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Themes Ideas: Get into Easter

Tuesday 26th January 2016

Try out some of these Egg-citing themed ideas with your group:

1. Capture the Egg

This game requires two teams and a referee. Team members are numbered, so that each team member has a number. The teams line up opposite each other, and a plastic egg is placed in the middle. The referee calls out a number, and the two players with that number approach the middle of the room. The object is to pick up the egg and get back to your line without being tagged by the other player. If a player succeeds in doing so, their team gets a point. If the player is tagged, the other team gets a point. Ten points wins the game. A player can be tagged only after picking up the egg, so strategy is important. Is it best to go for the egg, or wait for the other person to pick it up? You may need to introduce a time limit to avoid a stalemate.

2. Getting into the Bible

Gather some items related to Easter (egg, bunny, stone, cross, bible, chick, etc) and put these into a bag/box so that the children cannot see. Now, ask the children what they think is in the bag, make it clear that all the items have a connection with Easter. Go through all the items in the bag and explain their connection with Easter.

A fantastic resource to use, simply search for the ‘Lego Bible’ on YouTube. Showing the video is a great way of sharing the Easter story in an engaging and relevant way.

After watching the video ask the children to create a newspaper report based on the story. Get them to draw a picture to describe each key part of the story (e.g. empty tomb) and add a headline, they could do this as one group on a flipchart or as individuals on pieces of paper. Have a list of key parts of the story handy to help jog their memories. Think about how you could share your newspaper report(s) with others, perhaps your church congregation by showing during an Easter Service.

3. Egg decorating

A great opportunity to allow the children to be creative and use their imagination. With this idea you can make it as simple or elaborate as you like. All you need is hardboiled eggs (or purchase plastic eggs from Baker Ross or other suppliers) and items to decorate the eggs, paints, pens, bits of fabric. The children may want to create their own character or base it on one of their favourites.

4. Easter Egg Foodbank Collection

In the lead up to Easter encourage the children to start collecting Easter eggs and as a Company you could distribute them to a local food bank. You could also ask members of your Church congregation to get involved by donating eggs.

5. Bunny Relay

You will need to cut out two large paper eggs for each team. This is a simple relay race with an Easter twist. Each player must cross the room by only stepping on the eggs. The method for this is to step onto one, and then put the other one in front, so that you can step onto it. The winning team is the one whose players all manage to cross the room first.

6. Get Learning – Egg science experiments

Ever wondered if you could make an egg bounce? How about to shrink an egg or maybe make the shell disappear or how strong is an egg shell? These hands on experiments are simple to do and will provide the children with a lot of fun. 
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