Today we have MORE great fun at the Everything Easter Egg-stravaganza – First I want to tell you about an Egg-citing LIVE event to be held right here at www.247moms.com. On April 6th from 1:00-3:00PT we will host a LIVE web Easter Egg-stravaganza giveaway – 2 hours of giveaways, Easter ideas and Mom conversation. Mark your MOM calenders and join us for two hours of Egg-citing fun.
Now for today’s Everything Easter Egg-stravaganza – where you will find an Egg-citing family fun idea, another GREAT giveaway and even an Egg-stra yummy Easter treat to bake.
EGG-citing Easter Family Fun:
Over 10 years ago I came across a new family tradition called “Resurrection Eggs”. You can either purchase this or create your own. I happened to purchase mine which came complete with 12 eggs filled with various items to assist me in telling the Eater story to my Children along with a booklet that had the story broken down to go with each egg. We have used this fun tradition to share the Easter story with our children each year.
1. Daily countdown – Open and egg each day telling a portion of the Easter Story.
2. Tell the entire story at once opening each egg at the appropriate time in the story.
3. Host a Easter Party for friends, neighbors and family and share the Easter story with the children using the Resurrection eggs.
If you are interested in purchasing your Resurrection eggs I found a great deal at Christianbook.com they are on sale for $6.99. I also Posted below directions for you and your kids to create your own set of “Resurrection Eggs”.
Resurrection Egg Countdown By: Easy Fun School
Many of you have seen the plastic Resurrection Eggs that are used to tell the story of the Christian Easter celebration. Did you know that these can easily, and frugally, be made at home?
First, purchase 12 plastic Easter eggs, the kind that you can open and fill. I recommend the size that can fit in a Styrofoam or cardboard egg carton. You can reuse one that you bring home eggs in from the grocery. This makes for easy storage so that you can use these many times without losing any of the bits and pieces.
If possible, try and have each of the 12 eggs a different color. This makes it easier as well. If having 12 different colors isn’t an option, use a permanent marker to write the number 1 through 12 on each egg and then put them in the egg carton.
Into each egg place the item and scripture reference written on a small piece of paper.
Message — Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. The people waved palm branches.
Passage — Matthew 21:1-11
Item — Piece of palm branch. Another option for those of you with extra leggo parts or plastic novelty beads would be to place a small plastic leaf in the egg
Message — Mary poured expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet.
Passage — John 12:2-8
Item — Small perfume sample or cloth with perfume or a piece of cotton with cologne on it
Message — Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples.
Passage — Matthew 26:17-19
Item – a piece of Chex cereal; or take clay and make a small bread-like shape
Message — Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
Passage — Matthew 27:3
Item — 3 dimes or plastic ,silver money
Message — Jesus carried His own cross.
Passage — John 19:17
Item – toothpicks or Popsicle stick cut and glued in a cross form; or, a small plastic cross from a Christmas ornament or necklace.
Message — Soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head.
Passage — John 19:2
Item — Small thorny branch, or a large thorn all by itself.
Message — Soldiers parted Jesus’ garments and cast lots for His coat.
Passage — John 19:23
Item — Swatch of burlap and a nail. I’ve also seen miniature dice used for this one.
Message — Jesus was nailed to a cross and pierced in His side.
Passage — John 19:18,37 & John 20:25-29
Item — A nail
Message — They gave Jesus vinegar mixed with gall on a sponge to drink.
Passage — Matthew 27:34
Item — A small sponge
Message — Spices to prepare Jesus for burial.
Passage — John 19:40
Item — 7 or 8 whole cloves, or other whole spices
Message — The stone covering Jesus’ tomb was rolled away.
Passage — John 20:1
Item — A small rock
Message — The napkin around Jesus’ head was lying separately from His linen clothers. He was not there. He has risen!
Passage — John 20:6-7
Item — A scrap of linen-type fabric
Note: I have seen these done slightly different, or using slightly different items. If you have to substitute and use different items, that’s OK. The point is to get the story across from the point that Jesus rides into Jerusalem riding on a donkey (now celebrated as Palm Sunday) to when it is discovered that is no longer in his tomb but has Risen (Easter Sunday, also known as Resurrection Day).
Everything Easter Basket Filler Idea:
Who doesn’t love music? Cd’s are great for all ages. My youngest boys enjoy listening to both music and stories on CD where my teenagers prefer to take their Cd’s and load them to their IPods. Placing CD’s in my kids Easter baskets is one of my favorite ideas as I can also get some great deals on CD’s ( see today’s Name Your Tune deal below) at a variety of places from Amazon.com, half.com, ebay.com or watch for sales at my local stores.
Today’s Egg-stravaganza Giveaway:
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Egg-stra Yummy Recipe:
BAKER’S ONE BOWL Easter Egg Brownies
By: Kraft Foods
Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 1 hr 20 min
Makes: 2 doz. or 24 servings.
4 squares BAKER’S Unsweetened Chocolate
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1 cup chopped PLANTERS Walnuts
Assorted decorating gels
HEAT oven to 350°F. Line 13×9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Grease foil; set aside. Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add sugar; mix well. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour and nuts until well blended; spread into prepared pan.
BAKE 30 to 35 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. (Do not overbake.) Cool completely.
USE foil handles to lift brownies from pan. Cut into egg shapes with 3-inch oval cookie cutter. Decorate with decorating gels and candies to resemble Easter eggs.
Kraft Kitchens Tips:
Use Your Stove and Place chocolate and butter in medium saucepan; cook on very low heat until chocolate and butter are melted, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Continue as directed.
Substitute 13×9-inch glass baking dish for the baking pan. Prepare brownies and bake as directed, reducing oven temperature to 325°F.
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