Thursday, March 13, 2014

Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt

My kids love any type of adventure. The egg hunt is one of their favorite parts of Easter. So when Egglo Entertainment sent us some really fun products to review (including glow-in-the-dark eggs!), they were excited.

Our package included the following:
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Egglo Entertainment's goal is to teach children about the love of God and help to strengthen their relationship with Him. The products place the focus of Easter back on Jesus. While our kids do get baskets and eggs on Easter Sunday, we don't celebrate the Easter Bunny in our house. We don't want anything to distract us from the true reason for celebrating: the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. These products reiterate what we are teaching our children.

The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure is a cute book about 3 kids who find themselves on an adventure. They're whisked across the world, following clues and glowing eggs. Each egg has two scrolls inside. One scroll has a Bible verse to help them on their journey and the other contains the clue to the next location. The kids learn valuable lessons along the way, like having courage, being humble, and working together. The kids discover that Jesus is the treasure. He is the light of the world. Just like they followed the light of the glowing Easter eggs to get to the next step, we need to follow the light of Jesus through life.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; 
and the darkness comprehended it not. 
John 1:4-5

They also offer an audio version of the book. My little ones love listening to audio books while driving, folding laundry, coloring, or whatever. They enjoyed listening to this one, especially the sound effects. I personally felt that the story seemed slightly disjointed at parts, like the author was trying too hard to make it suspenseful, but then rushed it. The kids (8, 5, 4) didn't make any indications that they felt this way though. They greatly enjoyed the book. It is a lengthy story and took us about a half hour to read and discuss it.

More than the book though, they loved the glow-in-the-dark eggs! The eggs are easily charged with light--sunlight, UV black light, fluorescent, incandescent--but sunlight works best. I charged the eggs in the sunlight, but we weren't able to have the hunt for a little while later. Since the eggs hold their glow the strongest the first hour and lose luminance over 2-3 hours, they weren't very bright. The kids used flashlights to find the eggs and had plenty of fun. After that, we made sure to charge the eggs and have the hunt immediately. The eggs glowed brightly in the dark! It was another lesson how we, as God's children, need to shine brightly in the world.

We also got tiny scrolls, like the ones in the story, with verses about Jesus on them. After our hunt, we opened the eggs and read the verses.  Since the verses are based on the Bible, and not actually the Scriptures themselves, we also read the verses in our Bible. The kids were excited to find prizes in the eggs and thought the scrolls were so cute.

The last part of our package was the program guide curriculum. This resource is full of ideas for churches and individuals to put together an Easter event for kids. The 60-page guide has cute snack ideas, coloring pages, activities, decorations, invitations, Bible verse scrolls, discussion cards, and more. They make it very simple to plan a meaningful celebration that points kids to Jesus. The whole event centers on the fact that Jesus is the light of the world. 

We didn't plan a big party to use these ideas. We incorporated them in our own activities throughout the days. From reading the account in the Bible to enjoying the activities to eating the yummy snacks, everything has pointed us back to Jesus.

We have enjoyed remembering Jesus' sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection as we've used these products. It's been a fun Easter study. It can be adapted to be used with any age, but is geared for ages 4-13, thogh I think even after age 10 would be a stretch. You can purchase individual products, or for a discount, you can purchase the Egglo kit which includes everything you need for a successful glow-in-the-dark, pointing-to-Jesus, light-of-the-world activity.

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