Looking for a fun, but Christ-centered Easter tradition to share with your children? I can’t wait to tell you about Sparkle Eggs!
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I’ve always found it easy to help my kids make connections between the Christian meanings and the light-hearted traditions that surround most holidays. Easter has always been the exception to the rule.
While there is certainly victory and celebration that comes with Easter each year, it can be difficult to help kids understand the deliverance that came through Jesus’ death and resurrection.
That’s where Sparkle Eggs comes into the picture.
Sparkle Eggs: A Christ-Centered
Easter Tradition for Kids
I came across The Sparkle Egg from Jill Hardie and Christine Kornacki during a recent library trip and borrowed it thinking it might be a cute book to share with my kids.
This book is much more. The story starts by introducing readers to a boy named Sam who lies to his mom about a bad grade on a spelling test. Sam becomes ashamed and weighed down by his sin, but it only gets worse when his parents discover that he lied about his grade.
Sam apologizes to his parents about the bad grade and for lying about it, but still has a difficult time letting go of his sin. He even feels like a bad kid because of what he’s done.
The next day, Good Friday, Sam’s mother explains that he’s going to make a Sparkle Egg. After decorating his egg, his mom asks him to draw a picture that represents something he feels guilty about or something that’s causing him to feel ashamed.
Sam places his paper inside his Sparkle Egg and places it in his Easter basket. When he finds his basket on Easter morning, he opens his Sparkle Egg to find his paper is gone.
Making Our Sparkle Eggs
If you’re looking for ways to connect fun Easter traditions like eggs and baskets with the true reason for the holiday, I absolutely recommend The Sparkle Egg. We’re thankful to have found this picture book and have been inspired by it to make our own Sparkle Eggs.
The concept of making Sparkle Eggs is easy enough. I gathered leftover plastic Easter eggs, glue, and several shades of glitter (Lord, help me).
Next, my kids used pen and paper to draw a few Sparkle Egg designs and test out their ideas before decorating their eggs. Once they selected their designs, they (not-so sparingly) used glue to draw their designs on the eggs.
After gluing, they sprinkled glitter on their eggs and placed them on our table to dry.
At this point I’ll mention that you can certainly create Sparkle Eggs without glitter or glue. If you’re not feeling up to that kind of madness, feel free to use adhesive jewels or stickers for decorating instead.
My husband would most likely agree that sticker jewels are probably a better choice. After all, he found quite a bit of pink glitter on his hands and shirt when it was all said and done. 😉
After our eggs dried, I carefully put them back together and put them away for safekeeping so that we can use them when Easter arrives.
Sparkle Eggs: Video Summary
Do you have suggestions for helping kids connect the dots between the real meaning of Easter and fun traditions? If so, I’d love to hear them in the comments below!