Christ is Risen! I hope everyone had a blessed Holy Week and joyous Pascha (Easter). Though evening services with a 3 year old and six month old were definitely a challenge this year, I was happy that some of the little activities I planned for my daughter really sparked her interest and added to her understanding and experience of the feast. Here is one I wanted to share with you:
Resurrection Eggs for Preschoolers
I got the idea to modify Resurrection Eggs for younger children from here. Julie at the Happy Home Fairy made a great set of eggs, as well as an adorable free printable, to explain the Resurrection to toddlers , so I just modified it a bit for my daughter.
The objects I used in our eggs were as follows:
1) a donkey, to recall Palm Sunday (from the store-bought Resurrection set)
2) a chalice and “bread” for the mystical/last supper (goblet from the Playmobil Nativity set, could also use the one from the RE set-ours was lost, and a wooden trim piece from the wood crafts section at Michael’s)
3) a wooden cross, also from Michael’s wood crafts
4) shroud/linen (made out of felt because that’s what we had, next time I would use a softer fabric)
5) stone (collected by my daughter a days earlier 😉
6) the last egg is empty to illustrate the empty tomb.
This is such a great activity for toddlers and preschoolers because the colorful plastic eggs are irresistible for this age group! As my daughter opened each egg, I gave a simple explanation for the object inside, and she of course loved opening and closing them all. When we had gone through the whole story, I hinted that perhaps the empty egg would be filled with a sweet treat on Easter. And sure enough, she remembered to run and check first thing on Sunday morning!