Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Egglo Entertainment Easter Adventure - TOS Review

We were given the chance to review Egglo Entertainment - Its the brainchild of Darcie Cobos, a mother who wanted to find a creative way to explain the importance and true meaning of Easter to her own children and other children in her community. They use the scriptural teaching that Jesus is the 'Light of the World' from John 1:5 as the fulcrum.

I received the The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure bookThe Egg-cellent Easter Adventure program guide download, Egglo Glow in the Dark Easter EggsEgglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls and the Egglo Bible Verse Scroll Stickers.

The girls enjoyed reading The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure book to each other, it's a 40 page story encompassing the adventures of a pair of siblings, their cousin and their dog - The kids head off to the attic to pass the time and discover a glowing egg (the glowing Easter eggs are used as symbols to represent the Light of Christ throughout the story) which leads them on a great adventure around the world where they solve riddles and discover more eggs containing scriptures whilst leaning to become better, kinder, more considerate and ultimately discover the true meaning of Easter. 

I followed up with some activities from the program guide - this has 60 pages packed full of ideas, activities and resources to help you plan and organise your own Easter Egg Hunt to teach the true meaning of Easter. It's great for both an at home setting or for a larger church group. It includes loads of colouring pages - characters from the book as well as scenes with Jesus and crosses. There is a food section in the guide which would make great snacks for a Easter party. It also has a number of ideas for hands on activities and games, posters, invites, extra scrolls, presentation ideas, decorations, discussion prompts and object lessons. Of course, Egglo Entertainment offers all of the stuff you will need to conduct your egg hunt and reinforce The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure like glowing eggs, bible verse scrolls and an array of stickers.

The main attraction for the girls were the Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs ,
These are like the plastic eggs we fill up each Easter except they glow. They come in a box of 12 and come in four pastel colours (green, yellow, blue, or pink) six of the eggs have crosses on and six are plain. It is recommended to charge the eggs prior to use (which only takes about 20 mins)

We started our glow in the dark hunt by reading John 18-20 and discussed what it means to us using prompts from the programme guide along with their beach ball game. Instead of the girls racing against one another to see who could find the most eggs, I asked them to work together to find all of them. In each egg was a scripture scroll and a clue to the next location (using the Light of Jesus treasure hunt from their website). 

The scripture scrolls are cute and look just like the scrolls in the story. They come in a pack of 12 and are only about 2 inches high, they contain a summary of a Bible verse and the scripture reference. I found these to be very durable (the ends are plastic and the paper is a very heavy, gloss paper). These were a particular favourite of Rose, I've found a few of these stashed in her various bags and pockets (and even one under her pillow, which is usually only reserved for her spiderman purse)

We live in a world today where holidays have become very materialised. This particular day is such a important day for followers of Christ and I want my children to understand the importance of why we celebrate, not just about the Easter Bunny or lots of chocolate. Egglo Entertainment has given me the tools to help do just that.

I must admit I was very impressed with the whole programme, the concept is memorable and really engaged the girls imagination and the quality is amazing. I liked that the girls could see other kids choosing to change their behaviour and that the story kept referring you to the scriptures. There are so many different ways that these can be utilised (and not just for Easter) they are a great way to open discussions about the Bible, Jesus being the light of the World and the events that took place at Easter all those years ago. They even have a page on their website devoted to additional uses for the Egglo Eggs - I think my favourite was to use them as a comforting night light in a child's room as a reminder to them that the light of Jesus is always there for them and chasing away darkness. They also have a pintrest board full of ideas.

Its fairly obvious to say that the girls loved this - I mean what kid wouldn't want to hunt for glow in the dark Easter eggs? - Lilly (12), Sunflower (10), Tulip (8) and Rose (6) all participated in the fun and all of them enjoyed it. This has been an activity that all of them have understood on the same level, Jesus is our Light in a world full of darkness.

The complete Egglo kit is currently on sale at a reduced price of $50.00 or you can purchase the individual products for; 
The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Program Guide download for a sale price of $9.99
Glow in the dark eggs normally $11.99 (sale price $9.99)
The Egg-cellent Raster Adventure Book normally $12.99 (sale price $9.99)
Treasure Scripture Scrolls for $4.29
Bible verse Scroll stickers for £3.49

These are suggested for ages 4 to 13 but I think they are adaptable for most ages.

You can see what my crew mates thought over at the TOS Blog

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