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Bring in the spirit of Easter with these Holy Week Easter Story Eggs-each egg contains items related to the day of Holy Week, along with scriptures, leading up to Easter Sunday. It’s the perfect way to teach children the Easter story and makes a great activity or gift to give to youth and church groups (Primary, Young Women, etc).
A couple of years ago, while I was serving in the Primary presidency, we wanted to do something special for our primary kids that would help them teach the Easter story to their families. It’s so fun and rewarding to teach them ourselves but to see them teach what they learned, that is the greatest reward! My mother-in-law once created a box of items we could use during Holy Week to teach our children the events leading up the Crucifixion and Resurrection and I thought it would be perfect for our ward, though on a smaller scale. So we created these small baskets of Easter story eggs!
We put together 8 eight eggs with items that correspond to scriptures and events in the Easter story. We made about 40 little baskets to send home with each child. I found the small baskets at Oriental Trading Company as well as the bags of eggs. The eggs I chose to use were smaller than the normal plastic Easter eggs because they were cheaper and fit in the baskets easier. The only exception were the white eggs. They were bigger (you can tell in the picture) and harder to find. We found our white eggs at Hobby Lobby. Most of the things we placed inside the eggs were picked up at the dollar store or craft store. We also threw in some candy for fun! We placed them in basket bags that we also purchased from Oriental Trading Company.
I’m including two free printables for you to use. One has a list of each egg and the scriptures that go with them and the other is an empty tomb printable. The idea is for the kids to be able to go home and explain the Easter story on their own by using the visuals inside their eggs. We had a lot of great feedback from parents who said their kids did just that!
Here is what each egg had inside. You can download the printables at the bottom of the post.
The Pink Egg
The Pink egg contains 3 small “coins”. I found these at the Dollar Store in the toy section-it was a small “Connect 4” game and I was able to get 5 sets out of one game. I wrote “10” on each piece with a Sharpie to represent the 30 pieces of silver that Judas collected for betraying the Savior. Along with the coins is a piece of moss. This is easy to find at any craft store in the floral section and you can sometimes find it at the dollar store. You just need one bag of moss to create several sets of eggs! Grab a small piece to stick inside the egg with the silver coins. The scriptures referenced are Matthew 26:14-15 and Matthew 26:36, 39.
The Purple Egg
The purple egg contains a scrap of soap and a knotted rope. The soap represents Pontius Pilate washing his hands of the crucifixion of Christ and the rope represents when they bound the Savior and brought him to Pilate. I just bought a bar of cheap soap and shaved some pieces off. I had a ball of thin twine that I cut and knotted. That’s all for this one! Reference Matthew 27:1-2 and Matthew 27:22,24
The Green Egg
The green egg has a scrap of red fabric inside. This represents the scarlet robe and the crown of thorns that they placed on Christ before they crucified Him. I bought a red fat quarter piece of fabric and cut it into pieces. Reference Matthew 27:28-29
The Yellow Egg
The yellow egg contains some of the most important pieces to the Easter story. Inside are two small nails and small wooden cross. To make the cross, I bought a bag of small twigs in the floral section of Joann’s and broke them into pieces, some smaller than others. I used hot glue to create a cross with them. I also bought a box of small nails (they needed to be small to fit inside the egg). There are small holes in the eggs so be sure to tape them up so the nails don’t fall through the holes! Reference Matthew 27:31
The Orange Egg
This egg has a small scrap of linen inside representing the folded linens that the Savior was buried in, discovered the day that He was resurrected. It is important to have this folded and not just thrown inside the egg. If it isn’t staying folded, you can iron the folds down. Reference John 20:5-7
The Blue Egg
This egg represents the burial of Christ-the spices they used on His body, the burial clothes, and the stone that closed His tomb. It contains a piece of cinnamon, a stone, and white felt. You can find cinnamon sticks at the dollar store (if you’re lucky) or at the grocery store. Cut them up into smaller pieces so they go further, if you have a lot of eggs to fill, and to fit inside. I bought a bag of small stones at the craft store and white felt. Reference Matthew 27:59, John 19:40, and John 20:1-4.
The White Egg
The white egg is the easiest and the most important-it’s empty like the tomb! It means He is risen. I also included a picture of the Savior that I found at Deseret Book to include for the kiddos to keep in their rooms. I found the white eggs at Hobby Lobby-they aren’t as easy to find as you’d think! Reference John 20:10-20
I also created a printable tomb with a scripture from Matthew to include as part of the Easter story. If you feel ambitious enough, and are able to find plastic eggs that open in half length wise, you can attach one half of the egg over the tomb printable so that it opens like a stone. I’m sorry I don’t have a picture but I was able to do it one of the years that we used this idea. Finding eggs that open lengthwise can be a challenge!
Easter Story Egg Scripture List (four to a page):
He is Risen Tomb Printable (two to a page):
Here’s a list of the supplies I used, including the mini baskets and Easter eggs.
Plastic Basket Bags (to fit the entire thing inside)