- Lots of colorful plastic Easter eggs
- A couple Easter baskets
- Fine-point permanent markers
THE GREAT EASTER EGG DIVIDE:
PLAY: Allow kids to divide prepared eggs into Old Testament and New Testament baskets.
OPTIONS: 1) Hide the eggs around the room and instruct kids to find the eggs and return them to the correct basket. 2) Prepare two sets of eggs and baskets for team relays. 3) Simplify the game by allowing kids to use a “Books of the Bible” poster or the listing from the front of the Bible to determine if the books is an Old or New Testament book.
BOOKS and DIVISIONS:
PREPARATION: On one side of a plastic Easter egg print the name of a book. On the other side of that same egg print the division from which that book belongs. Place the book halves in one basket and the division halves in another.
PLAY: Kids will match books and divisions to create “whole” eggs.
OPTIONS: 1) Create two sets of eggs and allow individuals or teams to see who can match all their books/divisions eggs first. 2) Use different colored eggs for the top (book) and bottom (division) so it’s not as obvious when looking for matches.
BEFORE and AFTER:
PREPARATION: On a slip of paper small enough to be placed inside a plastic Easter egg print any book of the Bible. On the “top half” of an egg print the book that is before the book that was chosen for the inside. Then on the “bottom half” print the book that follows. (Example: “Genesis” is printed on the top half of an egg, “Exodus” is printed on the slip of paper that will go inside the egg, and “Leviticus” is printed on the bottom half of the egg). Place the “top halves” in one Easter basket labeled “BEFORE” and the “bottom halves” in the other basket labeled “AFTER.” Lay the “middle” book (books you’ve printed on slips of paper) between the two baskets.
PLAY: On “go” encourage kids to select a book from the small slips of paper between the baskets and then find the book that’s before the book selected from within the “Before” basket, the book that’s after the book selected from within the “AFTER” basket and place the selected book inside the egg and close the egg. Continue until all eggs have been correctly assembled.
OPTION: Create a relay race for two teams: Player one from each team will select a book on one end of the room, run to the other end to find the “before and after” matches, place the selected book inside the egg and then return to their team to “tag” player 2 to continue the relay. The team that has all players correctly assembling a “before/after” match, wins.
Bill Emeott serves as Lead Ministry Specialist for Lifeway Kids. He is a graduate of Mercer University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Bill has served as a Kid’s Minister and currently teaches 2nd Grade Bible study.