I didn't want this week to pass, however without some reflection on the upcoming Resurrection Sunday. I recently came upon some great Resurrection themed snack activities that I had not previously seen (with thanks to some friends and fellow RWAV reader).
The first is in an Easter Story Cookie Recipe (thanks Leighann).
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Place pecans in a zipper bag let the children beat the bag with a spoon to break the pecans into pieces. (After JESUS was arrested, the Roman soldiers beat him. - John 19:1-3)
Let the children smell and/or taste the vinegar Put the vinegar into a mixing bowl. (When JESUS was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. - John 19:28-30)
Add egg whites to the vinegar. (The egg whites represent life. Jesus gave His life for us. - John 10:10-11)
Sprinkle a little salt in each child's hand, and let them taste it. Put the 1/8 teaspoon salt into the bowl. (The salt represents the salty tears that were shed by JESUS followers and the bitterness of our sins. - Luke 23:27)
Add sugar. (The sweetness part of this story is that JESUS died because he loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. - Psalm 34:8 & John 3:16)
Beat with mixer on high for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks form. (The color white represents the purity of those whose sins have been cleansed by JESUS.)
Fold in the broken pecans. Drop the cookies by teaspoonful onto a waxed paper covered cookie sheet (Each mound represents the rocky tomb where JESUS was laid. - Matthew 27:65-66)
Put the cookie sheet into the oven, close the door, and turn the oven off.Give each child a piece of tape and let them tape the oven door shut. (JESUS was sealed in the tomb. You may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven. JESUS' followers were sad when the tomb was sealed and they had to leave JESUS in there. - Matthew 27:65-66)
In the morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. the cookies will be hollow. (On the 1st Easter, JESUS' followers were amazed to find the tomb empty. He is risen and desires each of us to know HIM as SAVIOR. - Matthew 28:1-9)
What a GREAT idea! I can't wait until Sunday morning for this. (We tried this, as you can see with a few photos I added. The kids were so excited about the end result/taste, but loved making them. The adults who had them during Easter lunch remarked at how they thought it tasted like divinity fudge. Needless to say, they were all eaten!)
The second idea is one I came across after sharing the cookie idea with a shopper I met at Hobby Lobby (we were both looking for crafts...that were all gone, so we were desperate for ideas).
Similar to the cookies, with the end result being an "empty tomb," Resurrection Rolls are a good option if you don't have a night before hand to prepare (as in you could do this for your Easter brunch).
The ingredients you'll need are:
- 1 (8 ounce) package refrigerated crescent rolls
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 8 large marshmallows
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
Separate rolls into eight triangles.
Combine sugar and cinnamon.
Dip each marshmallow into butter, roll in cinnamon-sugar and place on a triangle, pinching the dough around marshmallow to seal all the edges.
You can also dip the top of rolls into the remaining butter and cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Place with sugar side up in greased muffin cups. Bake at 375 degrees for 13 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately.
(not the best photo, but it gives you an idea of the end result)
The kids enjoyed making and eating these more than the cookies this year. We had no trouble "getting rid" of these "glorified cinnamon rolls" after lunch. ;-)
I just happened upon this blog today: Smashed Peas and Carrots which not only gives GREAT step by step directions and photos, but more importantly, the significance of each step, which you will find as a great way to remember Christ's death are resurrection.
Do you have any great Resurrection Sunday activities that are kid friendly? Please share!
Until next week,