Resurrection Eggs have been a tradition in most Christian families for years. What are Resurrection Eggs? They are a dozen plastic eggs with tiny symbols in each that represent an important occurrence during Holy Week. These symbols help children to remember the story leading up to Jesus’ Resurrection. The only problem is children tend to enjoy playing with the symbols so much that they often become misplaced. So in an effort to eliminate the need to go hunting for a tiny donkey at a hobby store on Palm Sunday painting Resurrection rocks seemed like the perfect alternative. And what’s more, it’s simple & fun!
What You’ll Need:
- An empty Egg Carton (to store rocks in)
- 12 rocks
- Various Colors of Sharpie Paint Markers (Blue, Orange, Purple, White, Green, etc.)
Allow children to paint the various symbols on their rocks. Here are the 12 we used. But since you don’t need to be limited to 12 feel free to add to the following…include bread, white linen, fish, fragrance, etc.
Donkey – Jesus rode to Jerusalem on a donkey. (Matthew 21:1-11) The use of a donkey instead of a horse is highly symbolic; it represents the humble arrival of someone in peace, as opposed to arriving on a steed in war.
Palms- (Matthew 21:1-11) Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey, and to the lavish praise of the townspeople who threw palms or small branches, in front of him as a sign of homage. This was a customary practice for people of great respect.
3 Pieces of Silver – Judas betrays Jesus (Matthew 27:3)
Chalice – The Last Supper (Matthew 26:17-19)
Praying Hands- Jesus praying at Gethsemane (Matthew 26: 14-27)
Leather whip – Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged (whipped) Him. (John 19:1)
Crown of Thorns – Jesus crowned king of the Jews. (John 19:2-4, Mark 15:17)
Purple Cloth –And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple [porphyrus] robe (John 19:2)
Cross– Jesus carries his cross to the site of the crucifixion. (John 19:17)
Dice – Soldiers divide up Jesus’ clothes. (John 19:23)
Spear- When the soldiers came to Jesus they saw that he was already dead; they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. (John 19:32-34)
Rock- Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. (John 20:1)
After Holy Week pack away your Resurrection Rocks for next year, or, as my children have requested, hide them around town as symbols for others to remember His love, death, & Resurrection.
Does your family have a similar tradition/craft? Please share.