Today's Snack: Naturally, today's snack is eggs! Hard-boil two for
yourself, and more for a group.
eggs (careful! don't crack 'em!) in a saucepan that's about two-thirds full of
water. Add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water, to help keep the yellow yolk
yellow, and not green. It's a chemistry "thing."
the water to a boil on medium heat. Boil for a couple of minutes, then remove
from heat and put the lid on the pot. Let the eggs "steam" in the hot water for
test for doneness, take one out (carefully! It'll be hot!) by fishing it onto a
big spoon, and then see if you can make it twirl, like a top, on the counter.
If it wobbles all around, it's not quite done, so replace it in the water with
the pot lid over it for another 5 minutes and try again.
they're ready, peel (throw eggshells in your compost pile!) and eat with just a
touch of salt and a nice glass of milk.
One 12-egg egg carton,
12 plastic break-apart
eggs for each child
For each child:
Tiny piece of bread or
crouton | dimes and nickels | small feather |
Short strip of leather
| thorns (cut a section of rose bush?) | nails
Small section of a
sponge | dice | toothpick (representing a spear
Small square of white
cloth | stone
Here's a great, visual way to teach children about the
events of Holy Week. This is best for faith-based after-school programs or home
you are in a taxpayer-funded after-school program, you might not be allowed to
do this activity. But you can adapt the idea! Take any book about spring, read
it to the students, and together come up with a list of 12 small things that
could be hidden in 12 plastic eggs to "tell" the story. For example, if it's
about a bunny, you could put grass in one egg to symbolize what the bunny eats,
and little bits of cut-up carrot in another, and a cotton ball in another to
represent the bunny's tail.
you tell the Easter story, or any other, the colorful eggs and tangible objects
are a fun way to tell a story!
here's Resurrection Eggs:
a dozen little ways, your child can teach a younger child or the family the
story of the Christian Holy Week, using these simple materials.
First, distribute the egg cartons and 12 plastic eggs for
each child. Let them take turns numbering their eggs from 1 to 12 on one end,
and placing the eggs in order in the carton.
Next, distribute the small items listed below and have
the children take turns reading the Bible verse or verses listed. If the
children don't have sufficient reading skills, have an adult read the verses.
Last, but not least, print out one sheet for each child
to take home and share with a younger sibling, a classmate, the family, etc.,
perhaps at an Easter gathering.
It will be fun for the child to save the Resurrection
Eggs in the carton and take them out next year, and the next, to review what
they call "The Greatest Story Ever Told."
1: A piece of bread (crouton)
Jesus broke the bread
and said, "This is my body. . . ."
2 Silver (one or more dimes;
could use play coins)
They paid Judas 30
pieces of silver to show where Jesus was.
Jesus' friend Peter said
he didn't even know who Jesus was,
Then a rooster crowed,
just as Jesus had predicted.
Mark 14:29, 30, 70-72
4: Leather strip or bit of
The soldiers gave Jesus
39 lashes with a whip after His trial
5 Thorns (from a rose bush?)
They put a crown of
thorns on Jesus' head to ridicule Him
Nails were driven into Jesus' hands and feet to nail
Him to the cross
7 Sponge (cut a corner off a
They offered Jesus a
drink on a sponge
Soldiers played a dice
game to see who would get Jesus' robe
9 Spear (break off a
toothpick to fit)
The Roman soldiers
pierced Jesus' side with a spear when He was on the Cross
10 White cloth (tissue will
A friend named Joseph
took the body of Jesus. He wrapped it in clean linene and placed it in a tomb.
Then the tomb was sealed with a gigantic stone.
11: Stone (from outside)
Early on the third day, Jesus' friends, both named
Mary, came to the tomb, but an angel
appeared and rolled the stone away from the door and sat on it, and told them
Jesus had been resurrected.
12: Empty (put nothing inside)
The tomb was empty! He