Another favorite family Easter idea – Resurrection Rolls

I’ve been doing this delicious food activity/hands-on-lesson with my children since they were toddlers.  It’s a great picture of the empty tomb, and they’re pretty delicious too!  We usually make these the week of Easter, and then I’ll often pop some in the oven for Easter morning.  Hope you enjoy~

{PS: There’s also a link to a darling new thing circling the internet this year – chocolate covered Peeps – at the end of this post.}

This is a fun activity we do each Easter season to remind us of the incredible miracle of Jesus’ resurrection and the new life we have through Him. Even though our children are older, they are still looking forward to making these favorite Easter treats.

What you will need:

1 pkg. crescent rolls (Or canned biscuits)
1 large marshmallow for each crescent roll
½ cup butter, melted
Cinnamon /Sugar mixture
Depending upon the age of your children, read or teach through Matthew 26-27. Then start this activity.

1. Preheat the oven to 350.

2. Hand everyone a crescent roll triangle or biscuit. (The dough represents the tomb.)

3. Give everyone a marshmallow. (Representing Jesus.)

4. Dip the marshmallows in melted butter. (Representing the embalming oils.)

5. Dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon sugar. (Representing the spices used to anoint Jesus’ body.)

6. Wrap the marshmallow tightly in the crescent roll. Seal it well. (just as Jesus was tightly sealed in the tomb.)

7. Place the rolls in the oven for 10-12 minutes. (Representing the time Jesus was burried in the tomb.)

While the rolls are cooking and cooling, read/teach through Matthew 28:1-10.

8. Let the rolls cool completely. When the rolls have cooled, slice your roll open. The marshmellow is no longer there – just as Jesus is no longer in the tomb – HE IS RISEN!!
His story continues: After that Jesus appeared in person to Peter, then to the 12 disciples and after that, to more than 500 people. Jesus’ appearance to eyewitnesses, those who saw Him with their own eyes, would give support and prove that Jesus rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).

By rising from the dead, Jesus proved once and for all that He IS the Messiah, the Savior of the World, the Chosen One, and the Lamb of God. By dying on the cross and rising from the dead, Jesus did what no other had ever done before. As both God and man, He overcame sin, death, and hell.

And now because of what Jesus has done, these things no longer have any power over those who believe in Jesus and allow His Spirit to lead and direct them. Rather than being slaves to sin and death, Christians ( those who love and believe in Jesus) are free to obey God and do good ( Romans 6:17-18). The Bible says in John 8:36, “If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.”

With a grateful heart for what Jesus did for me/us, and Praising Jesus for Life and Freedom through Him… and praying that you’ll experience His grace in an abundant way this Easter season… and always with love,

{And click here for this cute idea.}

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  1. Smelling Coffee says:

    It is… and it's something people won't quickly forget. 🙂

  2. What a tasty way to tell the resurrection story.