Easter Story Eggs: New Printable for All Ages

A few years ago, I adapted the idea of Resurrection Eggs for my {then} preschoolers.  You can find the directions and poem for my preschool Easter Story Eggs here

Because I’ve had several requests, I have updated the printable so it doesn’t include the word preschool in it.  Several have wanted to use it for church or non-preschoolers, so I wanted to give you that option!

Easter Story Eggs - Resurrection Eggs Printable

You can find the Printable Poem for Easter Story Eggs here.

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You can also find the same printable, but it’s made for preschoolers specifically:   Printable Poem for Easter Story Eggs for Preschoolers.

Both printables include two versions:  a full 8.5″ x11″ standard size and a four-to-a-sheet 8.5″ x 11″ size.  I included both sizes in case you wanted to print the smaller size and put in a baggy with the eggs to give as a gift to families in your church or just to have for yourself at home!

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Don’t forget to visit this post on how to make Easter Story Eggs to see how we made the eggs!

Adventure Bible Website: Bible Activities, Games, and Printables for Kids

This post is underwritten by Zondervan.  Please be assured that all thoughts and opinions are definitely my own.  We had a great time exploring this fun website!

I’m always on the look-out for free (and frugal) ideas to use with the girls to teach them about the Bible.  Today, I’m excited to introduce you to a new-to-me site with all kinds of kids Bible games and activities!  I’m familiar with The Adventure Bible and have used it in the past, but I did not know about their awesome website!  It’s the perfect place for elementary-age kids to learn about their Bible, play Bible games, and print various Bible activities and maps.

Please join me for my “short” tour of the site.  I think you’ll find there is much more to explore, but I wanted to share the main parts (and my favorites)!

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Bible Activities, Games, and More at the Adventure Bible Website

When you first head over to the website, you will see several different options.  First, you can do a Bible search.  It’s pretty straight-forward:  just search for a word or phrase you want to learn more about and all of the references will show up!  This is an excellent resource to help your child really dig in and study their Bible.

In the middle of the map on the homepage, you can find the Bible “Games” section of the website next:

Bible Games for Kids

Here you’ll find five different Bible games for kids.  The girls enjoyed playing these games aimed at elementary-aged students.

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One of my daughters especially liked the Leapin’ Lemur game and filling in the blanks for the Bible verses.

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Truth Quest is a Bible trivia game while Books of the Bible teaches you the order of the books in God’s Word.  X Marks the Spot is excellent for helping you find out where events happened in the Bible, and Leopardy is a fun version of Bible Jeopardy!

Educator at ZonderKidz Bible Game Site

Another way to utilize this game section is to register as an educator (homeschoolers are included)!  I made a “class” with my girls, and they can earn points by completing various games and activities.  You’ll also have access to over 700 kids Bible teaching resources!

Resource Page

Last, but not least, is one of my favorite sections!  When you click on the “Bible Activities” link, you’ll find all kinds of printable Bible worksheets for kids.  Once you sign up, you can access even more.

I know many of us are looking for free printable resources, so this is a great help!

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The Bible Activities include:

NIV Adventure Bible Game App for Kids

You can also grab the free Adventure Bible Game App for Kids over on iTunes.

Whether you are a parent and/or an educator, the Adventure Bible website has so many excellent resources available.  I would highly recommend taking time to explore and utilize this amazing (and free) website with Bible activities, games, and printables for kids!

Resurrection Cookies: Directions & Printable Recipe

I’ve had this recipe for Resurrection Cookies in my Easter file for a while, but this is the first year I felt my girls were ready for them.  (The last few years we’ve made Resurrection Rolls — just because I felt the simpler approach to the death and resurrection of Jesus was more age-appropriate for younger preschoolers).

I would suggest reading the Bible story of Jesus’ death and resurrection aloud to your children before you begin making these cookies.  I particularly like the version in The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos for older preschool and elementary-aged children.

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Resurrection Cookie Recipe

Supplies:

  • 1 cup almonds (or pecans)
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 3 egg whites
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Zipper baggy
  • Wooden spoon
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixer
  • Cookie sheet
  • Spoons
  • Tape
  • Bible

1)  PREHEAT OVEN TO 300 DEGREES.  Place one cup nuts into a baggy.  Beat the nuts with a wooden spoon until broken into tiny pieces.  Remind children Jesus was beaten by the Roman Soldiers.

Read John 19:1-3

1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3 and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.

I also included Isaiah 53:5:

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

 

2)  Allow each child to smell the vinegar.  Pour a small amount into a bowl and allow them to taste it.  Explain that vinegar was given to Jesus to drink when he was on the cross.  Add 1 tsp. vinegar into a mixing bowl.

Read John 19:28-30

 28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 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. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

 

3)  Add egg whites to vinegar.  The eggs in this recipe represent life.  They remind us that Jesus gave his life to give us life abundantly.

Read John 10:10-11

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.  11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

 

4)  Put a pinch of salt in your child’s hand.  Allow them to taste it.  Add a pinch of salt to to the eggs and vinegar.  The salt represents the salty tears cried by the women who followed Jesus.

Read Luke 23:27

27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him

5)  Place a pinch of sugar in your child’s hand.  Allow them to taste it.  Add one cup sugar to the mixture.  Up to this point, the ingredients have been very  bitter, but the sweetness in the recipe comes from the sugar.  The suffering and death of Jesus are bitter, but the sweetness is that Jesus died because He loves us.  Oh, how He loves us!

Read Psalm 34:8

8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Read John 3:16

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

6)  Beat the mixture for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed  (I recommend setting a timer — it’s important to beat the mixture well).   The whiteness of the mixture reminds us of purity and the cleansing of our sins because of Jesus’ death.

Read Isaiah 1:18:

18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the LORD.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.

 

7)  Stir in the nuts.

8)  Drop the dough by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet.  The mounds represent the tomb where Jesus was buried.

Read Matthew 27:57-60

57 As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. 58 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.

9)  After the oven is preheated, put the cookie sheets in the oven.  TURN OFF the oven.  Allow your child to place pieces of tape and “seal” the oven door.  Jesus’ tomb was sealed with a large rock.

Reread Matthew 27:59

59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.

 

10)  Leave the cookies in the oven overnight.  Your child might feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight (they were probably expecting to have a yummy treat soon – at least mine were).  Jesus’ followers were very sad when the tomb was sealed.

John 16:20-22

20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.

 

11)  In the morning, open the oven and have some cookies!  The cookies should be hollow inside.  Remind your child that the tomb was empty.  Jesus is risen!

Read Matthew 28:1-9

1After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 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.”

8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.

 

Although these are personally not my favorite cookies (two of my girls loved them — one did not!), they are a great way to learn about the crucifixion and resurrection in a hands-on way for kids.  If you would like these directions in a printable form, please feel free to download the sheets I’ve put together with the Resurrection Cookies Recipe.

**I am unable to locate an original source for this recipe.  If you know the original creator of this Easter cookie recipe, please send me an email so I can give proper credit!  All Scripture references are taken from the NIV translation.

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Ultimate Homeschool Pinterest Party | April 5

It’s time for another Ultimate Homeschool Pinterest Party!

ultimate homeschool pinterest party

Are you ready to link up?!!

Here’s how you can do it:

Choose one or all of the following:

  • Link up your main Pinterest account {personal profile}
  • Link up to 3 of your top homeschool Pinterest pins
  • Link up 1 of your top homeschool boards

PLEASE do the following:

  • Please PIN this post!  It’ll help spread the word about this new party!
  • Follow others who are linking up in the party on Pinterest.
  • PIN at least 5 pins from this list {of course you can pin more!}

What will you receive?

  • You will receive new Pinterest followers.
  • Your pins will be repinned and shared by a large homeschool audience.
  • Find new and exciting homeschool content!
  • I’ll pick a few pins to share each week.

By the way, here are all the co-hosts. Your pins will show up on all 5 sites!!



This linky starts every Friday at midnight and remains open all week.