I love Easter and it’s so nice to find a way to make it more meaningful. I want our boys to know what Easter is all about. I want them to understand the Passover and that because of a perfect mans willing sacrifice of his own life, death will only be a sting in the eternal journey of a continued life. He concurred death so that we can too defeat the grave and be free. I started searching online for something I could cook up with an analogy. This was the best thing I could find for explaining the resurrection to a 4 and 5 year old. It went well and the boys really seemed to understand and grasp onto the meaning. Not to mention they were delicious and made the house smell TANTALIZING!
I copied the recipe from here: http://growinggourmets.blogspot.com/2011/04/resurrection-rolls-resurrection-cookies.html
She has some great pictures of the whole process too. However, when I made them I used crescent rolls.
1 can of refrigerated biscuits (crescents)
1 package of large marshmallows, (must be fresh; stale ones won’t work)
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Melt butter in a microwavable bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.
Have the children each take a marshmallow. Jesus was pure and sinless which is represented by the white marshmallow.
Now have the children roll the marshmallow in the butter. After Jesus died on the cross, they anointed his body with oil.
Next, roll the marshmallow in the cinnamon sugar mixture. This represents the spices that were put on Jesus’ body before they placed him in the tomb.
Take one biscuit and flatten it with your fingers. Wrap the biscuit around the marshmallow and seal it very carefully. Make sure it completely sealed. Jesus was placed in the tomb and they rolled a large stone in front of it to seal it.
Roll the ball of dough in the cinnamon sugar mixture and place it on the cookie sheet. Be sure and place them, seal side down, so the marshmallow doesn’t expand and puff out the top.
Bake the biscuit tombs in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until browned on the outside. Remind the children that Jesus was sealed up in the tomb for three days.
Finally, remove the biscuits from the oven. Let cool slightly and encourage them to break open the tomb. Where is Jesus? He has risen! The rolls taste sweet. Easter is a sweet time because Christ died for us and then three days after the cross, he arose so that we also can have a new life in Him!