eggs with true symbols of Easter.
As you open the eggs with students, you can pause to talk about the meaning behind each item, looking up verses as you go. To make things extra challenging (or lengthen the lesson), you could even place verses in separate eggs, and have children match the verse with the corresponding symbol. Of course, there are many possible items that you could use. Feel free to adjust or add/subtract/swap as best fits your group. These are just a few potential thoughts to get the egg rolling, so to speak…
Resurrection Eggs Items List
Note: some of these require a little more imagination or are subject to multiple interpretation, but hopefully still get the point across.
Palm Branch… When Jesus first came into Jerusalem, people waved palm branches in honor of Him. (Use a small leaf or cut paper branch)
They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” -John 12:14
Crackers… Jesus broke bread while sharing the Last Supper with His disciples.
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” -Luke 22:19
Coins… Judas did a very bad thing and betrayed Jesus for just a few coins.
When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders.
“Rope” (yarn)… After they brought Him to trial, Jesus was whipped with a big rope.
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. -John 19:1
Cloth (Felt)… The bad people teased Jesus and put a robe on Him after beating Him up.
After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. -Matthew 27:31
Thorns… Because Jesus said He was a king, they took sharp thorns and made a crown.
and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. -Matthew 27:29
Nail (Thumb tack)… Soldiers took big nails and put Jesus on the cross by His hands and feet (no, He was not hung by tacks, but you know…)
This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. Acts 2:23
Cross… Jesus was killed on a big cross, which hurt more than anything possible.
Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). -John 19:7
Vinegar “sponge” (cotton ball with vinegar)… While Jesus was on the cross, He got very thirsty, and they sent up a sponge of vinegar.
A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. -John 19:29
Spices (Cloves)… When Jesus was buried, they put spices on His body to preserve it, sort of like a mummy.
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. -Luke 24:1
Rock (stone)… When Jesus was buried, a large stone was placed over His tomb so that nobody could come and take His body.
So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. -Mark 15:46
Empty!!! Why is the last egg empty? Because the tomb was empty! Jesus is alive! He is risen!!! J
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Matt 28:5-6
How to Make Resurrection Eggs from Paper
Download, print and cut up these egg-shaped Resurrection Eggs Cards.
Place the items listed below (or the egg-shaped Resurrection Eggs Card) in each plastic Easter egg.
Use a permanent marker to write the corresponding number on the outside of each egg.
Items for Resurrection Eggs
Resurrection Egg #1
Any leaf to represent the palm branches that the people of Jerusalem spread on the road as they welcomed Jesus. You may like to cut the leaf to resemble a palm branch.
Resurrection Egg #2
Three coins to represent the 30 pieces of silver that Judas Iscariot received to betray Jesus.
Resurrection Egg #3
A small piece of terry cloth to represent the towel that Jesus used to dry his disciples’ feet after he had washed them.
Resurrection Egg #4
A small communion cup to represent the last supper.
Alternatively, use a communion wafer or a small piece of bread.
Resurrection Egg #5
A flower to represent the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus went with his disciples to pray before he was arrested.
Resurrection Egg #6
A piece of string to represent the rope that was used to tie Jesus up when he was arrested.
Resurrection Egg #7
A small stem of any plant with thorns to represent the crown of thorns that the soldiers put on Jesus’ head as they mocked him.
Resurrection Egg #8
A small cross to represent the crucifixion of Jesus.
Alternatively, use 3 small nails.
Resurrection Egg #9
A toothpick with one tip dipped in red paint or nail polish to represent the spear used by the soldier to pierce Jesus’ side.
Resurrection Egg #10
A small strip of white cloth to represent the strips of linen used to wrap the body of Jesus before he was placed in a tomb.
Resurrection Egg #11
A small stone to represent the large stone placed in front of the entrance to Jesus’ tomb.
Resurrection Egg #12
Leave the 12th egg empty to represent the empty tomb.
Resurrection Eggs Script
Use this Resurrection Eggs Script to tell the story of Easter.
Download, print and cut up the Resurrection Eggs Script.
Each numbered card tells part of the Easter story that corresponds to the object or image inside the Resurrection Egg.
Resurrection Egg #1 – Palm Branch
Jesus went to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. He rode into Jerusalem on a young donkey.
A large crowd spread their coats and palm branches on the road. The people shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Resurrection Egg #2 – 30 Pieces of Silver
Judas Iscariot, one of the 12 disciples of Jesus, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. They gave him 30 pieces of silver.
Resurrection Egg #3 – Towel
During the Passover meal, Jesus got up, took off his outer clothes, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a large bowl and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
Resurrection Egg #4 – Bread and Wine
Jesus was eating the Passover meal with his 12 disciples. He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, Jesus took the cup and said, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” They all ate the bread and drank from the cup.
Resurrection Egg #5 – Garden
After the Passover meal, Jesus went with his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray.
Resurrection Egg #6 – Rope
When Jesus had finished praying in the garden, Judas came to the garden with some soldiers and officials. The chief priests and the Pharisees had sent them. They carried torches, lanterns and weapons. They arrested Jesus and tied him up.
Resurrection Egg #7 – Crown of Thorns
The soldiers took off Jesus’ clothes and put a purple robe on him. They twisted thorns together to make a crown and placed it on his head. Then they spit on him, hit him repeatedly on his head, and pretended to worship him as the king of the Jews.
Resurrection Egg #8 – Cross
After they had finished mocking Jesus, the soldiers took Jesus to the place called Golgotha and nailed him to a cross.
Resurrection Egg #9 – Spear
After Jesus’ crucifixion, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear before his body was taken down from the cross.
Resurrection Egg #10 – Strips of Linen
A man named Joseph approached Pilate to ask for the body of Jesus. Joseph wrapped the body in spices and strips of linen, then placed it in a new tomb cut out of the rock.
Resurrection Egg #11 – Stone
Joseph placed Jesus in a tomb, rolled a large stone in front of the entrance and went away. Later, the chief priests and the Pharisees put a seal on the stone and posted some guards there.
Resurrection Egg #12 – Empty
On the third day after Jesus’ crucifixion, the women brought spices to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body. But they saw that the stone in front of Jesus’ tomb had been rolled away and the body of Jesus was not there. An angel told them, “Jesus is not here; he has risen from the dead!”