This provided an opportunity to read a story directly from the Bible.
Quiet Option: Read (okay, summarize) the relevant portions of Genesis 1-3. Hand each child the relevant egg, and have it opened.
Active Option: Have early arrivals help you hide the eggs around the room before class. Then sit all kids down, and say, “The first egg we need is the purple egg. Spread out and look for it. If you see a different-colored egg, leave it alone.” After the kid who finds it opens the first egg, read the relevant portion of Genesis 1-3.
I used the following materials:
- Easter Eggs – I used twelve, because that’s how many I had.
- Flashlight – I own one small enough to fit inside the egg
- Water – the real stuff from the restroom sink
- Rock – God made land. I also could have used one of those silk roses.
- Star Stickers – each kid got to stick one on the back of his hand
- Flying Thing – I didn’t have a bird, so I used a plastic flying insect. Could also have used a feather.
- Dinosaur – from one of those animal tubes you can buy at Michaels
- Nothing – God rested on the 7th day
- Jewel Beads – because there were onyx and other gems next to the rivers in Eden. I emphasized how wonderful the garden was.
- Fruit – I found two round stickers, and declared they were fruit from the Knowledge Tree
- Snake – one of those stretchy animals from Dollar General
- Thorns – I asked a junior high boy, and he was able to get me an actual thorn branch from outside in under three minutes. My plan B was a tack or sewing pin.
- Sheep - one from the tabernacle set that already had red blood on its neck. Because God had to kill an animal to provide clothing for Adam and Eve. Whenever there is sin, someone has to die. I could have used a cotton ball for this.
All of these items were collected on Sunday morning. I did not go out and buy any of them expressly for this purpose. You may not be fortunate enough to have kids in the household who own little plastic animals and are willing to share. But be creative. What do you already have?