It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of Easter eggs or the Easter bunny. Yet, in our culture, we’re bombarded with the message that Easter is about collecting eggs, candy and the other treats that we can get from the Easter bunny. Can a Christian embrace the fun of egg hunts in a way that honors Jesus?
Darcie Cobos, founder of Egglo Entertainment, says yes. Thanks to the Schoolhouse Review Crew I got to experience Egglo Entertainment’s answer to the increasing secularization of Easter firsthand. I ended up being thrilled that I did.
We received a box of 12 Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs ($11.99), The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure book ($12.99), The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure audio book download ($2.99), Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls ($4.29), and The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Program Guide ($14.99). Although you can adapt these products to work with any age, the ideal age range for these products is 4-13. I used these products with all four of my children, and their ages are 8, 7, 4, and 2.
The Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs come by the dozen. They come in a study cardboard box, and they have charging instructions included in the box. The first thing we did when we got our eggs was to pull them out of the box and start charging away. They charge best out in the sunlight, but also charge well under regular incandescent light. For fun, the first night, we would shine a black light on the eggs for a couple of minutes and then take the eggs to the darkest rooms in our house to see if they really glowed.
The eggs are pretty, oval shaped pastels. The material that they’re made out of is translucent, and some of the eggs have crosses on them. Others are left plain but are no less pretty. They are very sturdy and hold up to lots of play time. As you can tell from the pictures below, they really do glow!
The pictures above were taken after I had charged the eggs for an hour under incandescent light. I wanted to share these pictures with you to show you that incandescent light doesn’t charge as effectively as sunlight. Even after an hour, the eggs were pretty light and the colors in the dark between the eggs are indistinct. If this had been the only way that we had charged the eggs, I would have walked away from the product disappointed.
However, we’re scientists in our house, and we charged the eggs under multiple types of light. Our favorite turned out to be the sunlight. If you look at the picture below, you can see what the eggs look like after 20 minutes outside on a cloudy day.
I think the picture speaks for itself. They are beautiful! They are bright and lovely. The colors are very clear. If you try charging them inside and they aren’t bright enough, take them out into the sun.
The eggs are also easy to open and close, and when you close them, they seal tightly. The children enjoyed playing hide-and-seek with them. They would hide them in dark closets and bathrooms for each other to find. They also put small items in them and floated them in the bathtub. The older kids had great fun with it, and the younger kids found it to be valuable sensory exploration.
The next thing that we started playing with was The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure book. This is a large study paperback with plenty of richly drawn illustrations. It tells the story of cousins who find a beautiful Easter egg in the attic that transports them to the first destination on a treasure hunt. They have to unravel the scripture and clues in the scrolls to reach each destination along the path. They gain some character lessons that they need along the way. In a very appropriate manner, their journey ends at the foot of the cross.
My older children listened attentively and absorbed the information. We actually read and listened to the book several times. When I was reading the book, my preschoolers grew bored with the book. Even though it’s a picture book, there is a lot of text, and the book is really geared toward elementary aged children. My older children were at the perfect age to enjoy this Easter adventure.
As much as they enjoyed the book, they were really even more excited about The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure (book audio download). The narrator is very pleasant to listen too, and the children enjoyed listening to the story and following along in the book. Even the younger children enjoyed listening to the book this way too and absorbed the story better listening to it while they built with legos. I highly recommend this resource to go with the book. It takes the narrator about 30 minutes to read through the book, and he’s much more animated and entertaining than I am!
Reading the book and having the eggs leads quite naturally into a scavenger hunt. I was excited to find this simple scavenger hunt on their site because I’m not great at creating scavenger hunts. All of the clues on the scavenger hunt are Bible verses with key words and phrases to direct the hunt through different rooms of your house, and it’s a great way to keep yourself in the Word as you hunt for Easter eggs.
If you’re wanting to use scriptures, but you’re not doing a scavenger hunt, Egglo also sells Scripture scrolls. This is just a set of 12 little scrolls with different verses inside. This would be a perfect way to incorporate scripture into a Easter egg hunt at church or an outdoor egg hunt with your family.
The other item I received from Egglo Entertainment was their program guide. It contains snack ideas, game ideas, comprehension questions for the Egg-cellent Adventure book, tips for telling the bible story, print-outs to decorate your church’s space and coloring sheets. It also contains posters and invitations for having your own Egglo themed Easter program. We really only used a couple of the snack ideas out of here because we didn’t have a group hunt, but this is a great resource if you’re running a group program that’s centered on Egglo Eggs.
Of course, I wouldn’t be me if I hadn’t of done some sort of craft activities with them. So far, my favorite thing we’ve made with the eggs has been our egg print paintings. Aren’t they pretty?
I did set up my own Pinterest board with ideas for both glow in the dark activity ideas and plastic Easter egg activity ideas. I’ve been wildly pinning ideas on there, and probably will continue to as we get closer to Easter.
As you can see, we had lots of fun playing with the eggs and reading the Egg-cellent Adventure book. I also couldn’t help but appreciate that there wasn’t an Easter bunny in sight. I love the way that Egglo Entertainment has taken an Easter tradition that is normally secular and detracts from the meaning of Easter and redeemed it in a logical and enjoyable way.
It makes perfect sense to have glow-in-the-dark eggs that represent how Jesus is the light of the world. It makes perfect sense to go on a scavenger hunt for treasure and to find that Jesus is our greatest treasure of all. In fact, we had so much fun with the eggs and using them to focus on the Bible and Jesus that I forgot for a little while that Easter eggs and Easter egg hunts usually have nothing to do with Jesus.
In fact, in a world full of the darkness of a secularized Easter, they are a light and a breath of fresh air. We have found these to be the perfect counterpoint to Easter as usual, and I look forward to continuing to use them as a new Easter tradition in our home.