As I've written before, my grandchildren are major LEGO brick enthusiasts – whether new or old, they love their LEGOs! The other day, while we were enjoying hiding, finding, opening, and retelling the Easter story during this season of Lent 2011 while using our Resurrection Easter Eggs, I had a bit of a brainstorm. I asked them if they'd like to help me create a personalized Easter Resurrection Eggs set using their old LEGOs. Of course, they immediately said, "NO!" Taken aback a bit, I thought, "hmmmm," and let the subject drop, though I did purchase 12 extra large plastic Easter eggs.
A few days later, the younger two were at the dentist, and big bro and I were working on a boat project that led us into their playroom with all their drawers of new and old LEGOs. While he was working on his boat, I started looking through the drawers for ideas of how to make various pieces of the Easter story for the Resurrection Easter Eggs. After a few minutes, he got intrigued as well, and started helping me. (Yup, I was hoping that would happen. 🙂 ). By the time the grand-twins got home, Big Bro and I had all the eggs filled and promised them we would use them soon. Here's what we came up with:
1. Palm Sunday – donkey and palm frond. For my first effort, it was pretty funny so when my grandson laughed and laughed at the top figure – my donkey – I was laughing right along with him. It originally had long skinny legs that made it more recognizable (though not by much), but they wouldn't fit in the egg. Then I was just going to use the palm frond from their old LEGOs but decided to go with both. I got the last laugh though when one grand-twin opened it and immediately said – "it's the donkey Jesus rode into Jerusalem." Of course, Big Bro wisely pointed out the palm frond gave it away but it still gave us all a fun chuckle.
2. Last Supper – bread and wine. These two pieces represented the bread and the wine. I have to say, I was quite proud of one of my grandchildren when he opened it, and said, "This must be the bread and cup from the dinner – the cup reminds us of the blood of Christ." WOW! It's always a sweet blessing when you realize what you've been teaching your grandchildren, and what they're learning from others at church really is being understood. Very encouraging!
3. 30 pieces of silver. These three silver buttons represent the 30 pieces of silver Judas got for betraying Jesus.
4. The Whip. This whip from their Indiana Jones LEGOs reminds us of the way the guards beat Jesus during the trial.
5. Crown of Thorns. OK, I admit it's not the greatest, and I'd have preferred all brown but couldn't find them. But this was our crown of thorns. It does have to be scrunched to fit in the eggs, even though I got the bigger eggs at Walmart.
6. The Cross. These two pieces work well to be a cross that is imperfect and stark.
7. Dice. My grandson, scooped these three old LEGOs up, rattled them in his hand, and said, "These are the dice they used to gamble for Jesus' clothes."
8. Spears. We found spears from their old LEGOs to remind us of when the guards stuck a spear into the side of Jesus to see if He was truly dead. Because He was, they didn't have to break his legs – fulfilling yet another prophecy.
9. Burial robe. This simple piece was our white blanket that covered Jesus.
10. and 11. Tomb and the Rock to cover the Tomb. We put these into two separate eggs. One is the grave tomb, and the round piece is the stone in front of the tomb.
Here's a more detailed picture of the pieces for these two eggs. Notice the brown piece attached to the grey round LEGO. That was to help it fit properly in the opening.
12. EMPTY. This last of the Easter Resurrection eggs is empty, because, as my grandsons will tell you quite loudly, "JESUS IS ALIVE!"
Later that afternoon, they came over to my house for an hour. So we grabbed our new Resurrection Easter Eggs and big bro hid them all around the living room. The grand-twins had fun finding them. Then we sat down and opened them. I hadn't had a chance to make a color code chart or number them, so we jumped around in the story, but still had a lovely time of talking about the sweetly familiar and always wonderful story of Jesus and His major sacrifice because He loved us so much!
Easter Resurrection Eggs are great ways to help our grandchildren learn the Easter story in a different way. They're not just hearing about it, they're touching it, feeling it, talking about it. And when you have fun with educational activities like these – whether with old LEGOs, cute Happy Holidays Easter clipart, or another way, you're adding yet another dimension to the way they learn these vital truths. That's good news for all our grandchildren, including those in homeschooling programs, and especially for those with special needs including autism.
What better way to spend an afternoon for this granny nanny and her grandchildren – sharing stories about Jesus and taking pictures of it all? (My easy to use Canon Powershot digital camera took these, and I was quite pleased with the results. Even when my hands shook a few times, the stabilization feature saved the day.) If you give this Easter Resurrection Eggs project a try – with old LEGOs or something else, we'd love to see your photos as well. 🙂