Monday, March 9, 2015

Bring Excitement to your Easter Egg Hunt with Egglo Entertainment!


Egglo Entertainment Review 
This is a review for the Schoolhouse Review Crew.

I realize not everyone does Easter Egg Hunts. Our family does, and we help our church put on a community-wide Easter Egg Hunt every year. But, we've never done a Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt before!

I'd never heard of Egglo Entertainment and their Egglo Eggs before the opportunity for this Schoolhouse Crew review arose. I knew my kids would have fun with these glow-in-the-dark eggs, both at home, and in our 4 and 5 year old's Sunday School class. We were excited when our package arrived and we received one box of 12 Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs, The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure book, one package of 12 Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls, and one package of 12 Egglo Bible Verse Stickers. We also were able to download a copy of the Egglo Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt Event Curriculum.


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Glow In The Dark Egglo Eggs

The Egglo Eggs come in a box with 24 halves stacked together.  You connect the egg halves together, yourself. There are 3 yellow eggs, 3 green eggs, 3 blue eggs, and 3 pink eggs included in each set. The yellow and pink eggs are plain, and the blue and green eggs have embossed crosses on them. The eggs need to be charged in light before they will glow in the dark.



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I want you to know that my 4 year old daughter loves these eggs. In fact, I have spent quite a bit of time tracking them down from her hiding places.They seem to be well-made, less brittle than some of our other plastic eggs. She hardly lets them finish "charging" in sunlight before she runs off to hide them again.

Just a half hour in direct sunlight creates a really bright glow in a dark room. However, if you're trying to use them in a living room during daylight, they only glow a little bit, for a short time. The glow just isn't really visible in a mostly lighted room. The darker the room (or the night), the better the glow!

The Egglo Eggs are sold in boxes of twelve for $9.99, though there are discounts for bulk purchases that can be found on the Egglo Entertainment website.

The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Book

The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure is a brightly-colored, well-illustrated paperback book. The book has an interesting story and a double-message. It covers the Christian tenet that Jesus is the Light of the World and the true meaning of Easter, but it also shows the 3 children in the book applying Scripture to their life and making changes in their behavior. I love that because it seems our kids often KNOW about Jesus, but don't apply the Scripture to their own lives.

I enjoyed The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure and appreciate the message it presents to children. My only complaint is that it is a little too long for the younger children who love the glowing Egglo eggs. My eight year old daughter, however, picked it up and took it away to read to herself. Even among the older children, there will be some who aren't accustomed to listening to longer books that will find it hard to maintain their focus. There is an audio version and a DVD version, however, and the DVD may work better for some children, especially in a large group setting.

The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure book is currently priced at $9.99. The audio book is available for $2.99, and the DVD is priced at $9.99.


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The Egglo Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Event Curriculum

The Egglo Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Event Curriculum is a 62 page PDF file that you download from the Egglo website. It is 122 mb because it is a very image-heavy file. The first 17 pages of the curriculum is text-based and covers an introduction to the curriculum, decorating ideas, snack ideas, devotions, options for the Easter story, activities, and everything you'd need to know to plan an Egglo Hunt in your church or community. The remainder of the file includes multiple invitation styles, posters, eggs for decorating, and coloring sheets. You'll need access to a color printer to use the posters, invitations and decorations. We only printed coloring sheets, so we were able to do that at home on our non-color printer.

As I read through the devotions and activities, I really wanted to use two of the snack ideas. I settled for the torch one, as it seemed simplest with the 4 and 5 year olds I teach. The tomb snack had both a healthy version and a sugary-sweet version. I liked that they gave both options! The curriculum provided discussion and devotional times as well as physical activities to get the kids up and moving. This dual-approach helps to bring the lesson to life for the kids.

The curriculum download is available for $9.99 and is divided into 2 segments. It is very helpful and has everything you'd need to use the Egglo eggs in your church or community.


Other Egglo Items

Our review package contained Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls and the Egglo Bible Verse Scroll Stickers. The stickers come pre-cut in little squares for adding to eggs or giving to children as they arrive. The tiny plastic scrolls are cute, with a printed Bible thought or verse on them, but they aren't too sturdy. In my house, at least, they won't last very long, before someone comes crying that their scroll broke because they were playing with it. It still makes a nice take-home gift for Egg Hunt attendees.

Egglo Entertainment also has Easter egg stickers, and character stickers from the Egg-cellent Easter Adventure book.  These are packaged in sets of 12 and affordably priced for using in a community or church Easter egg hunt. They can be used to decorate the plain eggs, or as inserts for the eggs themselves.


ElCloud Thoughts and Experiences

So, how did we use the Egglo products that we received? First, we used them in a relaxed way at home. We read The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure to our children, wherever interest was expressed. I am sure we will read it again as Easter draws closer. We had fun playing with the Egglo eggs, both during the day and at night, inside the house and outside. Our younger kids were also excited about the coloring sheets! Whenever we played with the eggs or colored pictures, I just reminded the children that the eggs glow because they are reminding us that Jesus is the Light of the World.

Steve and I also teach the 4 and 5 year old Sunday School class at our church. We took the eggs to church, charging them in the sun as we drove in and during the start of the class while we took attendance and had our music time. (We placed them in a gallon size storage bag, so we could put them on the car dashboard and in the classroom window to charge.) After our music time, we turned out the lights, closed the blinds, and showed the eggs to the children. Our classroom doesn't get very dark, but they were still able to see them glowing and were excited to hide them and hunt for them.

After a few rounds of Egglo-hunting, we took a break and stopped to read the Easter story from one of our illustrated Bible Story books. We then had our snack time (I forgot the items to make the torch snacks so we didn't get to do that simple and yummy sounding snack.) After snack, we let the kids take turns hiding the eggs for us. We placed Treasure Scrolls and Bible Verse Stickers inside the eggs and then made sure that each child took home one scroll and one sticker.

Finally, we had printed out two coloring sheets that didn't put too much emphasis on The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Book because we didn't read the book in class. We allowed the kids to color at the end of class, until their parents picked them up. They took those home, along with their Treasure Scrolls and Bible stickers. It was a simple but fun class time, and we continually emphasized that Jesus is the Light of the World, as well as that God's Word is a light for us to follow.

There is a lot more content available in the curriculum guide to use in a larger church event, and with different ages of children. We only used a portion of it for our Sunday School class, but it would work well for children's church, a Wednesday night kids' program, or a church-wide Glowing Egg Hunt event.

Overall, I was impressed with the Egglo Entertainment products. It was a fun way to celebrate the true meaning of Easter and I am sure we'll be using our little set for years to come (at home and in our Sunday School class.) I'm not sure how an outdoor Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt would work, unless they were hidden during daylight, allowed to charge in the sun, and then the hunt began at dusk. I'm not sure how long the glow would last if they were left outside in the dark too long.

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April E.


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