Honestly, our family does not “do” Easter; we chose some time ago to partake in Passover instead. We love bunnies, really, and eggs too, but as we did our research we were unable to find any real Biblical basis for this. Rather, in the feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread there is a deeper meaning. These holy days, they reveal aspects of God’s plan for the salvation — the fact that Jesus died for us and lives in us and for us – In fact, He even said He anticipated observing the Passover with His disciples “in My Father’s kingdom” after His return (Matthew:26:26-29) So I have to admit I had rather mixed feelings when I was chosen to review this material from Egglo Entertainment. But the kids were REALLY REALLY excited about this one at least so I was determined to keep the focus on Him and the power of this amazing event!!
For our review we received the following materials:
These Egglo materials can be used with any age really, but it is more ideal for children from about 4-13. And who doesn’t like scavenger hunts? Especially when they are one that glow in the dark? Personally in this house anything that is glow in the dark is super exciting to these three children. Now there are some activities that are not possible for younger children to complete independently within the program guide provided but between the coloring pages, the many activities within and the story itself, they are certain to be drawn in. Plus its a great exercise in working together for the older and the younger. Nothing sweeter, if you ask me, than seeing a big brother explaining the story, and guiding his little sister towards those hidden eggs.
We used the Egglo materials with all three of our children (ages 3, 5 and 9). We began by reading the story, The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure (I should say my oldest read the story to his brother and sister). He is a very reluctant reader so seeing him reading to them…..Wow! The book is about 40 pages long and it took us about 45 minutes to read (lots of chatter in between pages). I admit I wish this was hardcover though since durability is a big plus in this house!
The Program Guide is perfect for Sunday School or a Homeschool co-op but there are tons of activities that can be done at home too. This is 60 pages of printables, snack ideas, game suggestions, coloring pages! I really liked the snack time ideas myself. I always need fun ideas for snacks! There was the healthy option which consisted of a bagel with cream cheese, lettuce and a cucumber slice. If you don’t like the sounds of this one, don’t worry – the other option involved mini cookies or a mini donut, coconut and frosting (my kids prefer this one of course!). Basically the bagel is a representation of the tomb where Jesus was laid to rest; the cucumber is the stone which was rolled in front of the cave. Pretty neat visual!
In all that we received, I personally liked the Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls and the Egglo Bible Verse Stickers best. (although I wish they had the actual scriptures on them, my kids commented on this too!) The little scrolls are darling, and have different inspiration from the Bible written on them. My daughter just loved how they “fit her baby doll”. The paper is high quality too, nice and thick and glossy, and so far (my kids are rough on stuff) they have not torn which is good since my kids love to unroll them and “read” them, announcing God’s word to the world. My oldest son did comment once or twice that the scriptures were not “right”; I admit to being pleased that they were able to recall scriptures learned through the years and see a difference between the two. Since my 5 year old son is currently learning to read, it was nice, I admit, that these were a bit shorter and simpler than the actual verses – it was great inspiration for my youngest son to practice his reading skills 🙂
Unfortunately it has been a bit too cold to go outside here in Wisconsin, so we went hunting for our glow in the dark eggs in our upstairs. The kids took lots of time, each with their own eggs, filling them with the scrolls, legos, and whatever else they could fit in them to encourage one another to search for them! I loved seeing that part – how they tried to hide special things for each other within the eggs – considering each others favorite things. We hid them several times in fact; long after bedtime we even heard the whispers as the three children took turns hiding and finding those eggs.
I love the fact that these glow in the dark eggs can be used throughout the year! There are lots of year-round ideas on the Egglo Entertainment website but of course my kids just love scavenger hunts so they will be playing with these all year long I am sure, one way or another. I admit I do enjoy seeing products that seek to share the importance of Christ’s death, and burial and resurrection. Certainly this is something that needs to be shared and shown to the world.There is no doubt that Jesus truly is the light of the world, and as His children, it is our duty to share the Good News with everyone we can!
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