Unscrambling that Empty Egg


We often speak of emptiness as bad, but sometimes “empty” is good.  That is the case of the empty tomb!

Many of us re-tell the resurrection story around Easter time.  I thought I would share my favourite teaching tool for telling the Easter story.   And, yes, it involves plastic eggs.

I did not come up with this teaching idea, but I have to say I’ve used it over and over through the years.  Kids love it, and teachers find it very easy to use.  I published a blog post about it in 2012, but I think it is worth posting again.

Here’s what you do:
(click here for printable instructions)

  1. Collect 12 plastic eggs and a used egg carton to store them in.
    Note that you don’t have to use plastic eggs if they are not available.  You can use 12 sacks or boxes or just cover the items with 12 cloths or paper.
  2. Use a permanent marker to number the eggs from one to twelve.
  3. Collect representative items (listed below) and put them inside the eggs.  Place the eggs inside the egg carton.
  4. Introduce the story by asking the children how they would feel if they went on an Easter egg hunt and every egg they found was empty.  Lead into the lesson by saying sometimes it is GOOD if an egg is empty.  Sometimes an empty egg is the best egg of all.
  5. Open the egg carton and begin the lesson by opening egg number one.
  6. As you open the eggs one at a time you re-tell the story to the children.  You might let them guess what each of the items might represent.
  7. After you tell the story, distribute the eggs to the children and let them take turns re-telling the story.
  8. If you are able and have fewer children, then you might help the children make one of these sets each to take home.

Here’s a list of items inside the eggs:


As I said, this idea is not new to me.  I’ve listed some sites I have seen that explain some other variations.

2 thoughts on “Unscrambling that Empty Egg

  1. I think my mum did this in our Sunday school class growing up. We all loved it, it really kept our attention. I think I’ll teach this lesson instead of the one I was supposed to this Sunday. 🙂 Thanks!

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