I am always looking for a simple way to share the true meaning of Easter with my kiddos. It’s not about the egg hunt or the Easter bunny, but about Christ and his crucifixion and resurrection. The story of Jesus’ resurrection can be a lot for a young child to comprehend (even some adults too!), these Cinnamon Sugar Resurrection Rolls are a perfect interactive way to tell the story and also enjoy a delicious treat together at the end.
Gather your bible and ingredients and set up to begin.
While the oven is preheating gather up the kiddos and read John 19. Hand each kiddo a marshmallow and explain how it represents Jesus.
Dip the Marshmallow into the melted butter and then roll into the cinnamon and sugar. This represents after Jesus died, two of his followers anointed his body with spices. The cinnamon sugar represents those spices.
Roll the marshmallows up into the crescent rolls and seal the edges. This represent Jesus being left in the tomb.
Bake the “tombs” according to package directions. The marshmallows will melt. Remove and cool. When cooled call children back to table to eat their roll.
The marshamallow will have melted and when they break open the tomb it will be empty. Jesus is Risen! Enjoy your rolls together while reading John chapter 20.
- 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
- 8 large marshmallows
- 2 Tbs melted butter
- 3 Tbs sugar
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to temperature indicated on crescent roll package. While oven is preheating read John 19
- Divide roll of dough along perforations to make 8 triangles. Combine cinnamon and sugar in a bowl. Melt butter in another bowl.
- Give each child a marshmallow and explain that the marshmallow will represent Jesus
- Have them dip their marshmallow into the melted butter and then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat. Explain how after Jesus died, two of his followers anointed his body with spices (John 19:40) The Cinnamon sugar represent those spices.
- Jesus' followers then put Him in a tomb (19:42). Have them place a marshmallow on the short side of each dough triangle and roll up and tuck down the tip and pinch the seams to seal. Each roll represents the tomb.
- Place the rolls on a baking sheet and bake according to crescent roll directions. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- The marshmallows will have melted and disappeared during baking. Allow the children to break open the tomb (roll) and discover that the body of Jesus is no longer there. He has risen!
- Read John 20 while enjoying your delicious rolls!