In the last blog post, I showed you the Easter events going on in Montgomery County. Today, we are going to go over two great Easter activities that you can do with children. No, it is not dying eggs or visiting the Easter bunny. These Easter activities point to Jesus, who is the reason for this celebration.
Resurrection Eggs are a set of twelve different colored, plastic eggs. Instead of candy, each one is filled with something from the Easter account in the Bible. It could be a tiny donkey, coins, whip, cross, and more. Once the children find the eggs, they open them to find the contents. Then the Resurrection Eggs set has a storybook to go over the meaning of each symbol. It is a great way to prepare your children’s hearts to celebrate Christ’s resurrection.
In my own personal home, I would do this every year on the Saturday before Easter Sunday. My children used to love to find the Resurrection eggs I hid all over the living area of my house. I had many children so I would assign them a number of eggs that they could find to ensure that each child had some eggs in their basket. Once all twelve eggs had been found, I would ask them to put the symbols in chronological order. This really made them think. As soon as they decided as a group, then we went over the Easter story checking their answers. It did not matter to me whether they got them all right. Regardless, they learned and understood, as much as each of their ages would allow, what Jesus did and why we celebrate Resurrection Day.
These rolls are a fun activity to do with children, especially if you don’t mind a small mess in your kitchen. Again, as you make them, you can talk about the symbolism of each ingredient. In a short time, they can feast on the empty tomb rolls.
Here is how you make them. You need a roll of crescent rolls, large marshmallows, melted butter, cinnamon, and sugar. First open the roll of crescent rolls and carefully lay out each roll individually. It should be a triangle. The dough symbolizes the burial cloths used around Jesus’ body. In a small bowl, combine the spices. These represent the spices used for burial. Then in another small bowl, melt butter. This represents embalming oils. Take one marshmallow and dip it first into the butter and then into the cinnamon and sugar mixture. The large, white marshmallow symbolizes Jesus. It is white for His purity since He died without sin. Now place the spiced marshmallow in the middle of the crescent dough triangle and carefully wrap it. Cover it completely.
Place the rolls on a greased baking dish. Use a toothpick or knife to make a cross on top of the dough. It is a superficial cut; don’t cut the roll open. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. The oven plays an important role in this activity because it symbolizes the tomb. Bake uncovered for 10-12 minutes. When you enjoy these warm rolls, you will notice that “Jesus” is gone. Making Resurrection Rolls is a delicious and fun activity that creates a great visual of the resurrection for children.
Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ! Our Savior lives! These two Easter activities point children to Christ and help them understand why we really celebrate. I hope you enjoy them.