Start with an empty egg carton and twelve plastic Easter eggs. Each egg will hold a different item to symbolize something in the Easter story. Write each bible verse below on a slip of paper to read with each egg.
The first egg will have a silk (or real) leaf to symbolize Palm Sunday, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem.
A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Matthew 21:8
The second egg will have a piece of bread in it. This symbolizes Jesus' body, which would be given for us.
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body."
The third egg holds three dimes, as a symbol of Judas' betrayal of Jesus.
Then one of the Twelve--the one called Judas Iscariot--went to the chief priests and asked, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. Matthew 26:14-15
The fourth egg will hold a piece of knotted rope or twine. This symbolizes when Jesus was bound and taken by the authorities.
They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate, the governor. Mathew 27:2
The fifth egg holds a thorn. You can use a twig or a picture to represent the crown of thorns that was placed on Christ's head to mock him.
The soldiers bound together a crown of thorns and placed it on his head. John 19:2
The sixth egg holds a piece of purple cloth to symbolize the cloth that was put on Jesus during the trial to mock him as, "King of the Jews."
They stripped him and put a purple robe on him. Mark 15:17
The seventh egg holds a cross. You can make a cross from toothpicks, or buy a plastic one.
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). John 19:17
The eighth cross holds nails.
There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. John 19:18
The ninth egg holds a piece of sponge.
There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it.
The tenth egg holds a strip of linen.
Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a new linen sheet, and placed it in his own new tomb, which he had recently dug out of solid rock. Matthew 27:59
The eleventh egg holds a rock to symbolize the large stone that was rolled in front of Jesus' tomb.
Then Joseph rolled a large stone in front of the tomb and went away. Mathew 27:60
The last egg is EMPTY!
He is not here. He has risen just as He said. Matthew 28:6
I hope your kids love this awesome lesson. It helps keep the focus on Jesus, and less on Easter egg hunts and candy baskets! ;)