make an ACTUAL connection between marshmallows and Jesus: resurrection rolls

This is how I like things told: simple, visually and to-the-point. It also pays off when it tastes yummy. These are an easy wonderful way to share the story of Easter with your children. From my wonderful friend, Ashley Dancer over at The Heart of a Dancer

I was pretty excited when I realized that there there was no school on Good Friday this year.  Don’t get me wrong, a day off from our normal morning routine is always welcome, but I was so glad to have a day with my kids to really focus on Easter and what we were are celebrating before all the business of the weekend takes over.

We have made Resurrection Rolls every year, and this year was no exception so we started the morning off with an old favorite. I have included a short tutorial below in case these are new to you!
First, you need to gather your ingredients: 1 can of refrigerator crescent rolls, marshmallows, melted butter or margarine and cinnamon/sugar mix.
Roll the marshmallow in the melted butter and then in the cinnamon sugar mix.  Explain that the marshmallow represents the body of Christ being prepared and anointed with oils & spices.
Next, place the marshmallow onto 1 section of the dough and wrap it tight to represent Christ’s body being wrapped in fine linens before being placed into the tomb.
(I let the kids wrap their own, but then went back and tried to pinch together all the seams, so the marshmallow wouldn’t leak out.)
You then place your prepared rolls into the tomb (oven) and bake according to the directions on the package.
Finally, remove from oven, let cool and break open to reveal the tomb is empty and Christ is Risen!
This is a really quick & easy way to show young kids the story of Easter and we love it. Our rolls took about 12 minutes to bake, so I read the Easter story from the Gospel of Mark while we waited for them to finish. Logan is still a little young for this, but Max is plenty old enough to sit still for a few minutes and think about the true meaning of Easter. I hope you find the time to do this project with your kidlets this weekend!
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