Every year, my family makes Resurrection Rolls as an Easter tradition. My girls love this tradition and look forward to it every year. My favorite thing about it is that it is a kid-friendly way to explain Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.
We started doing this when my oldest was three or four and my youngest was just a toddler. Years and years have passed, and we still do it every year. It is a meaningful activity that explains the gospel story in a kid-friendly, hands-on way. AND it’s fun!
To make your own Resurrection Rolls, you will need the following ingredients:
- Crescent rolls
- Melted butter
As you make your Resurrection Rolls, each step signifies Jesus’ burial and resurrection. Usually we do this the night before Easter so it really explains to my girls WHY we celebrate Easter. We did it early this year and just so happened to have a very special helper over, one of our little buddies from church. It was his first time making these treats, and he loved it just as much as my girls!
- Read the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection in your favorite children’s Bible. We LOVE the Jesus Storybook Bible. Like really, really, really love it. If you don’t have it, buy it. Seriously. It ties every single Bible story back to the Gospel and it is amazing!
- Take a marshmallow. Explain that this represents the body of Jesus. After he died on the cross, his friends wanted to put His body in a tomb, so they had to take his body off of the cross and get it ready to be buried in the tomb.
- Dip the marshmallow in the melted butter and roll it in sugar and cinnamon. This is to signify the special oils and spices that his friends put on his body to prepare it for burial.
- Wrap each marshmallow in a crescent roll. This shows how, after his body was covered in good-smelling spices and oils, Jesus’ body was wrapped in special linens. Note: Make sure the crescent rolls are sealed tightly!
- Bake your Resurrection Rolls in the oven. Follow the directions on the back of your packaging to make sure they are cooked thoroughly, usually 10-12 minutes at 350-375 degrees. While the rolls are in the oven, talk about the tomb Jesus was buried in. This will look different depending on how old your kids are. When mine were younger, we just hit on the fact that he was in the tomb for three days. Now that they are older we discuss how it was sealed with a big rock and a guard was placed outside by the Jewish leaders to make sure no one opened it.
- Once the rolls are done, let them cool for 15-20 minutes.
- When they are cool, explain that when you cut into the rolls the marshmallow will be gone. Just like Jesus’ body was gone from the tomb on the third day! Cut the rolls in half to reveal the “empty tomb.” The marshmallows should have melted, leaving behind a yummy sweet treat!I told you this was a big hit around here! Could those smiling faces get any cuter?!
If you are looking for a fun family Easter activity, or a kid-friendly way to explain the gospel story, this is the perfect activity for your family. Not to mention, you only need a couple of things and it is super easy to throw together.
I hope this becomes a tradition in your own family and draws your children even closer to Jesus!
Do you have any favorite family traditions for Easter?
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