Preparation: you need 12 plastic eggs. Number them 1 through 12. Below I have the number and corresponding items and scriptures. (you could also place a little treat in each one.) Place them inside the eggs. Hide the 12 eggs.
Have the children find the 12 eggs. Open the egg and read each scripture beginning with egg #1. This will take you through the Easter story. There are pictures to go with just about every scripture. Click HERE for the pictures. The scriptures began with Christ's entry into Jerusalem.
1. Ride on a Donkey - Matthew 21:1-9
2. Silver Coins - Matthew 26:14-16, 46-50; 27:1-5
3. Passover Cup - Matthew 26:17-19, 26-28
4. Praying Hands - Mark 14: 32-42
5. Leather Whip - John 19; 1-15 Matthew 27:26-31
6. Crown of Thorns - Matthew 27:29-31
7. Nails in the Cross - John 19: 16-22
8. Dice for Gambling - John 19: 23-25
9. Soldier's Spear - John 19:31-37
10. Linen Wrapping - Matthew 27: 57-61
11. Stone of the Tomb - Matthew 28:1-3
12. Empty Tomb - Matthew 28:5-8
For the past 15 years it is a tradition in our family to make "Resurrection Rolls." I didn't come up with this recipe - it's one of those things that gets passed around. This is how we make them:
Crescent Rolls (I was NOT happy with the Wal Mart brand)
Cinnamon & Sugar mixture
Regular size marshmallows
Step 1 - Roll out the dough
The cresecnet rolls come in triangles. Each person needs 2 triangls. You need to pat them into a rectangle or square. Make sure there are NO holes or thin spots. This dough is going to represent the tomb (you will see why in a minute).
Step 2 - Melt the butter - you only need about 1/4 cup.
The Marshmallow represents Jesus' body. Take the marshmallow and dip it in the melted butter and roll it in the cinnamon & sugar mixture. This represents the oils and spices used to prepare the body.
The process of putting the marshmallow inside the dough represents Jesus' body laid in the tomb.
Lovely! Now bake at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes. I baked them on parchment paper.
You can see where our seam separated. Most likely the steam will find its way out. You want the marshmallow to puff up, letting the dough around it puff up and hold its shape while baking. Ours turned out okay. I would like to blame the Wal Mart brand dough. It was not fun to work with.
When you cut it open, it will be hollow inside and the marshmallow will be gone. The is just like when the tomb was found empty because Jesus had been resurrected. My 5 year old was very concerned where the marshmallow went!!
I hope your family enjoys making these. This is my children's favorite part of Easter. We look forward to making these every year. AND they are super delicious!!!
Handout: Click HERE
Make sure to write in your journal. Maybe the children can summarize the events that took place and the scriptures they read. How do you feel knowing Jesus died for you and suffered all things for you that you may have eternal life?