Last year at Easter, we did a similar activity as a family with the Hannays. I guess my mom made a nifty Easter Egg kit for them that they shared with us. I liked it so much I googled it, and after changing a few things, came up with this Easter egg hunt activity:
I have 12 numbered eggs containing these objects and scriptures. I hid them along with eggs that have candy and seminary money. We also have confetti eggs. The kids who find the confetti eggs can smash them on another student and steal one of their eggs (thanks Hannay family for that idea!). The seminary building has this really great yard and I convinced Seth to come early and help me hide them all.
|Egg #1-Palm Leaf|
|Eggs 1-12 with quotes and objects|
|"Golden Eggs" worth Seminary Money if found|
|I put candy into lots of other eggs|
|We will hunt over 100 eggs|
|The Easter Bunny|
Here are the 12 egg quotes:
1) Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. The people waved palm leaves and shouted Hosanna! Matt 21: 8 And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. 9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
2) Mary poured expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet. John 12: 3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. 4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, 5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? 6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. 7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. 8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.
3) Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples and instituted the Sacrament Luke 22: 19 ¶And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me 20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
4) Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Luke 22: 47 ¶And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. 48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
5) Soldiers placed a crown of thorns of Jesus’ head John 19: 2 And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,
6) Soldiers parted Jesus’ garments and cast lots for His coat John 19: 23 ¶Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.
7) Jesus carried his own cross John 19: 17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha
8) Jesus was nailed to a cross and pierced in His side John 19: 18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. 37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced
9) They gave Jesus vinegar mixed with gall on a sponge to drink Matt 27: 34 ¶They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.
10) Spices to prepare Jesus for burial John 19: 40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
11) The stone covering on Jesus’ tomb was rolled away John 20: 1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
12)“He is not here, HE HAS RISEN, just as He said Come and see where He lay (Matt 28:6)
Here are the objects in each egg:
1) Palm leaf or any leaf
2) Cotton ball with perfume on it
3) Sacrament cup
4) 3 dimes
5) Thorny stick (from a rosebush...thanks for those Lucy!)
6) A Die (singular for dice)
7) Small wooden cross
8) A Nail
9) Piece of sponge
11) A Rock
12) Empty Egg
We returned to class, opened our eggs, got our Seminary cash, then we took turns reading the numbered eggs. I think it was a good lesson. As I typed up each slip, I had time to really read and reread many of these scriptures and it was a good experience for me.
We are currently in 1 Corinthians and I wrote a phrase from 6:20 on the board:
"For ye are bought with a price"
After each student wrote the quote in their journal they had to write what that knowledge meant to them. As Paul says, we are not our own, because Christ has paid for us with the Atonement and that is the Good News of the Gospel. I hope they enjoyed it and thought a little bit about what the Good News means.