The truth is, Easter is not about chocolate bunnies and jelly beans and it is not about the Easter Bunny. It is not about cotton tails and hunting for candy filled plastic eggs in the backyard. Easter is the day that Jesus rose up from the dead.
I am sure we can all agree, it is far more fun to spend Easter decorating and hunting for colorful eggs, but those of us who want our children to know the biblical meaning have to find ways to teach them what Easter signifies. It's a sad and grisly story, and can be a terrifying tale for children to hear, when told from beginning to end, but it is not just about the horrible death of Jesus.
The biblical version of Easter is a story of rejoicing and resurrection. It is a day to celebrate! Our Savior is alive!
Kids learn best by doing. We can tell the story over and over again, but showing and telling - and involving our children in the process - will help ingrain the story into their minds. We all know that, but, in theory, it is great. Often, we forget to practice it, though.
Baking is a way to involve children while telling them and showing them. Here are a couple of ways to show your kids the story of Easter with baking that will not only be educational, but also fun!
In the first Easter baking lesson, we will make my favorite recipe, Resurrection Cookies. It is my favorite, because there are a variety of tastes that your children will experience to symbolize the story of the Resurrection of Jesus. In the second recipe, the Resurrection Rolls are easier to make and better probably for the younger children, because they will get immediate gratification from the recipe, while Resurrection Cookies require a much longer wait.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO START THE RESURRECTION COOKIES BEFORE BED, the night before Easter. You will understand why at the end of the recipe. Leave about an hour and a half before bedtime so there is time to read the Bible passages.
Resurrection Cookies Recipe
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What You Will Need:
- 1 can refrigerated crescent roll dough
- 8 large marshmallows
- melted butter (in a bowl)
- 1/4 c. cinnamon
- 1/4 c. sugar
Now, for the lesson:
1) Give each child an unfolded, triangle-shaped crescent roll from the crescent roll container. Explain to the kids how this symbolizes the tomb.
2) Give each child one marshmallow. This represents the body of Christ.
3) Mix the cinnamon and sugar in a bowl. Have the kids dip their marshmallow in the butter and then roll it in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. This symbolizes the oils and spices Jesus' body was anointed with upon burial.
4) Lay each marshmallow on top of a triangular piece of dough and wrap the dough around the marshmallow. This symbolizes putting Jesus in the tomb.
5) Pinch seams of the dough together well. (You do not want the marshmallow to "ooze" out of the holes)
6) Bake according to package directions.
Jesus' body is no longer there!! Discuss the resurrection with your children.
Celebrate the love of Jesus by eating the treat you just made.
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