I’m sure you’ve seen or heard of Resurrection Rolls. They’re definitely not something unique I made up. However, I did think they were a perfect tool for illustrating the excitement that the women must have felt when they saw the empty tomb!
I used the directions for these Resurrection Rolls that I found at Grandparents Plus. The directions Phyllis gave were easy to understand, but I did change just a couple things- that’s just the way I am. I have a hard time leaving recipes alone! I used less butter, since I ended up with a lot left over. I also used a bit less sugar.
What You Need (for 8 Resurrection Rolls):
- One Can of Crescent Rolls
- 8 Marshmallows
- 2 Tbsp. of Butter
- 1 Tbsp. Cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp. Sugar
- Muffin tin
- At least one Handy Helper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
Melt the butter in another small bowl.
Unroll and separate the crescent rolls.
Have your handy little helpers roll each marshmallow in butter, then roll it in cinnamon sugar, and finally place it on a crescent roll.
Roll the marshmallows up tight inside the crescent rolls. Make sure there aren’t any opening in the rolls.
You can either place the rolls into a lightly greased muffin tin as they are, which I did with half. Or, what I did with the other half- since I had so much butter and cinnamon sugar left- is roll each of the rolls in the butter and then the cinnamon sugar and then place them in the muffin tin. This makes them pretty darn sweet, but they’re tasty.
I recommend placing them with the seams down in the tin.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.
While the Resurrection Rolls are baking, read the story of the resurrection. Because my kiddos are 2 and 4, we used a children’s Bible. We briefly went over the last few days leading up to Jesus’ death. Then we read about the women finding the empty tomb. It was a joy to see Miss Magoo’s face light up, at finding that Jesus had risen! We briefly talked about sin and how Jesus paid the price for our sin, and that by choosing to follow Him we can have eternal life. This all took about 10 minutes, so perfect before the timer went off!
Once the Resurrection Rolls are finished, I would recommend taking them out of the muffin tin before they get too cooled off. I found that several of our rolls that had seams on the top had oozed out of the tops, which is why I recommend making sure the seams are down.
Finally, cut off (or take a bite out of) the end of one of the Resurrection Rolls, and you will see that the inside is hollow. My kids kept laughing and saying, “The tomb is empty!” They even told their dad that when he came home!
What are your favorite activities to do with your kids to teach them about the true meaning of Easter?
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