Looking for something FUN and MEANINGFUL to do on Easter weekend?
Growing up, my family had a tradition of making resurrection rolls on Easter and I’ve carried it on with my kids. They are DELICIOUS and can help aid in teaching young kids about the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Here’s what you need:
Melted butter (~2 tbsp)
Cinnamon sugar (~2 tbsp)
Here’s what to do:
Preheat the oven to 375°. While it’s preheating, it’s a great time to read the story of Jesus’s death. We read from the @jesus_storybook_bible (page 302 – The Sun Stops Shining) or you can read John 19.
Roll out and separate the crescent rolls on a cookie sheet (parchment paper makes for easy clean up!).
Take a marshmallow and roll it in the melted butter and then the cinnamon sugar. Explain that the marshmallow represents Jesus’s body and the butter and sugar represent the oils and spices that Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus used, along with strips of linen, to prepare Jesus’s body for burial (a traditional Jewish burial custom).
Wrap the marshmallow up in the crescent roll. Be sure to pinch the roll together tightly (it won’t work if there are any holes in the roll). Explain that this is like the tomb Jesus’s body was placed in.
After you’ve wrapped up each marshmallow, place the tray in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes (until golden brown). This is a good time to read the story of the Resurrection. We read page 310 (God’s Wonderful Surprise) or you can read John 20:1-20. When finished baking, take the rolls out, let them cool, and break them open. Where’s Jesus’s body??? It’s gone! He is risen!
I’d love to hear if you do this with your family or if you have other Easter traditions.