Thursday, April 7, 2011

kiddo kraft of the month - APRIL

(i love these girls - such sweet sisters!)

i've delayed posting the kraft for this month because i planned on doing this project with my MOPS (mother's of preschoolers) group and i didn't want them to peek at our craft.

but before i start THAT - i wanted to give a "garden in pots" update. so, apparently i planted winter veggies, and they probably won't live very long into the blazing texas heat - BUT, the peas, carrots, and basil has been growing! the lettuce peeked out and has since stalled and hasn't changed much. SO, the next time i plant seeds, i'll have to check the SEASON to plant them! but - i'm still hoping that they'll produce SOMETHING. the girls LOOOVE LOOOVE LOOOVE watering them and touching them and seeing them grow. so, it was worth it!


so - onto our kiddo kraft of the month. do you know what special holiday is coming up in a couple weeks?! it's one of my favorites. EASTER of course - cause i know you've seen all the pastel colors and candy peeps all over the place. but Easter is about more than a bunny that hides candy-filled or dyed eggs! it's the most significant day of celebration because it has ETERNAL significance. because Jesus died, was buried, and then ROSE from the grave - we ALL can have a hope for a KINGDOM future! what does that mean - it means that if you love Jesus, he's making a home for you in heaven! can i get an AMEN?!

my family exchanges handmade ornaments at christmas time. and one year, i gave everyone an easter egg ornament and told them, "we wouldn't celebrate christmas if it weren't for easter." of course, lots of teasing ensued (duh, courtney, we wouldn't celebrate easter if it weren't for christmas, duh.), and no one has let me forget it - BUT IT'S TRUE! why would we celebrate Jesus' birthday (Christmas) if he didn't do something AMAZING AND UNFORGETABLE AND AWESOME (Easter - resurrection & salvation)?!

so, the kiddo kraft of the month is - resurrection eggs. this is a GREAT tool to teach children about the easter story. i've seen this a dozen different ways, but this is how i chose to put everything together. and can i tell you, ever since i made it, leila asks me every day to tell her the Easter story! it involves most of her senses (seeing, tasting, touching, smelling), and there are questions i ask to engage her in the story. technically, it is more fun to open one egg a day the twelve days leading up to Easter Sunday, but we just couldn't resist opening them all!!!!

[all files are available at the bottom of this post - FREE!]

These are the items and their quantities that you will need:

1 (dozen-sized) egg carton

12 plastic eggs

1 “Resurrection Eggs – The Easter Story” cover paper (you can just create it in Word and print it on pretty paper)

1 Bible verse cardstock paper (i'll post the verses, again, you can create it in Word)

1 8.5x11 Easter story & Bible verse page (i'll post this, too)

*Arrange the eggs in the egg carton by the color arrangement of your choice. Number them in order, by using a permanent marker to indicate numbers 1 through 12 on the bottom or top (i did bottom). *Glue the cover paper on top of the carton and use the extra scraps to decorate/cover the egg carton (where the brand wording is, if you care to).

*Trim and glue the Bible verse cardstock paper into the underside of the carton lid.

*Fold the easter story page to fit in the carton (this is a great way to share the easter story with a family who doesn't know about Jesus - so they don't have to look up the Bible verses, in case they don't have a Bible, etc.).

Here are the contents of each egg (i bought enough to make 80 sets, so of course i got a good deal on stuff - however, feel free to improvise or change what you need to fit your budget):

Egg 1 – perfume-sprayed cotton ball (1)

Egg 2 – artificial leaves (1 bunch, mine had 3 leaves)

Egg 3 – oyster crackers (13 - one for each person who ate at the last supper - or you can just put a few, whatever!)

Egg 4 – money (3 - i used fake money, but you could put in some nickles or dimes)

Egg 5 – branch of thorns (1 - cut from my roses)

Egg 6 – wooden cross (1 - bought in 6 pack from Hobby Lobby)

Egg 7 – dice (2)

Egg 8 – nails (3)

Egg 9 – sponge (1 - cut a little square from a regular-sized sponge)

Egg 10 – piece of gauze & cloves (1 gauze & 5 cloves - or you could use another spice)

Egg 11 – rock (1)

Egg 12 – (EMPTY!)

this is what i have written on the BIBLE VERSE CARDSTOCK PAPER:

These eggs will aide your family in discussing the events leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus. Starting on the twelfth day before Easter Sunday, open one egg per day, read the accompanying Bible verse, and discuss the egg’s contents.

Egg 1 – John 12:1-8

Egg 2 – John 12:12-13

Egg 3 – Luke 22:7-20

Egg 4 – Mark 14:10-11

Egg 5 – Matthew 27:27-31

Egg 6 – John 19:17

Egg 7 – John 19:23-24

Egg 8 – Mark 15:25-32

Egg 9 – John 19:28-30

Egg 10 – John 19:38-42

Egg 11 – John 20:1

Egg 12 – Matthew 28:5-9

this is what i have written on the EASTER STORY & BIBLE VERSE PAGE (it's gonna be long, sorry, but i don't know how to attach a document on this site):


EGG 1 - John 12:1-8

Do you remember the Christmas story – when Jesus was born? That is really when the Easter story begins. In a stable in Bethlehem, a child was born. And that little baby was very special – He was God as man, and his name was Jesus. When Jesus grew up, He taught people about God and how much He loves them and how they should love each other. But not everyone agreed with what Jesus was teaching and many wanted him gone forever. Before Jesus went to the city of Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish Passover, he stopped to spend time with some of his friends. While he was there, Mary took a very very expensive jar of perfume, worth a year’s wages!, and washed his feet with it. Her generous act was a way of preparing Jesus’ body for what was to come. Smell the perfume and imagine how much Mary loved Jesus!

EGG 2 - John 12:12-13

The next day, the great crowd that had come for Passover heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!” (‘Hosanna’ means ‘Save!’) Jesus began his last week on earth by riding into Jerusalem on a donkey under a spread of palm branches, with crowds hailing him as their king. They didn’t understand that he wouldn’t be a national leader, but a spiritual savior. When it became apparent that Jesus wasn’t going to fulfill their hopes, many people turned against him. Take the leaves and wave them in the air like you would have if Jesus was riding in front of you!

EGG 3 - Luke 22:7-20

Later, Jesus sent his apostles Peter and John to find a place for them to observe the Passover meal. Passover was a holiday observed by the Jewish people to remember Israel’s escape from Egypt when the blood of a lamb painted on their doorframes saved their firstborn sons from death. At the table, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup of wine, sharing it among them. He wanted them to remember his sacrifice (his life and his coming death) for the forgiveness of their sins. Take a cracker, eat it if you want, and imagine Jesus handing it to you and how kind his eyes are as He shares it! Would his eyes be easy to forget?

EGG 4 - Mark 14:10-11

Remember when I told you that not everyone liked Jesus or what he was teaching? Well, would you have guessed that even one of his beloved twelve apostles would turn against him? Judas Iscariot went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. Because they wanted to get rid of Jesus, they were happy to hear this and promised to give Judas money. So Judas watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them. Count the coins. What do you think Judas cared about more: Jesus or money?

EGG 5 - Matthew 27:27-31

Jesus knew what was going to happen, but he didn’t stop it because wanted to save those who loved him. After Judas gave him over to the soldiers, Jesus was arrested, beaten, and sentenced to die on a cross. The soldiers led him away, took off his clothes, put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They teased him saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” The thorns dug into his skin and made him bleed. Ouch! After the soldiers finished mocking him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. Carefully, touch the thorns and feel how sharp and prickly they are! Where did the soldiers put the thorns on Jesus?

EGG 6 - John 19:17

Jesus was so weak from being beaten and pushed around. But the soldiers made him carry his own cross as far as he could – which wasn’t very far. So a man from the crowd helped him take it to the top of Golgotha. (A cross is a wooden structure on which a prisoner was attached to hang until dead.) Hold the cross in your hand and imagine it being even bigger than you. Would it be hard to carry?

EGG 7 - John 19:23-24

At Golgotha, the soldiers divided Jesus’ clothes among them, except for the most valuable piece. They all wanted it, so they cast lots (maybe by using dice) to decide who would get it. Pick a number between 1 and 6, pick up the dice, shuffle them in your hands, and roll them on the floor. That was how the soldiers tried to win Jesus’ clothes.

EGG 8 - Mark 15:25-32

It was nine in the morning when they crucified Jesus. One nail in his left hand. One nail in his right hand. Maybe another nail through his feet or legs. It was a very painful for him. A sign above his head read: THE KING OF THE JEWS. Those who passed by said mean things to him and made fun of him. Some of Jesus’ friends and family stood close by, very sad, crying and trying to comfort each other. Pick two nails and intersect them into the shape of a cross.

EGG 9 - John 19:28-30

Jesus was on the cross several long, painful hours. Eventually he said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so someone soaked a sponge in it, and lifted it on a stick to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and died. Have you ever sucked on a wet washcloth? Do you think Jesus was able to get much to drink from the sponge?

EGG 10 - John 19:38-42

Jesus’ friends, Joseph and Nicodemus, received permission to bury Jesus’ body. The two of them wrapped his body with spices in strips of linen, according to Jewish burial customs, and placed it in a cave nearby. They rolled a large stone in front of the cave opening to close it. From sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday, the Jewish people celebrated the Sabbath and could not come visit Jesus’ tomb. Smell the spices wrapped in the cloth. Is it a strong smell or a weak smell?

EGG 11 - John 20:1

On Sunday morning, very early in the morning, some of the women who had traveled with Jesus to Jerusalem went to his tomb to bring spices and perfumes as a sign of respect and love. But, they were surprised to see that the huge stone had been rolled away from the tomb’s entrance. They were very confused! Take the rock in your hand and imagine it is the size of a car. How many men might it take to move it?

EGG 12 - Matthew 28:5-9

The women looked inside the tomb and it was EMPTY – JESUS wasn’t there! An angel appeared to them and said, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said…[Go] quickly and tell his disciples…” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They ran to him and worshiped at his feet. They were so happy to see that Jesus was ALIVE! Look inside the egg. Why was Jesus’ tomb empty?

After facing much opposition for his teaching, Jesus was crucified, buried, and three days later he rose from the dead! Jesus is King over life and death, and he now reigns in our hearts and has a place in heaven for us!

[that was the front of the page, the following is the Bible verses, sometimes shortened, related to each day]

RESURRECTION EGGS – The Easter Story – Bible Passages

Egg 1 – John 12:1-8

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany…. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair….But one of his disciples…objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” …“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

Egg 2 – John 12:12-13

The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!”

Egg 3 – Luke 22:7-20

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” …They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”…And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” …

Egg 4 – Mark 14:10-11

Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

Egg 5 – Matthew 27:27-31

Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

Egg 6 – John 19:17

Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha).

Egg 7 – John 19:23-24

[The soldiers] took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.” … So this is what the soldiers did.

Egg 8 – Mark 15:25-32

It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS. They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!” In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

Egg 9 – John 19:28-30

Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Egg 10 – John 19:38-42

Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus...With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus….Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

Egg 11 – John 20:1

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.

Egg 12 – Matthew 28:5-9

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.


Egg 1 – perfume

Egg 2 – palm leaves

Egg 3 – cracker

Egg 4 – money

Egg 5 – thorns

Egg 6 – cross

Egg 7 – dice

Egg 8 – nails

Egg 9 – sponge

Egg 10 – spices & linen

Egg 11 – stone

Egg 12 – EMPTY!

Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead. He broke the power of death – it can no longer keep us from our God in heaven! All those who believe in Him will not be eternally separated from God, but now have opportunity to be with him forever!


so, if you've got time to put this together, it is a great tradition to incorporate into Easter. AND, it is a great gift to give to some friends who may not know the story behind Easter. if you want to do it one day at a time, you've got to start next Wednesday! :)

God bless you & if you have any questions, feel free to ask me - about the resurrection eggs, Jesus, or if you need prayers.

[2014 edit - here are the links to the files: cover, inside, story, instructions]


The Carvajals said...

Great post! I want to get started on my resurrection eggs. Would you mind sharing your Word documents with me?

courtney said...

absolutely! i actually just sent them to another friend of mine who's doing this with her MOPS small group in new orleans this year.
would you please send me your e-mail address? thanks!

The Carvajals said...

Yes, it's

Thank you so much!

Shaun said...

Hi! I've been researching this to do with my MOPS group, too! Could you send me the Word docs, as well? shaunsheets at Thank you!

Annette said...

Fantastic post! I would love to do this with my MOPS at Night group. Would you please share your Word docs with me? My email is Thank you so much!

Rachael said...

I would love the word docs too for my MOPS group in San Antonio... if you don't mind!

Anonymous said...

Hi! I am working on a craft like this for our MOPS group. Would you mind sharing your Word documents? Thank you so much!
katytmiller at

clfeltner said...

I would love to do this project with my daughters Sunday School class! Would you mind to email me the word documents to Thanks so much!

Nici said...

Hi! Great job with this! Could you please email me your word documents?
Thanks so much!

jenahatt said...

I found you on Pinterest, and I would love for you to share your Word doc, please.
Thank you so much!!!

Kristi said...

found you through pinterest. i am doing this for my mops craft tomorrow. noticed people asking for your word doc. are you sharing ? if so , i would greatly appreciate it! thank you! kaw2804 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

could you send me the word doc as well. I so love this. I'm going to make a set for all the kids I know. Thanks!

You did a WONDERFUL job on this!

courtney said...

thanks everybody for your kind words. i've e-mailed everyone who has asked for the word documents. if you didn't receive it, check your junk mail. if it's not there, shoot me another message.

God bless you all - and may God be glorified!

Krys said...

How generous of you to take the time to email everyone with your word doc! I too would like it when you get the time, if you don't mind! My email is thank you so much for sharing this! I can't wait to do this with my littles!

Leslie said...

What an awesome idea! Thank you for sharing! A friend of mine does this every year, and I would like to start this tradition with our family. Can you please send me the word doc to TIA!

Ashley said...

can you also e-mail the document to me?

Thanks so much...

Meghan Meyer said...

I would also appreciate very much if you could please send the word documents to me as well: . I'm off to the store to buy materials! :) Thank you!

Kimberly said...

My daughter's teacher would LOVE this. I would like to make it for her today. If you are able to email me the word documents it would be a big help. Thanks so much for sharing this.

Danielle said...

I would love the word doc too! i started a set and am changing out a few of the items I have for some of the ones you have in your eggs!

Jenny Lou said...

This is wonderful! I'd love the word document. My email address is Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Wow! nicely done. Kind of u to share. Can u pls email me the word docs as well?

Thank u!!!!

Cherie said...

How wonderful! I have two little Grandchildren I would love to start sharing this with next Easter.(New Family Tradition) I would so appreciate it if you would be willing to share your word coduments with me as well. Thank you and Gods Blessings!

Anonymous said...

LOVE this idea! We are planning on doing this for our MOPS group this month. Could you please email me your word documents when you get some time? Very much appreciated :) (

buneeeee said...

Wonderful way to tell the Easter Story! You are so generous to share with us. Could you email the Word documents to: ? Many, many thanks.

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing!! Could you please send me the Word doc? I am homeschooling and this will be a fabulous way to explore the Bible and Easter with my 4 children! Thank you!!

EJ said...

I love this presentation. I know it has been a while since you posted this. If it is still available would you mind sharing your Word documents with me?

EJ said...

I love your presentation. I know it has been a while since you posted this. Would you mind sharing your Word documents with me if they are still available?

Sara said...

Thank you for this wonderful idea. I plan to do it this week with my kids. I would love to have your Word documents to go with it, as well! My e-mail is Thank you! You're wonderful!

Terri said...

Wow, this craft has been a big hit and I want to hop on the bandwagon with my MOPS group this year (2014!) Please email me the word docs, as Can't wait to do this on our next craft day in April!

Renate said...

Wow! I would like to make this for Easter. I need to translate it in Dutch (and need to find a box for 12 eggs (here you van only find them for 6 or 10 eggs). I can't waith. Can you send me the Word documents? That would be great.

Procrastination said...

wow this is great, we also prep for 80 women, where did you buy your supplies and can you email me your word document at
thanks! Megan

Briana Joy said...

I remember doing these as a child! Would love the Word docs to make one for my son, and also as a possible MOPS craft. :)

Candy Danahy Campbell said...

And they say no one believes anymore. You are living proof that God works in all of us. I don't need the docs just want to say Thank You.

Berg Bunch said...

I would love to do this with my MOPS group so that we could all then use it at home with our children...can you email me the documents...

Thank you!