I originally saw this idea on the ldsprimary e-mail list I'm on. It used plastic eggs, with the actual items inside the eggs. I liked the idea, but our Primary is so large (125+) that there was no way we could do this using plastic eggs and give them out to each child. So I came up with a way to do it using pictures on cardstock.
This is a way of telling the Easter story using scripture references and pictures of objects to help remind the children of the different parts of the story.
You need to print out the basket pattern. Then you need to print out the two Egg (1 and 2) pages double-sided so that the numbers and scriptures match with the pictures on the back. Cut out the basket and tape or glue around the bottom and sides of the basket. We found it worked really well to leave the handle of the basket un-taped.
We are going to send this information home with the children, including the list of scriptures in case they ever lose an egg:
Today your child has received a paper basket that contains 12 paper eggs. Each egg has a picture of a simple object and accompanying scripture; these will aid your family as you review the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is our hope that you will discuss this most valuable story with your children during this Easter season, and that in looking at each egg the scriptures will become more vivid and memorable to you and your family. Please go through the eggs 1-12, in that order. Older children could use this as a visual aid to teach the Easter story in Family Home Evening.
the Primary Presidency
JST-inspired version-Matt. 26:22-25, Matt 26:26-28, Mark 14:20-25, Luke 22:17-20
Matt 26:14-15 (fulfilled the prophecy in Zechariah 11:12-14) (coins)
Matthew 27:1-2 (rope)
Matthew 27:24-26 (soap)
Matthew 27:28-31 (robe and staff)
John 19"17-19 (nail)
John 19:23-24 (dice)
Mark 15:33-34, Matthew 27:51 Mark 15:37-39 (dirt)
Matthew 27:58-60 (white cloth)
Matthew 27:62-66 (stone)
Matthew 28:1-2 & 5-6 (empty egg)
D&C 76:40-42 (Picture of Jesus Christ - the tomb was empty but he lives)
"The doctrine of the atonement embraces, sustains, supports and gives life and force to all other gospel doctrines. It is the foundation upon which all truths rest, and all things grow out of it and because of it." Bruce R. McConkie - Mormon Doctrine