An Easter Egg Hunt In The Dark? ~ Glow In The Dark Egglo Eggs #Review
Does your family celebrate Easter religiously, secularly, or some combination of the two? When you hear Easter, what’s the very first word that comes to mind? Chances are, no matter how you view Easter, that word is Eggs. Much like Christmas, in this ultra-commercialized world, it can be a pretty big challenge to keep the “reason” in our holidays – and if that’s a challenge for the adults, it goes doubly so for the kids – so, what can parents do about it?
One of the best ways to appeal to children is to promote the truth behind the event through the appeal of the popular holiday, but coming up with workable solutions isn’t all that easy. That’s where a resource like Egglo Entertainment comes into play; by using tools such as Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs (12 per package) and The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure (book), we can combine both worlds for maximum effectiveness.
The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure tells the story of three children who discover a glowing egg, and follow its light, which eventually leads them to Jesus, the “light of the world”, with various reminders about Christian behavior along the way. An audio story version is available that works well for listening alone or allowing younger children to “read along with the book”.
We also received both a Program Guide and Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls. The scripture scrolls are crafted to fit inside the eggs, and include bible verses for a treasure hunt activity similar in style to that found in the book. The Program Guide includes directions for this activity, along with many other suggestions for teaching the true meaning of Easter to your family or church group.
As described in the program guide, and shown in many sample photos on the Egglo Entertainment website and Pinterest account, there are many fun ways to use Egglo Entertainment products that don’t involve hiding or seeking them. One could create a bouquet of eggs, an egg wreath, or, my favorite suggestion, though the weather has been far too awful here to put them out – stringing them and hanging them from an Easter tree outside. (If this sounds weird, well – there’s several people in our area who do this with the regular type of plastic eggs.)
Forgive me – I learned the hard way that my point-and-shoot-camera just does not measure up for dark or partially dark images; it was impossible for me to capture the eggs as they were glowing, and I discovered too late that our in-progress egg hunt pictures just did not turn out well at all. Definitely, though, the stock images I’ve shared capture the look and feel of the Egglo products.
The scrolls are surprisingly sturdy in the hand, much more solid than the fragile paper I’d anticipated. The “paper” is either a heavy gloss paper or a light plastic, while the “wood” parts of the scroll are solid plastic pieces. With some care, they’d be reusable for years to come – and there’s just something indescribably adorable about those little scrolls, wrapped closed with rubber bands.
Do the Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs really glow?
They do. Like many glow-in-the-dark products, they need to be “charged” with light prior to use, preferably sunlight, but other lights may suffice. The glow is strongest if used soon after charging, and dissipates after about an hour. I found myself a little bit frustrated with the eggs, as I was expecting a stronger glow.
I eventually realized what I was comparing the glow strength with. In our previous home, we’d somehow ended up with a few streaks of glow-in-the-dark nail on the bathroom door and the bathroom counter. These weren’t visible in light, but despite being in a no-windows bathroom and a hallway that received very little natural light and rarely had the overhead light on, the streaks were almost always glowing in the dark, even in the middle of the night. THAT’s the glow strength I wish the Egglo eggs had, but it may not be possible with the material.
What did we think?
The concept of glow-in-the-dark eggs was a hit with the kids, and I think it would be for most families, though I’m not certain how many would go to the extent of the elaborate treasure hunt. It seems much more practical and realistic as a church-based activity than one for home. Their only real disappointment is that the glow doesn’t last anywhere near as long as they were willing to use them!
The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure book, though, was my favorite. It’s not just a short book – there’s an awful lot of text in this storybook, enough to keep even older elementary children intrigued for a bit, and the illustrations are gorgeous. They’re bright and full of life, and really capture the visual appeal and imagination of the egg hunt, and place it back into a religious context without losing the “fun” that makes Easter so commercially enticing. Long-term, value for your money, The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure needs to be on your shelf.
Egglo Entertainment Pricing
|Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs||$11.99|
|The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure (book)||$12.99|
|The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure (book audio download)||$2.99|
|Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls||$4.29|
|The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Program Guide||$14.99|