A New Tradition Celebrating The Old Story
A Reverse Easter Egg Hunt!
This may just become one of your favourite new family Easter traditions. It’s fast becoming our favourite I can tell you! Instead of an Easter egg hunt, where children race around searching out brightly wrapped chocolate eggs, and then get a dizzy sugar rush afterwards, this little activity turns everything upside-down. Instead of getting these Easter eggs, these are eggs to give away.
This is an egg hunt that you as a family or community of friends leave behind for others to find. And instead of chocolate, we leave behind sweet encouragements, strengthening words, God’s word, scattered around public gardens and spaces for strangers to find and be strengthened by.
Here’s a little family video describing how we did it…
Here’s how it works…
(You can print these instructions here… A Reverse Easter Egg Hunt )
Smooth Stones (oval and round in shape)
Step One: Collect Smooth stones
Step Two: Using acrylic paint decorate the stones with encouraging words, scriptures, patterns and pictures. Allow the paint to dry.
Step Three: Spray varnish over the paint to make it more durable. Allow to dry.
Step Four: On the back of each ‘egg’ write ‘this is for you’ or ‘keep me or pass me on’ with a sharpie (so people know they can keep the ‘eggs’ they find.
Step Five: Hide the eggs in a public space such as a garden or playground. Pray as you do this that these words of encouragement will find their way through to the people who need them most.
Some Encouraging Words and Scriptures to get You Started…
General words of encouragement: Be Strong, Don’t Give Up, Hope, Courage, Peace
Words of encouragement from the Word:
Joshua 1:9: ‘Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’
John 14:27: ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’
Jeremiah 29:11: ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’
Psalm 27:14: ‘ Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.’
Psalm 31:24: ‘Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.’
Proverbs 23:18: ‘There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.’