One of my favorite thing about teaching Children’s church and Sunday School is being able to see the “light bulb” in a child’s mind illuminate once he or she grasps a concept that we are discussing. I’ve discovered that many kids relate to object lessons. Resurrection Rolls are my go-to object lesson for Easter and the empty tomb. They also double as a treat for the kids, which they definitely enjoy. I always like to hear the collective gasp from the kids when we bake the Resurrection Rolls and the “tomb” is empty. Today I’m sharing how to make resurrection rolls for Easter, as well as the ways to discuss the ingredients to small kids to provide the object lesson for the resurrection and empty tomb. This can be done for a group in children’s church or as a family.
- 1 roll of crescent roll dough
- Large marshmallows
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- a little less than 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
There’s more than one angle when discussing Resurrection Rolls in conjunction with your Sunday School or Children’s Church lesson. We used this for kids in the 4-6 age range.
Have each child wash their hands.
Mix the cinnamon and sugar.
Hold up a marshmallow and explain to the kids that the marshmallow represents Jesus. The white color represents His purity and sinless nature.
After being crucified, Jesus was prepared for burial. At this time, have the children take turns rolling their marshmallow in the butter and then the sugar mixture.
Jesus was then placed in the tomb and the stone was rolled in front of the entrance, sealing Him in the tomb.
Have the kids place their marshmallow in the center of one of the crescent roll triangles. Fold the crescent roll dough around the marshmallow, and roll the dough in your hand until it forms a ball.
Make sure that the kids do not have any slits or openings in the dough.
Place the rolls on a baking sheet that is covered with aluminum foil. The aluminum foil is crucial! Skip it and you might spend your Easter afternoon in the fellowship hall kitchen scrubbing a pan.
Bake for about 10 minutes. Keep watch on the rolls. They are finished cooking when they turn a golden color (much like the crescent rolls would if you were baking them normally). The marshmallow may melt out of the roll, and that’s okay.
Let the rolls cool completely before handing them to the kids. Tell them to crack open the “tomb” and see if Jesus is still in the tomb. Even if the kiddos have done this before, they will still be pleasantly surprised to see that the tomb is empty.
Our kids loved this for Easter! Personally, as a family, we have made these twice more since Easter at home. The triplets not only think that they are tasty, but they also are surprised each time that they marshmallow has disappeared.
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