Christian concepts can sometimes be a lot for little minds to process, especially when we’re talking about Easter and the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. (It’s hard sometimes to get past it being just about Easter eggs for this holiday.) That’s why I always love to find a great craft or cooking project to share with kids to help them visualize and understand these difficult concepts.
My aunt Wanda knows that Ella and I love to pair books and stories with cooking projects, so she shared the information about these resurrection rolls with me. So, I made them on Good Friday with my daughter (7) and my niece (9).
I was worried that this Easter project might be a little basic for their age ranges and the “magic miracle” at the end might be lost on them. However, they actually ended up loving it and were even surprised at the “magic” that happened at the end. (The “miracle magic” is simply that the marshmallow melts, but the crescent roll stays “puffed” so that when you cut into it the inside “tomb” of the roll is empty — just like when Jesus arose from the dead!)
Before making the recipe, we discussed the meaning of Good Friday and Easter. Then, I read the Easter story from our Children’s Bible Story Book. I particularly like this book because, even though it’s a children’s Bible, it’s not babyish. It’s just simple and direct and can be enjoyed by all ages.
When making these “tomb” rolls, I walked the kids through the first one and told the story as I assembled it. (Directions in the recipe below.) Then, I allowed the kids to make the others, retelling the story to me as they made their rolls.
Resurrection Rolls to Help Illustrate Easter for Kids
- 1 package refrigerated crescent dough (NOTE: Make sure you get the classic dough that can be separated into triangles.)
- 1 bag of large marshmallows
- ½ cup of butter, melted
- ¾ cup of sugar
- 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a muffin tin pan and set aside.
- Place the melted butter in a small bowl.
- Mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a separate small bowl.
- Unroll the crescent dough and separate into the triangles (along the dough perforations). Explain that the dough represents the tomb that they put Jesus into after his crucifixion.
- Next, hold up a white marshmallow and explain that it represents Jesus. Roll the marshmallow in butter and then in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Explain that it represents the oils and spices that was rubbed on Jesus after his death before they placed him in the tomb.
- Place the marshmallow onto a dough triangle near the larger end. Wrap each side of the dough up and over the marshmallow and explain that the dough represents the tomb where they buried Jesus. Roll the dough in your hands until all of the marshmallow is covered and sealed.
- Dip the rolled dough in butter and then dip in the cinnamon/sugar mixture and place in the greased muffin tin.
- Repeat until all of the dough has been used.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Allow to cool then cut the "tomb" (rolls) down the middle. Before cutting, ask if the kids remember what happened on the third day (or why we celebrate Easter). Remind them that when they went to the tomb where Jesus was buried, the tomb was empty because Jesus rose. Cut through the roll and show the kids how the "tomb" is now empty.
Children’s Easter Books Great to Pair with Resurrection Rolls
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