Fill plastic eggs with special treasures to represent gifts Jesus gives and then hide them for children to hunt. After finding the eggs, discuss how to find significance in Easter customs, such as eggs and chat about how the contents are reminders of the joy of Easter.
Although eggs were part of pagan traditions, God is the one who created eggs and they are a symbol of life. Jesus died and came out of a tomb to give people life. The gathering of these still looking shells are reminders of the gathering of souls mentioned in Matthew 24:31. The Lord wants Christians to gather believers and find those who need Jesus.
The tomb revealed a special treasure, as the rock rolled away the emptiness showed that Jesus had risen. He completed what he came to do when he rose and gave us everlasting life. Read the suggested Scriptures given in parenthesis and chat about the meanings.
Sweet, Colorful Treasures
Little candies are sweet reflect the sweetness of God’s word (Psalm 19:9-10, 119:103), the sweetness words can offer (Proverbs 24:16), and sweet joy of salvation (John 3:16, Luke 15:7). Talk the importance of Christ’s death and the joy of life in heaven.
Look at the beautiful colors of the eggs and discuss how God made colors and even placed a colorful rainbow in the sky as a promise to people (Genesis 9:16).
Find or buy small items and make spiritual connections with each type. Items could include coins, ponytail holders, barrettes, little jewelry, tiny cars, erasers, magnets and other small items. Each one can symbolize a truth Jesus taught.
Coins reflect how valuable each person is to God (Matthew 6:26-34), worth much more than little sparrows. Bands that hold ponytails represent how God’s love binds believers together (John 17:25) while other hair decorations are reminders that God numbers every hair (Matthew 10:30) because he cares for each person so much.
Erasers symbolize forgiveness (Acts 10:43), vehicles symbolize that after he rose Jesus asked believers to go everywhere and tell others the good news (Matthew 2819), magnets are reminders to stick close to Jesus and follow him (John 10:27) and little gems are reminders that Christians are living stones (Peter 2:5).
Eggs can also be filled with items reflecting the Easter story. But or create resurrection eggs. A nail for the crucifixion (John 20:25-29), a small rock for the stone rolled away (John 20:1), or piece of white fabric for the linen wrappings (John 20:6-7) are among the items that can be used to tell the story.
Number the eggs with a permanent marker to put them in order after the hunt and retell the story. Let children match numbers with numbers written in the bottom of an egg carton. Use as few or many eggs as desired and appropriate for the ages of children.
Hide some empty eggs and encourage children to proclaim, “The tomb is empty, He is risen” when they open these special ones (Matthew 28:6). Talk about how exciting it must have been for the people who came and saw the empty tomb. The empty eggs also represent empty days ahead, ones not yet lived and choices to make each day to follow Jesus and his plans for each person (Jeremiah 29:11).
Egg hunts provide fun for kids. Using activities and the Bible to share spiritual lessons make the day more meaningful and celebrate the resurrection, the real reason for joy.