Monday, March 04, 2013

Easter ideas (1): Resurrection Rolls

This is something we did with Aiden last year to help him understand the idea that Jesus is Risen.  We will do it again this year, because we want to continue to point our children to the true meaning of Easter.

Resurrection Rolls

1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
8 large marshmallows (one for each roll)
1/4 c. melted butter
ground cinnamon
white sugar
Bible or Children's Easter story book - while waiting for the oven to preheat, you can read John 19 to your children.

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1.  Open and unroll the crescent dough.  This is like the cloths that they wrapped Jesus in.

2.  Take the marshmallows.  These symbolize Jesus, who was pure and white because he had no sin. 

3.  Dip each marshmallow in butter.  The butter is like the oils that they covered Jesus with.

4. Now, roll the marshmallow in the cinnamon/sugar mixture.  These are like the spices used to prepare his body for burial. 

5.  Next, take each marshmallow and place it in the middle of the crescent roll. Then wrap the roll around the marshmallow, sealing it tight.  This symbolizes the way they wrapped Jesus in cloths before putting Him in the tomb. 

6.  Finally, place the rolls on a baking sheet and put in the oven, which represents the tomb.  Bake for the amount of time on the crescent roll can. 

7.  While they are baking, read the story of Jesus' resurrection from John 20: 1-18. 

8.  Open the oven (the tomb) and remove the rolls.  After sufficient time to allow them to cool, allow your child to crack one open to see what has happened.  The marshmallow is not there - Jesus is Risen and alive! 
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