Egglo Entertainment has taken a tradition that is normally secular and detracts from the meaning of Easter and redeemed it in a such an enjoyable way with their products, which focus on Jesus being the light of the world.
We received Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs ($11.99, on sale for $9.99), Egglo Treasures scripture scrolls, the book The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure ($12.99, on sale for $9.99), The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure (book audio download) ($2.99) and The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Program Guide ($14.95). The age range for these is about ages 4 to 13, but could work for any age.
Bear was especially excited to see these eggs!
We started with the book. It’s a 40 page story of a sister and brother and their cousin who go up to the attic to pass the time (rather impatiently) until the church’s Easter egg hunt. In the attic they find a glowing egg that gives them a riddle to solve and a Bible verse to read. The kids, who are a bit selfish and bossy, end up traveling to the places in the riddles and start applying the Bible verses to their situations. They end up back home a bit changed and the adults in the book are pleased, yet surprised by these changes. From Bear: ”I like the details in the illustrations. I like the riddles and Bible verses. It was fun to try to guess where the kids were going next.”
From J-jo: ” I liked when the kids were bossy but they changed to be nice.”
They both agreed it was a book they wanted to read again. I liked the illustrations, but felt the story was long and drawn out. It was a lot of text to read aloud! I should have gone straight for the audio version we received. It takes 30 minutes to listen to, but the narrator is much more animated than I could be. Nevertheless, my opinion about the lengthiness doesn’t matter much, since the kids absolutely loved it! I did appreciate the message of the book and as Bear said, it was fun to try to solve the riddles. I liked that Bear and J-jo could see other kids, even though fictional, choosing to change their behavior. After reading the book, Bear and J-jo couldn’t wait to do their own hunt. The eggs come in a box of twelve. You have to put them together. I saved an egg carton for storage so I can keep them stored whole. The eggs are pastel colors and some have crosses on them while others are plain. It’s recommended to charge the eggs in the sunlight (it still takes about 45 minutes), but I charged our eggs under a lamp (and really, not for long enough) so they didn’t glow very brightly, or for very long. I hid them all over the playroom for the kids after we read The Egg-cellent Egg Adventure because I didn’t find the scavenger hunt on the Egglo website until later, but it has clues in the form of Bible verses that lead you to places in the house. It was way better as scripture scavenger hunt and we used a flashlight to read the clues! Bear and J-jo rushed to get them all. It was really cold here during our review period, so there was no way I was going to hide the eggs outside, but I think the hunt would have been much more fun outside at night. Nevertheless, the kids had me hide the eggs multiple times this same evening. The first time we did the hunt in the playroom, we hid the scripture scrolls in the eggs. The scriptures are ones that focus on Jesus being the light in our lives. After they had found all the eggs, we turned on the lights, sat together and read them to each other and discussed them. The scrolls are a bit fragile at the point where the paper inserts into the plastic ends. One of ours has come apart and though I can insert the paper back into the plastic end, I worry about how long they will last. The kids carry these scriptures around with them, they like the feel of them so much, and I m always finding them in random places. The Program Guide is helpful if you are planning a party or church event. There are tips on decorating , printables to print for affixing to walls, printable scrolls, snack ideas to fit with the theme of Jesus and the Cross, and an object lesson to introduce this theme. The Program Guide would be really helpful if you wanted to use the eggs as part of your Bible curriculum. Most of the snacks use foods we don’t eat, so the snack part of it, as cute and meaningful as these snacks are, I couldn’t use them. For the budget conscious, skip this and just get the glow-in-the-dark eggs.
Here’s what I love the most about the Egglo Eggs and why I keep one on my bedside table:
The eggs are a bit like us. If I spend time being charged by the Son, I glow more myself. However, when I don’t take the time to fully charge myself through prayer and Bible reading, I can quickly lose my light. The glow-in-the-dark eggs are a hands-on reminder to keep charging. So now a solitary egg sits on my bedside table and when I turn out the light at night, I see a reminder for the next day, to immerse myself more in His light. I was really glad to have the eggs to show the kids this truth. The more we spend time with God, the more we will shine like Him. Connect with Egglo Entertainment on Pinterest , Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Google +. Read what others thought of the eggs by clicking on the graphic below: