Today is the last day of our Everything Easter Egg-stravaganza. We have shared a lot of fun Easter ideas to help simplify your Easter celebrations from Recipes , Traditions, egg hunt ideas to what to put inside those plastic eggs. If you did not get a chance to check in daily be sure to scroll down and catch up on all the helpful Easter ideas and enter to WIN one of the daily giveaways, we will be choosing the winners on Monday April 13th, 2009.
Today we have two simple ideas to use in sharing the Easter story with your children along with another fun kid friendly giveaway.
Recipes to Explain the Easter Story
By Nancy Peterson
Bunnies, baskets, and eggs, Oh my…
Want to explain Easter to your children in a creative way? Nothing against the Easter Bunny, but I want my kids to understand the true meaning of Easter. My sister uses a cookie recipe to explain what happened during the death and resurrection of Jesus. Even though I loved her tradition, my kids were too little to grasp the whole concept of dying on the cross. So I focus mainly on Sunday morning when the tomb was empty. The following is the recipe I use to explain what took place Easter morning. We insert a marshmallow, “close” the tomb (dough) and after it bakes the bun is empty/hollow just like the tomb. It gets the meaning across in a fun and yummy way. My sister’s recipe is a bit more detailed, but her kids look forward to making them every year. Whatever you chose, make a meaningful memory that your children will enjoy. Happy Easter!!
RESURRECTION BUNS (my tradition)
1 package Rhodes frozen Rolls
24 large marshmallows
¼ cup (1/2 stick) melted butter or margarine
½ cup sugar mixed with ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Thaw 24 rolls. Flatten each roll to about 3” in diameter. Place a large marshmallow in the center of the dough and pinch dough together to seal the marshmallow inside. Roll between the palms of your hands into the size of golf ball. Dip in the melted butter, then roll in the cinnamon-sugar and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet spaced apart evenly. Let rise until double in size (30-60 minutes). Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the cookie sheet and cool on a wire rack.
The marshmallow will disappear just like the tomb Jesus was placed in. It’s empty and He’s alive.
RESURRECTION COOKIES (my sister’s tradition)
Read the whole recipe before beginning…try to do together Saturday night before Easter Sunday.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Ingredients: You need:
1 cup whole pecans Mixing bowl
3 egg whites Wooden spoon
1 cup sugar Bible
1 tsp. vinegar Zipper baggie
1 pinch of salt Waxed paper
Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3
Let child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30
Add egg whites to the vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11
Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27
So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 11-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3
Fold in broken nuts. Drop by tsp. onto waxed paper-covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matthew 27:65-66
Put cookie sheet in the oven. Close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65:66
GO TO BED
Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22
On Resurrection Morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie! Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Resurrection Day, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9
HE HAS RISEN!! HALLELUJAH!!
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I have never made the rolls! We will try that! We have made the cookies! I twittered it for you 😛
My little artist would love the Powder Art!
THANK YOU for all the wonderful Easter recipes, art projects, giveaways, and especially all the hard work you put into everything. I had lots of fun. I'm going to make your Resurrection Rolls & your sister's Resurrection Cookies – what great ideas to explain Easter to children! Also, I received the 1-2-3 Organize Child's Room Book and Affresh on Wed. Thanks again. HAPPY EASTER TO YOU & YOURS and TO YOUR READERS!