Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Schoolhouse Review: Egglo Entertainment

Easter is upon us and many parents are going to wonder how to get the true meaning of the holiday into the minds of children who are filled with thoughts of eggs and candy.  The latest product I reviewed is trying to address that very issue.  Egglo Entertainment has put a unique twist on hunting eggs.

For the purpose of my review I recieved:
Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs
The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Book
The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Audio Book Download
Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls
The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Program Guide

The Egglo Egg Experience is designed for kids ages 4-13 to help keep the focus of Easter on Jesus by reminding children that Jesus is the light of the world.  It is based off of John 1:5 which says "The Light shines in the dark and the darkness has not overcome it."  Instead of hunting eggs in the day time, you have a night time hunt and emphasize the importance of Jesus to light our way, not simply in the dark, but through the decisions we make each and every day.

The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Program Guide helps you incorporate the entire message into your hunt for a church or other large group of children.  It gives examples of how to bring in the message that Jesus is the light throughout the evening.   It has everything you need to advertise your hunt, decorating tips, snack ideas, games, devotions, bible application, story time, and of course the hunt itself.  I have not had the opportunity to do this with a group yet, but this certainly would be helpful for that.  It has everything you need.

The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Book will help tie the glow in the dark eggs to the lesson.  It is a story about a family who is about to go on their first night egg hunt.  Before they do they get whisked away into an adventure where they learn some lessons from the bible.  They find this mysterious glowing egg in their attic which causes scrolls to appear before them which have bible verses and clues on them.  As they seek to understand the riddles they are transported to various places where they learn a valuable lesson which then leads them on further until they finally find the treasure at the end.

The characters each have behavior issues they must over come.  Hardy always wants to be first, Pascal never wants to listen to anyone or ask for help and Ana is afraid of everything.  Each verse they learn about in the book teaches them to have a better biblical attitude.  By the end of the story the parents are amazed at the changes in their children.

To tie the story into the hunt they offer the Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls that actually fit in the eggs.  These scrolls each have one simple bible verse on them.  Its an excellent way to keep God's Word as part of the focus.  Once you find the "light" you get the message! While they are made of a heavy, glossy paper that is a bit more durable, you still have to be careful with them.  Gess accidentally pulled the end off of one so she learned to handle them more gently after that.

Once you have read the story, charged, and stuffed your eggs it is time to hunt for the Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs.  While my personal pictures didn't reveal it, they glowed rather nicely.  Some were plain, but some had crosses on them.  We had to do our hunt indoors as there has still been snow around here.  I can't wait to try this outdoors for Easter though.  It should be fun.  Here is an image that shows how they look in the dark and light.

While I was stuck indoors I had the opportunity to do this alone with Gess and once with my grandchildren.  They loved the hunt, but since they are preschoolers the story was a bit long for them.  The audio version is just shy of thirty minutes so this probably is best with older children.  Gess also loved listening to the audio and reading along on her own.

While the story was enjoyable and did teach the kids a lesson I personally felt funny about the fact that it was through an egg that seemed to do "magical" things.  It glowed, made things appear, and even transported the children to far away places.  I am not sure it is a good thing to teach children to obey God's Word through this sort of method.  I understand that it ties in the egg, but I fear they will focus more on the powers the egg seemed to have than the lessons it was trying to teach.

The book also lacked the traditional Easter message of the resurrection of Jesus.  I loved that it talked about Jesus being the light, but that isn't what we expect to learn on Easter Sunday.  The program guide does offer suggestions for how to tell the traditional story from the bible and also has some questions and activities for the kids to go along with it, so it is there if that is important to you.

While the book doesn't focus so much on the resurrection it does ends with a salvation message of how Jesus is the greatest treasure we could ever find.  It uses John 3:16 to share how Jesus was sent to take the punishment for our sins on the cross and because of that we can be forgiven.  They express how this is a gift that can not be earned.  I really liked that part of the book.

I also loved the eggs themselves.  They are a solid and durable and glow really well.  Being able to put bible verse scrolls in them makes them even better.  It certainly is a fun way to change things up and I know they will be a big hit with any kid!  They sure were with my crew!

Right now they are offering a sale for Easter! The Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs and the The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Book can be purchased for $9.99 each.
If you miss the sale, the regular prices are:
Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs $11.99
The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Book $12.99 
The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Audio Book Download $2.99
Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls $4.29
The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Program Guide $14.99
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