Last year, one of our favorite reviews that we were able to participate in was a review we did for Egglo Entertainment. So, when we received the opportunity to play with more of the Egglo Easter eggs and write another review this year, I was excited to get to play with Egglo products with the kids again.
We received several products from Egglo Entertainment. We received Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs, The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Book, Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls, Egglo Bible Verse Stickers, and The Egglo Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt Event Curriculum. All of these products, with the exception of the curriculum, are physical products. The curriculum is a downloadable PDF.
If you’ve never heard of Egglo Entertainment, they were birthed when founder, Darcie Cobos, was felt led to use the opportunity of Easter eggs hunts to teach more about God’s love for us and to help teach children the message that Jesus is the light of the world. By following the Lord’s leading, she began developing these eggs and the book and program materials that they sell today in order to help children create lasting memories around the lessons that the Bible teaches us.
Items I Received
Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs-–Packaged in a box of 12, these eggs are thick, sturdy and translucent in appearance. The boxes have three of each color egg, and the colors are pink, blue, yellow and green. My blue and green eggs had a lovely cross design, and my pink and yellow eggs, while no less pretty, were without a design on them.
These were eggs that would have been pretty, even if they did not glow, but the glow is beautiful and fantastic. My children were all excited by the prospect of glowing eggs and taking them into the dark just to experience and watch them glow. They even gathered into a dark closet one day with the eggs to “tell scary stories” because having them around made for a fun light in their pretend campout.
My tip to you is also to make sure that you save the box. It’s made of sturdy cardboard, and is the perfect place for year-round storage of your eggs.
The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Book-–This is a large paper back book with lots of story and plenty of illustrations. This story follows Hardy, Anastasia, their cousin Pascal, and their dog Zeke as they find a glowing Easter egg in the attic. They touch the egg and scrolls pop out. One has a scripture on it, and the other scroll has a clue. The children solve the clue and are transported back to ancient Egypt. As they continue on their adventure, they find more eggs with scriptures and riddles for them to solve to be further transported to more places on the adventure. The treasure hunt ends, very appropriately, at the foot of the cross before they are transported back home to their own Easter egg hunt festivities.
Despite this being a picture book, it is not a younger children book. As I read it, I gave my younger children (3 & 5) coloring sheets from the curriculum to color as they listened. The book is much more suitable for elementary-aged children, such as my 8 & 9 year olds. I’ve read it to them several times, and they really enjoy it. There’s quite a bit of text, and I would estimate that it takes me 20-25 minutes to read it to them.
One of the areas of the book that I haven’t really explored yet with the children, but that I’m wanting to is the scripture scrolls that are present in the book. Each of the characters in the book have some very obvious (to adults) character flaws that the scriptures in the scrolls are pointing towards and that those children have to deal with as part of the story.
For example, Hardy wants to be the boss of the adventure. He struggles with pride and wanting everyone to do things his way, even if his way is wrong. So, the first scripture that is revealed in the scroll is Philippians 2:3 which says
Do nothing out of selfishness, but in humility value others above yourself.
As he makes some mistakes and has to admit that he wasn’t treating the other kids the way that Jesus would have him to, we can see a great applicational meaning for this verse. So, this book and the verses in scrolls could be a great addition to biblical character studies.
Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls–These are cute and tiny scrolls that children love to unroll. Each scroll also has a little message on it from the scriptures to remind you to focus on Jesus. Some of the scriptures included are: I Corinthians 15:3-4, Deuteronomy 6:5, Proverbs 3: 5-6 and Matthew 5:16.
These would be perfect, when you have an Easter egg hunt to put into your prize eggs. When a child finds a prize egg, they can bring you the scroll and you can talk to them about the scriptures inside. That’s a great way to bring Jesus into focus as our prize.
Egglo Bible Verse Stickers—These are the scrolls in sticker format. They’re lovely stickers, and they are individually cut, which makes them perfect for hiding in eggs. The scriptures included in the verse stickers are the same as the ones in the scripture scrolls.
The Egglo Glow In The Dark Egg Hunt Event Curriculum—This is a 60 page downloadable curriculum that gives a church everything they need to put on their own Egglo Egg Hunt Event. There are snack ideas, an introductory activity idea, a couple of different storytelling options, an activity meant to reinforce the Bible verse, and ideas for how to manage your Easter egg hunt. There are also some great additional resources for egg hunting events, including invitation designs, posters to hang, printable decorations, scripture and egg papers that can be used to fill the eggs, discussion cards for the Easter egg hunt and coloring pages. All this is reproducible so that churches can make as many copies as they need.
If you’re using it at home, you won’t need the posters or invitations, but the rest of this can be easily adapted to teaching your own children a lesson about how Jesus is the light of the world.
Some Activities We Did
The first, and most obvious use for these eggs is to hunt them! We’ve done some of that, but if you’re using them at home, I highly suggest that instead of an all out Easter egg frenzy that you download Egglo’s scavenger and treasure hunts. After all, figuring out puzzles is part of the fun.
One of the most fun things we did with our Egglo eggs is to practice some auditory discrimination in the dark. Auditory discrimination is an important part of distinguishing between language sounds for speech and reading. It’s also an important skill is music development.
It’s also exceptionally fun to do this kind of discrimination in the dark. I put rice, beans and salt in different eggs and charged them in my windowsill. Then, we took them into our dark bathroom and I let them guess shake and guess which egg held which item. Finally, we turned the lights on had a reveal of whether or not the children were right in their guesses.
I’ve also in the beginning stages of doing a Bible study with the children based on the Bible verses in the scroll stickers. I made big letters spelling “Jesus” on a half sheet of poster board and traced around one of the egg halves 12 times so that I would have one egg on the poster for each of the 12 scripture stickers. I got a few willing children to decorate, and now we have a poster for learning more scriptures related to Jesus.
Every few days I’m making time to do a Bible lesson based upon one of these verses with copywork and reflection journals for the older children. For the whole family, we’re doing activities and discussions related to the theme of the verse. As we finish our study of the verse, we’ll be adding a sticker to our poster. (I’ll also be sharing some of our lessons and activities over the next few weeks.)
Our Overall Opinion
These eggs are lots of fun. They’re high quality and have a great, colorful glow. We have enjoyed playing with them in multiple ways and will continue to enjoy them between now and Easter.
I also feel that the companion products are wonderful accompaniments to help you keep your focus on Jesus throughout the Easter season. Egglo has truly developed a product that can be used in multiple fun ways to teach the children that Jesus is the Light of the World and about the sacrifice that Jesus made for us.