My boys absolutely love Easter. And of course, one of the things that they look forward to each year is the infamous Easter Egg Hunt!
In the weeks leading up to Easter, we probably have a hundred Easter egg hunts in various forms, just because my boys are completely captivated by “the hunt.” They ask Mommy and Daddy to hide eggs whenever they have a chance. They hide eggs for each other. And as the actual holiday approaches, we get to go to a few organized events (either with our co-op, church, or other family members) where the Easter Egg hunt is in full swing!
As much as I love a good Easter egg hunt (my parents have actually held one for the adults the past few years), I never want my boys to miss the true meaning of Easter – the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So, when they were young, I started trying to brainstorm ways we could weave the two activities together. Now, of course, we’ve done the popular Resurrection Eggs – which are absolutely wonderful! However, one element was missing for my boys – FOOD! I mean, with all of that hunting, they definitely needed a snack, right?
So, we created this Resurrection Snack Mix that not only points to the true meaning of Easter but also gives them a little something to eat after using all of that energy to find the eggs!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Clean, plastic Easter eggs
- Pretzel sticks
- Fish crackers
- Chocolate chips
- Small marshmallows or Popcorn
- Any small red candy (sometimes I’ll save red M&Ms from the Valentine’s assortment)
- Large bowl
Now, you can do this a number of ways. If you want to place the actual snack mix items in the Easter eggs, be sure that you wash them thoroughly before filling them with the food items.
Then, fill the Easter eggs with the various items listed above. Leave at least one empty egg. Then, hide the eggs for your kids to find. Be sure to give them instructions NOT to open any of the eggs yet. Once all of the eggs have been found, come back together. Then, open the eggs and dump the contents into the large bowl. As you open each egg, explain what it represents in the Easter story:
- Pretzel sticks – remind us of the wooden cross, where Jesus died
- Fish crackers – remind us that Jesus taught his disciples to be “fishers of men.”
- Chocolate chips – remind us of the dark sin that we were covered in
- Small marshmallows or Popcorn – remind us of how the blood of Jesus makes us as white as snow
- Red Candy – reminds us of how Jesus suffered and bled for us
- When you get to the empty egg, celebrate that it is empty because the tomb was empty – Jesus is ALIVE!!!
If you’d rather not fill the individual eggs with the food items, simply place a small piece of paper with directions on which food item to add to the mix. See the FREE Download below. Then, as you open each of the eggs, you (or your child) can read the item listed and you can simply add it to the bowl that way, again discussing what each item represents.
Then, you simply pass out the snack mix for your kiddos to enjoy!
An added bonus to making this snack mix is that it will last for 3-5 days if you keep it sealed well in an airtight container. And this means you can continue to draw their attention back to the true meaning of Easter. I hope you enjoy this fun snack mix!
If you give it a try, I’d love to hear how it goes. Leave me a comment below – I’d love to hear all about it!