Our family has been busy preparing for Easter all week!
Easter baskets. Check.
Candy to fill the baskets. Check.
Easter dresses and tights. Check.
Sunday suits and ties. Check.
But sometimes, in the hustle and bustle, we can forget what Easter is all about, and what it really is that we are celebrating. In our family, Easter is not about the Easter bunny, or the yummy Cadbury eggs (though they are incredible!). It’s not about getting dressed up for church in spring colored outfits, or eating a large meal as a family. What we celebrate at Easter is that Christ is Risen!
And therefore, when I saw this easy Resurrection Rolls recipe pop up in my Facebook feed, I immediately printed it off and added it to my list of activities to do this week. My kids are young–ages 5 and 3– and I knew that this would help solidify in their minds what Easter is really all about.
So, if you’d like to refocus your kids’ minds and hearts on the real thing we celebrate at Easter, I encourage you to make these Resurrection rolls this weekend too.
To make these simple Resurrection Rolls, all you need is:
– One can of Crescent roll dough
– 8 large marshmallows (one for each roll you’ll be making)
– melted butter
– cinnamon sugar
Here are some simple instructions, though you can change the details to fit the ages and maturity of your kids:
1. Preheat the oven to 350. (Talk about how things were “heating up” with the people who didn’t like Jesus. The Pharisees didn’t like how people were following Him instead of them. They didn’t like how Jesus thought radically and confronted their legalism, etc.)
2. Hand the children each a marshmallow. (Talk about how this represents Jesus’ body that was perfect. He was without sin, spot, or blemish. He was white. Then read John 19:1-37 and talk about how Jesus was arrested, flogged, and then put to death.)
3. Melt the butter and roll the marshmallows in the melted butter. (This symbolizes how Jesus’ body was taken down from the cross, and covered in the embalming oils before his burial.)
4. Then roll the marshmallows in cinnamon sugar. (Read John 19:38-40 and talk about the spices that were used to prepare his body for burial.)
5. Unroll the crescent rolls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (Explain that these represent the cloth that Jesus’s body was wrapped in. Talk about how heavy the strips would have been.)
6. Wrap the marshmallow in the crescent roll “cloth,” pinching the dough together securely. (This represents how they would have wrapped Jesus’ body.)
7. Put the rolls in the oven and bake for 12 minutes. (Read more from John 19:41-42 and talk about how his body was placed in a tomb. Talk about what it might have looked like. Talk about the stone that was rolled in front of the entrance. Talk about the guards that were standing there so that no one could take his body.)
8. While the rolls are baking, read John 20:1-18. As soon as the timer goes off, open the tomb and remove the rolls. When they are cool enough to handle, break one open and discover what happened to the marshmallow!
JESUS IS RISEN! HAPPY EASTER!