12 Days of Easter: Family Activity

Our family is getting ready to start this Easter Tradition that we started last year. In case you and your family want to get started also, here is run down of how our 12 Days of Easter, works. 

Are you looking for a great family idea for celebrating Easter? Do you want your children to know there is more to Easter than Candy?

Me too!

That is why we do the 12 Days of Easter. Want to join us?

In order to finish on Easter Sunday, you will want to start (open your first egg) on Wednesday March 28th. That is this Wednesday. No worries it is really easy to get this activity prepared. You probably have everything you need at home already. 

If you want a shorter 7 day version, I will include it at the end of the post. 

Plus, even if you can get day one and two done, it buys you a few more days to put the rest together if you need it.

Remember the Easter Egg Garland we made two weeks ago? That is how I am going to display our eggs.
The kids are going to be so excited.

Here is how The 12 Days of Easter works....It shouldn't take more than about 20 minutes to put together.

12 Plastic Easter Eggs
Permanent Marker
12 Small Strips of Paper (12 more optional)
(Small items listed below)

What to do
1. With your permanent marker, write the numbers 1-12 on each of the plastic eggs. 

2. Prepare your strips of paper.
*12 of the strips will have scripture references on them, listed below.
*The other 12 will have a very short explanation of the scripture. You don't have to include this, but I am putting them in for our 6 year old who is all about reading right now. 

3. Round up your small items (listed in parentheses). Refer to the list below.

The 12 Days of Easter.

Day 1
Matthew 26:26-27, 39
(A piece of bread or a sacrament cup)

Day 2
Matthew 26: 14-15
Zechariah 11:12-14
(3 Dimes to represent the 30 pieces of silver)

Day 3
Matthew 27:1-2
(Knotted Twine)

Day 4
Matthew 27:15, 17, 21, 24-26
(Chunk of Hand Soap)

Day 5
Matthew 27:28-30
Mark 15:16-17
(Square of red or purple fabric)

Day 6
Matthew 27:31-32
(Small Nail)

Day 7
Matthew 27:35
(Dice-representing casting lots)

Day 8
Matthew 27:50-51, 54
(Crushed Rocks)

Day 9
Matthew 27:57-60
(Strips of White Cloth)

Day 10
Matthew 27:60, 62-66
(Small Flat Stone)

Day 11
Mark 16:1, 2-6
(Bay Leaf or other Herb)

Day 12
Matthew 28:5-6
(Empty because HE IS RISEN!)

Arrange each day in its assigned egg and decide how you want them displayed. I am making ours into a garland. You could simply place them in a basket and display them. You could only bring out one a day, or even have your kids go on a hunt to find them each day.

Our family is going to...
Open one egg each night before we say family prayer. Our 3 year old will get to pick the egg off the garland because she is learning her numbers. Our 7 year old will read the short summary. Our 9 year old will read the scripture reference and the scripture. Then we will all discuss its meaning and what the small item represents.

After we open each egg I think we are going to clip the scriptures on the garland in between the eggs. I have some mini clothes pins that will work great. I got mine at Hobby Lobby, but you can get them at Michaels and Roberts.

7 Days of Easter (in case you get a late start, or want a shorter version)
To simplify... Just prepare the following days.
Day 1
Day 2
Day 5
Day 6
Day 9
Day 10
Day 12

What do you think? Are you going to do this with your family?
How do you teach your children the Real Meaning of Easter?


  1. Hi, I just found this post via another post from pintrest. LOVE this idea!!! and hiding them in the garland. FUN! --Carolyn

    1. So glad you love the post, and idea. Welcome to Family Volley. Our kids love this activity and I have really loved how it helps them understand that Easter is about more than candy. Hope you make the garland too..
      Thanks for your comment.

  2. My mother made a set for my family years ago and my children LOVE it. The eggs sit in a decorated egg carton with a picture of the Savior pasted to the top. For FHE the week before and again on Easter Sunday, we hide them around the house and let each child find three eggs. Then we sit together and open them in order to tell the Easter story. I usually supplement with pictures to help little ones stay focused when it isn't their turn to open an egg. This is our children's favorite Easter activity--they would do it every day if I was up to it! We also make Easter cookies on Saturday evening. Each ingredient represents a part of the Easter story (salt, vinegar, sugar, beating egg whites, etc.) and when the cookies are formed you seal them in the "tomb" (the oven) overnight. In the morning they have risen (just like our Savior) and are hollow and empty inside (just like the tomb). My oldest especially enjoys this activity. It is another reminder for our family of the true meaning of the season--and this one tastes pretty good too!

  3. I remember seeing this when you posted it last year, and I just didn't have the energy/time to do it. Today I saw it, though, and was so excited. I put it all together in just a few minutes, and I'm so excited to help our girls learn about Easter this year (especially since I asked my 5-year-old what Easter is about and she said, "Candy, and bunnies, and Easter eggs!" :/


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