Sometimes in the midst of the Easter Bunny, chocolates, and brightly colored marshmallow peeps, we seem to miss the entire point of Easter. The book Benjamin’s Box and the Resurrection Eggs are two excellent resources from Family Life that help us place Jesus Christ and the message of the Gospel back into the center of Easter.
In Benjamin’s Box, Melody Carlson and Jack Stockman take us back in time to experience a little bit of what life was like in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus’ ministry, death, and resurrection.
In this story, a Jewish boy named Benjamin (fictional character) collects different “treasures”, each one significant to the last week of Jesus’ life, from the Triumphal Entry to the Resurrection. Each “treasure” that Benjamin collects is explained in the story and the corresponding “treasure” can be found in one of the color-coordinated Resurrection Eggs, giving children a very tangible way to interact with this story.
This book is perfect to read in the one or two weeks prior to Easter, although it is short enough to read in one long setting, as well. Benjamin’s Box and the Resurrection Eggs are appealing for children four years old through elementary, and could easily become a family Easter tradition.
While Benjamin’s Box is written in English, the Resurrection Eggs come with their own instructions for use in both English and Spanish.
Does your family use Benjamin’s Box or the Resurrection Eggs as part of your Easter celebration? If so, I would love to hear what you think of these resources. Please scroll down to comment.