I would like to make the disclaimer up front that I in no way take credit for this activity. It is on the internet in dozens of places in some form or another--I've even seen it posted in pieces on friends' blogs already this year. However! I still think it's well worth it and my daughter loves it, so I'd like to share it again here. Hope it's helpful to someone out there!
A. Label 12 plastic Easter eggs with the numbers 1-12.
B. Place each item from the following list in the appropriate number egg:
1-leaf (real or plastic)
2-small piece of cloth with perfume on it
3-piece of tortilla or bread smashed flat
5-three dimes (or six nickels)
6-piece of purple cloth or paper
7-a cross (made of toothpicks, sticks, metal, or paper)
9-piece of paper that says THE KING OF THE JEWS
10-a bundle of spices wrapped in a baggie or plastic wrap
11-small rounded stone
12-leave this egg empty
C. If you have the Gospel Art Book (spiral bound), you can reference these pictures during the story: 50, 54, 56, 57, 58, 59, 66
D. (optional) Hide the eggs for your child to find at the beginning of the activity.
Open each egg in order by the numbers. Use the objects inside to help tell the Easter story from the New Testament. Corresponding pictures and scripture references are listed after each explanation.
The explanations given here are geared toward a 3- or 4-year-old. Adjust as needed for your family.
1: When Jesus came to Jerusalem, the people in the city waved special branches and cheered. They knew that Jesus was a King. (pic#50, Mark 11:8-9)
2: Jesus had a special dinner with some of his friends. A woman came and poured perfume on him, showing that she knew He was the Savior. (Mark 14:3)
3: Jesus had another special dinner with his apostles. He gave them the bread and water of the sacrament as a way for them to remember Him after He died. (#54, Mark 14:22)
4: Jesus went to a garden to pray to Heavenly Father. It was when we prayed that he suffered for our sins. Because he did this, we can repent and return to live with Heavenly Father again. (#56, D&C 19:16-19)
5: One of Christ's apostles told the soldiers where Jesus was so they could arrest Him. The soldiers paid him thirty pieces of silver. (Mark 14:10-11)
6: After Jesus was arrested, the soldiers were very mean to Him. They put him in a purple robe and put thorns on His head. They didn't believe that He was a king and they were making fun of Him. (Mark 15: 16-18)
7: Jesus was crucified. This means that the soldiers put Him on a cross where He was going to die. (#57, Mark 15:25)
8: The soldiers used nails to put Jesus on the cross. They put nails into His hands and His feet. (D&C 6:37)
9: The soldiers put a sign at the top of Jesus's cross that said THE KING OF THE JEWS. They were making fun of Him again. (Mark 15:26)
10: After Jesus died, His friends put His body into a tomb. Later, some women came to put spices on His body. (#58, Mark 16:1)
11: A large stone was blocking the entrance to the tomb where Jesus's body was laid and the women weren't sure how they would move the stone. When they got to the tomb, they found that the stone was already moved out of the way. (Mark 16:3-4)
12: The tomb was empty! Jesus's body was gone because He was resurrected. Because He has been resurrected, now each person can also be resurrected after we die. (#59, #66, Mark 16:6)