As we get closer to Easter I’m looking for tools to teach the greatest story of all to to my kids which is why I LOVE these Resurrection Rolls. I saw them last year on the genius kid’s blog Oh Amanda and immediately decided we’d make them too.
Explaining to an adult that Jesus was crucified and rose again is tricky. How do you talk to a child about the cross, his death, the tomb and his resurrection? One great way is making these Resurrection Rolls for breakfast on Easter Morning. It’s two simple ingredients: crescent rolls and marshmallows. Yes, it’s not ideal that a marshmallow represents my Savior but it is a great tool to teach your kids about the tomb and Jesus being gone.
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Resurrection Rolls Lesson
John 20: 10 Then the other disciple, the one who had gotten there first, went into the tomb, took one look at the evidence, and believed. No one yet knew from the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. The disciples then went back home.
Tube of crescent rolls
Bag of large marshmallows
Resurrection Rolls Directions and Resurrection Rolls Story
- Unroll the tube of rolls and break into triangles.
- Have your kids wrap a marshmallow in each piece of dough and roll into a roll.
Talk about this Scripture where they place Jesus in the tomb. Ask your kids how He must have felt and if they’ve ever had a time where they knew they were right and yet you felt they were naughty so accused them. Ask how it made them feel and then talk about how Jesus did nothing wrong.
3. Add the rolls to the oven per the directions and bake.
4. Remove the rolls and allow to cool before asking your kids to try them. Isaac was pretty confused when he looked inside and realized that the marshmallow was gone.
5. This is a good opportunity to read the rest of the story where Mary is also confused.
John 20: 11- 18 But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she knelt to look into the tomb and saw two angels sitting there, dressed in white, one at the head, the other at the foot of where Jesus’ body had been laid. They said to her, “Woman, why do you weep?”
“They took my Master,” she said, “and I don’t know where they put him.” After she said this, she turned away and saw Jesus standing there. But she didn’t recognize him.
Jesus spoke to her, “Woman, why do you weep? Who are you looking for?”
She, thinking that he was the gardener, said, “Mister, if you took him, tell me where you put him so I can care for him.”
Jesus said, “Mary.”
Turning to face him, she said in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” meaning “Teacher!”
Jesus said, “Don’t cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I ascend to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went, telling the news to the disciples: “I saw the Master!” And she told them everything he said to her.
* At this point it’s great to encourage them to tell someone about it like a friend or family member. Isaac gets so giddy about sharing, “Jesus is alive!” with his Buds and this gives them an easy way to do it.
For more Easter ideas please see my post 50+ Easter ideas.
Enjoy the Resurrection Rolls, how does your family celebrate Easter?
You may also like to do these Hot Cross Buns or Good Friday to teach your kids about the cross.