Resurrection Eggs - 2014 updated edition
A little bit good, but violent and creepy
I was really excited to help my kids learn about Jesus' life and the Resurrection using these eggs. But I was disappointed about the fact that a product targeted toward young kids would focus quite so much on the violence Jesus endured. I realize this set is supposed to be targeted toward Easter, but surely we could replace the whip and the spear, for instance, with tokens of Jesus' ministry? Anything??? I think it's important that kids know his death was tragic and painful, but wouldn't the crown of thorns and nails be plenty to teach that? In my opinion, the story of Easter is also about the story of Jesus' life and ministry--his miracles, healing and great love. There would be plenty of symbols we could use to show those (sandals, to talk about washing feet, for instance?), and help our kids understand why so many people loved Him and so many people hated Him (and still do today! I'll be tweaking the set to do so. My kids will eventually learn the details of the torture Jesus underwent, but my 5-year-old today was crying about Jesus even being nailed to a cross (which is bad enough!!!), so I don't think she could handle more. I wouldn't want any sweet child's mind focused too much on torture, frankly.
Also, the pictures in the book are really creepy. They look like cartoonized versions of old icon paintings. I might retype the scriptures and commentary (which is short, and good, but not amazing since so many are focused on violence) so that my kids don't have to see the pictures.
That being said, my kids love the concept, and the quality is good. I will tweak and use these year after year, I'm sure--unless they come out with a gentler version, which I would probably purchase.
The kid contains a donkey, a cup, some coins, praying hands, a stone, a whip, a spear, a rooster, a crown of thorns, a shroud, nails in the shape of a cross and an empty egg.
April 7, 2014