I gotta pat myself on the back for today. I made it to the 5 yo’s doctor appointment looking really reasonable – borderline good, if I do say so myself! AND I had to leave the house at 8:50am. So, that’s an accomplishment. Granted I’m awake by 5am so, it’s really not, but…IT IS!
So, Monday night is family night in our house. Since Easter is coming up this weekend, I thought we’d have a little object lesson on the Resurrection. So, we made these little Resurrection Rolls. If you haven’t made these, they’re divine! (Pun intended) You HAVE to try them. It’s a super simple lesson that drives home the point for the littles and they taste so good.
So, all you have to do is grab a can of those jumbo crescent rolls from the store. (I was totally going to make my own today since Monday is our bread baking day, but with that Dr appt and needing to go to the store anyway, I knew it wasn’t happening. …next time!) You also need some marshmallows. Get the big ones. Melt some butter and mix about a quarter cup of sugar with a tablespoon of cinnamon in a separate bowl.
Before you do all this, it may help you to read over the Resurrection story in the New Testament. You can find it in Matthew 27-28, Mark 15-16, Luke 23-24, and John 19-20. I think most people tend to prefer the story in Luke, but you can choose whichever one you want. I’m not judgey. Doing this ahead of time would keep you less frazzled. Choose verses that apply to what’s going on with the rolls and help you keep the story simple for little kids. Or you can just tell the story. Whatever.
Now, if you can keep from being too big of a frazzled slob at the grocery store and actually buy the crescent rolls instead of regular biscuits, you can save the step of your hubby rolling out the biscuit dough for you while you hold the fussy baby.
Oh yeah, don’t forget to preheat the oven. 375.
Now, unroll the the crescent rolls (or sweetly ask your hubby to grab the rolling pin and flatten the biscuits you bought, which he’ll lovingly do with a smile) and set them aside.
Then start telling the story. Grab a marshmallow and roll it around in the butter. I like to do this part myself since the butter is hot and the 5 yo is sure to find a way to burn himself.
While I’m rolling it around in the butter I explain that the Marshmallow represents Jesus’ body and after he died, his friends lovingly and reverently wrapped his body in linen, myrrh and aloes. (Matt 27:59 and John 19:29) I point out the part about it being done lovingly and reverently so the kids will follow suit and we can hope to not have cinnamon and sugar all over the house. Then I put the buttered marshmallow into the bowl of cinnamon and sugar and let one child roll it around.
When Hubby is finished happily rolling out my dough, he takes the marshmallow and places it inside. The dough is the tomb. He then carefully rolls the marshmallow up inside and seals it shut, making sure the marshmallow cannot escape. At this point I talk about the guards that were placed outside the tomb to ensure that nobody could remove Jesus’ body. I remind the children that Jesus said he would be resurrected on the third day after his death. His adversaries feared one of his friends would steal his body away to make it look like he had been resurrected. So, guards were placed outside the tomb. (Matt 27:62-66)
You can see on this picture that our tombs weren’t sealed up tight enough and the marshmallow escaped on a few. Be sure you seal them up!
Then, because it’s delicious, we dip the top of the roll in the butter and into the cinnamon sugar mixture and place it into a muffin tin with the cinnamon side up. Repeat for all the biscuits and put them in the oven for around 13 minutes. The package said 11-15. 13 worked for me.
At this point, I showed a little video about the resurrection. I like this one for little kids if they’re not ready for the details about the cross.
Then, once they’ve baked and cooled a bit, I let the kids open one up and see if Jesus is still inside the tomb. And, since the marshmallow has melted into a delicious buttery sweet goo all over the inside of that biscuit, the tomb now appears to be empty. This delights the children and you can happily eat your biscuits together, feeling good that even a frazzled slob can pull together a pretty good family night Easter object lesson.
That’s a picture of the finished product. You can see the tomb is empty on that one. I made these twice and still forgot to take pictures of the process the second time. Are you surprised?!