As I sit down to write about Easter, I have one of my favorite old hymns going through my head “Christ the Lord is risen today…. hallelujah.” I feel like Easter is a much harder concept for kids to grasp than Christmas. The idea of our savior born in a manger surrounded by shepherds and animals and even angels seems like a beautiful concept for even my 4 year old to wrap her head around. BUT, the idea of our Savior being nailed to a cross, hung and then buried in a tomb only to rise 3 days later is much more complicated.
One of my favorite things to do with my kids around Easter is to make Resurrection Rolls. I first heard about this through my favorite mama’s group, MOPS. It’s a powerful and simple way to illustrate Jesus’ miraculous rise from the dead…but in a way my kids can wrap their heads around. It’s basically rolls with marshmallows wrapped inside. Once baked, they “disappear,” leaving the role (aka the tomb) empty. When they come out of the oven, my kids LOVE to break them open and see that the marshmallow is gone!
As we make them, we talk about why Jesus died and what it means to us. For us. Ok! So here is that recipe which you can find here or see below:
1 (10oz) can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
8 large marshmallows
¼ cup melted butter
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons white sugar
*Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet or line it with foil (less clean up!)
*Separate crescent rolls into individual triangles
*In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon & sugar
*Dip a marshmallow into the melted butter, then roll in sugar mixture. Place marshmallow into the center of a dough triangle. Carefully wrap the dough around the marshmallow. Pinch the seams together tightly to seal in marshmallow as it melts. Place on a baking sheet.
*Bake until golden brown. Approx. 15 minutes.
And I know it’s a little late (but thank you Lord for Amazon prime!) one other Easter tradition that has helped bring the message home to my kids are Resurrection Eggs, which you can find here and here (and many other places).
This brilliant carton of plastic eggs comes with a book explaining what happened to Jesus. As you read each excerpt, the book instructs the kids to open a specific egg, which has a tiny symbolic trinket in it. My kids love this tradition and it’s another beautiful way to teach and talk about the death and resurrection with your littles.
I also love making and decorating sugar cookies and, of course, dying Easter eggs. What about you? What are some of your favorite Easter traditions? Comment below! I would love to hear and get more ideas too!! Whatever they are and wherever you find yourself this Easter, remember that the reason we celebrate is to honor God’s promise to us. Because we are not perfect, but rather perfectly unfinished, we have God’s grace and love to complete us.
Happy Easter sweet friends!