Theme: Jesus makes Easter eggstra special–a party for elementary-age children.
If you are planning to hand-deliver them, consider putting your invitation inside a plastic Easter egg. If you are planning to mail your invitations, use Easter eggs made from construction paper and decorated by children.
Front: Come join us
Inside: For an eggstra special egg hunt
Please bring a basket and a dozen plastic eggs.
The decorations for this party can be anything having to do with Easter. Put the cross and Christian symbols in a prominent place. Tie the traditional decorations, like the eggs, to Christian themes. For example: If you have a basket of eggs, why not have a small sign that says, “I’ve put all of my eggs in one basket and given them to the Lord.” Another way to tie in Christian themes may be to use verses of Scripture or spiritual sayings on small cards. An example of this may be to place a sign beside a grouping of bunnies that says “Creatures great or small, God created them all.”
Just for Fun:
Eggstra special egg hunt will be lots of fun. There will be twelve special eggs that should be numbered 1 to 12 and filled with the contents listed below. Put the special eggs in with the eggs your guests have brought for a wonderful egg hunt. At the end of the hunt, you may want to have a special gift or prize for those who turn in a special egg. Collect the special eggs in a basket to be used in the devotion portion of the party.
Decorating Blown Eggs:
Depending on the ages of your guests, you may want to have the eggs blown before the party. To blow the eggs, take raw eggs and pierce the ends with a pin or sharp object. Your holes will need to be big enough for air to force the yolk through. Then blow the egg yolk out. Children can decorate the eggs using markers or paint. Again, take the age of your guests into consideration as you make these plans. You may also need adult supervision.
Cupcakes can be made at snack time. Prepare cupcakes ahead of time, having icing, green-colored coconut for grass, jelly beans for eggs, and other things available for decorating the cupcakes that are edible and fun to decorate with.
The devotion for this party is to tell the Easter story using the Eggstra Special Eggs. You can buy devotional egg kits like our Eggstra Special Eggs in Christian bookstores, or you can make own using the directions below.
You will need twelve plastic Easter eggs, the items listed below, Bible verses on separate slips of paper, tape to seal the eggs shut, and a permanent marker to number your special eggs.
Egg 1: A perfumed card. Mark 14:8
Egg 2: Small portion of cracker. Mark 14:22-25
Egg 3: Paper with “Abba, Father” written on it. Mark 14:36
Egg 4: Three dimes. Matthew 27:3
Egg 5: Feather. Mark 14:72
Egg 6: Purple fabric or thorn vine. Mark 15:17-18
Egg 7: Small nail. Mark 15:25
Egg 8: White cloth. Mark 15:46
Egg 9: Cinnamon stick or cloves. Mark 16:1
Egg 10: Rock. Mark 16:4
Egg 11: Empty. Mark 16:6
Egg 12: Cotton ball. Mark 16:19
Scriptures for the Eggstra Special Eggs: Print out scripture and include in corresponding egg to be read during devotional time.
To tell the Easter story to your guests, open each egg in order, one at a time. The numbers will help you keep them in order and give you the verses you will need. Ask guests to read the verses at the appropriate time in the story. Your story time might go sometime like this:
Today I would like to use our Eggstra Special Eggs to help me tell a story. I may need some help from my friends.
Egg 1. (Open) Our story is about a man named Jesus. He was a man who never did anything wrong. He was God’s Son. He came to save the world by giving His life. Our first egg has a card in it. I would like for you to smell this card. (Pass it around.) This card reminds me of something special a lady did for Jesus. ______, would you read Mark 14:8? Jesus knew that He would have to die so that we could have forgiveness of the wrong things we do. He was perfect and was the only one who could pay for our wrong. This lady used some expensive, sweet-smelling perfume to anoint Jesus to prepare Him for burial.
Egg 2. Jesus wanted to eat one more time with His friends. They had a special meal. A part of the meal included eating some bread. Jesus told them something special. _________, would you read what Jesus said in Mark 14:22-25? Every time the friends would get together from then on to eat, they were to remember what Jesus did for them.
Egg 3. After they ate supper, Jesus went away to pray. He knew difficult times were ahead. _______, would you read Mark 14:36?
Egg 4. As soon as Jesus finished praying, some guards took Jesus away to kill Him. Judas, one of Jesus’ followers, had told the guards where to find Jesus. Later he was very sorry he had done this. _____, would you read Matt. 27:3?
Egg 5. Judas was not the only one of Jesus’ followers who did something he should not. Peter, one of Jesus’ friends, was afraid of the people, and when they asked him if he was Jesus’ friend, he said no. Jesus had told Peter that he would say he did not know Jesus three times before a rooster crowed. Peter loved Jesus and could not imagine that happening. But when Peter got scared, he did just what Jesus said he would do. _____, would you read Mark 14:72? This feather represents the rooster that crowed.
Egg 6. Jesus was being questioned by the leaders, who were saying, “Are you God’s Son?” Jesus answered that He was, and the guards and leaders got very angry. They put a purple robe and a crown of thorns on Jesus because they were mocking Him and saying He was not really God’s son. ______, would you read Mark 15:17-18 to us?
Egg 7. Soldiers took Jesus to a cross and nailed His hands and feet to that cross. _______, would you read Mark 15:25?
Egg 8. It was a sad time. Jesus died on that cross though He had done nothing wrong. He died to pay for the wrong things that we would do. Another word for our wrong doing is sin. Jesus paid for our sins. Joseph of Arimathea came and took Jesus down from the cross and put Him in a cave to bury Him. ______, would you read Mark 15:46? In those days they would wrap the dead in cloth and put them in a cave and seal the cave with a large rock. They would put spices in the cloth to make the body smell better.
Egg 9. The spices might have smelled something like this. ________, would you read Mark 16:1?
Egg 10. These ladies came to put the spices on Jesus’ body two days after He had died. When they got there, the big stone that was used to keep animals out had been rolled away from the opening of the grave. ______, would you read Mark 16:4?
Egg 11. When the ladies looked inside, they were upset because Jesus wasn’t there. They thought maybe someone had stolen His body. An angel assured them that Jesus had not been stolen, but that He had risen, or come back from being dead. _____, would you read Mark 16:6? Jesus had told His followers that He would die and then come back from the grave. His followers knew that was impossible for a man to do. But God’s Son could and did do just that. With God, all things are possible. Jesus paid for our sin by dying on the cross, and God gave Jesus new life by raising Him from the dead. God can give you new life, too. If we believe Jesus was God’s Son, that He died to pay for our wrong doings, that He can and will forgive us if we ask, we too can live forever with Jesus. Jesus’ friends saw Jesus here on earth for forty days after He had been raised from the dead. Mark 16:19 tells us what happened next. _____, will you read that for us?
Egg 12. I have put a cotton ball in this egg because it reminds me of the clouds. God took Jesus up into heaven. He probably disappeared from His followers’ sight up into the clouds. In John 14:3 Jesus told His followers, “ And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” That is what Easter is all about. Jesus lived a perfect life, died, was buried, rose from the dead, and right now is in heaven just waiting for those who choose Him. If you would like to know more about how you can choose Jesus, please talk to me later.
Taking it Home:
Eggstra special eggs kits, with the 12 eggs and Scriptures, can be prepared for each family. Prepare these ahead of time and give them to your guests to be used for years to come. Be sure to insert the verse strip inside each egg.
Blown eggs allow children to take home the eggs they created.
Eggstra Special Easter is excerpted from Page Hughes’ book, Party with a Purpose: Creative Ways to Share the Love of Christ