Easter Fun: Resurrection Rolls

CG_Easter_logoJoin us this week, as we explore memorable and edifying ways to celebrate Easter. We encourage you to take some of the ideas you find and make them your own. Feel free to share your thoughts on each of these projects and join in the fun!

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As much as possible, I like to get my kids in the kitchen and put them to work. They enjoy this fun time as much as mommy likes getting the help; plus, this counts as part of their important learning, too!

Each year, during Easter week, we try to take an afternoon to make Resurrection Rolls! They are sweet, easier than pie, and help remind us of the resurrection story.

Resurrection Rolls

Large Marshmallows
Melted Butter
Cinnamon & Sugar Mixture
Crescent Rolls
Cookie Sheets

We rolled our marshmallows in melted butter, then in our cinnamon mixture, wrapped them in a crescent roll, and popped them into our oven set to 350 degrees for about eight minutes. When they came out, no marshmallow was to be seen.

the-resurrection copy

The purpose of the Resurrection Rolls is to recreate the burial experience most likely to have occurred with Jesus’ body. He would have been anointed with oils and spices, wrapped in linen, and then placed in a tomb. Three days later (or eight minutes by our oven timer) Jesus’ body was no longer to be found; He had risen from the dead!

The kids have more fun making these rolls than eating them it seems. That doesn’t stop me however; the insight gained is more important than the snacking.

What is your favorite resurrection week recipe?

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Easter Fun: Resurrection Garden

CG_Easter_logoJoin us this week, as we explore memorable and edifying ways to celebrate Easter. We encourage you to take some of the ideas you find and make them your own. Feel free to share your thoughts on each of these projects and join in the fun!

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As long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed gardening. There is something relaxing about being in the outdoors, enjoying the sunshine and helping things grow. When being out-of-doors isn’t an option, it helps to bring the outdoors, in!

Adults aren’t the only ones who enjoy greenery and horticulture; children like to get in on the fun too! For Easter week, why not spend an afternoon doing a little gardening and sharing the gospel with your children?

A fun activity our family has been recreating each year during Easter week is a Resurrection Garden. With only a few materials (which you might have on hand), your children can craft a miniature garden which will help retell the story of the resurrection.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a shallow bowl or pot, approximately 9″ round
  • a small flower-pot, approximately 4″ at the opening
  • potting soil
  • grass seed
  • 6 popsicle sticks
  • gravel or small rocks
  • water, in spray bottle
  • one large rock, approximately the size of your child’s closed fist

Place the shallow bowl on a flat surface; place the small flower-pot on its side in the center. Surround the flower-pot with potting soil, making sure to thoroughly cover the top and back of the pot so that it resembles a hill, but leaving the front of the flower-pot exposed. (See picture below for reference.) Cover the space in front of the flower-pot with gravel or small rocks to create a pathway. Gently place your large rock slightly off the side of flower-pot’s opening. Add grass seed to the potting soil and water well with spray bottle. Craft your popsicle sticks to represent crosses and place them on your ‘hill’ of soil and seed. Place your ‘garden’ in a sunny spot; continue to water and watch your garden grow! (Note: If you would like your garden to be green for resurrection week, plan to do this activity a few weeks in advance so that grass will have ample time to come in.)

Resurrection Garden

The garden is a wonderful way to share the gospel with visiting guests and a constant reminder to the children what this holiday is for. The crosses remind us of Christ’s sacrifice, while the empty ‘tomb’ reminds us of how He conquered death and rose from the dead. The miracle of Easter is not only in Christ’s willingness to die for our sin, but in His defeat of death and His everlasting power.

This activity is something our children look forward to each year! They take great care with how their crosses are crafted and making sure they water the garden each day.

This year, our son had the honor of making our Resurrection Garden on his own, with Pop’s help. His Contenders group had all the fellas together one morning, each young man constructing their own garden. He returned home with his finished project and we have it proudly on display in the front room.

Resurrection week is almost over! Good Friday is here and Easter Sunday is just around the corner. This week is passing by much too quickly!

Have you ever made a Resurrection Garden? Share your stories and pictures with us! We’d love to see how you took this project and made it ‘your own’.

He is not here; he has been raised. Remember what he said to you while he was in Galilee:  “The Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, be crucified, and three days later rise to life.’ “ – Luke 24:6-7

Easter Fun: Egg Decorating

CG_Easter_logoJoin us this week, as we explore memorable and edifying ways to celebrate Easter. We encourage you to take some of the ideas you find and make them your own. Feel free to share your thoughts on each of these projects and join in the fun!

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While eggs are not strictly related to the resurrection story, it just wouldn’t seem like Easter if we didn’t decorate a few eggs. You can dye them, decorate them, and make them into ‘mini me’s’!

Since our children were young, we have taken at least one day out of Easter week to decorate eggs. When they were very little, we would dip them in various colored dyes. At first we bought the colors at the local supermarket. Later, we learned you can actually do this yourself at home with food coloring and a little vinegar. I wish we had known this earlier!

Egg Decorating

As the children have grown, we’ve expanded our creativity. Before dying, we dig out white crayons, stickers, and more. Color the hard-boiled eggs before dying and have fun watching the results! With stickers,  you can color block your eggs for additional fun.

One experiment I’d like to try, would be to wrap eggs in old silk ties. I understand if you do this, the pattern from the ties comes off onto the eggs, leaving you with a spectacular pattern.

Last year, we did something very unique. One of my husband’s friends came over with his daughter and took funny pictures of all of us. He then printed these pictures out and we used them to decorate plastic eggs, which were supposed to resemble ourselves!

This was by far, the most unusual egg decorating experiment we’d ever done. It was the funniest, however, and the one our children will probably remember most.

Egg FunNo matter how you choose to decorate eggs, don’t forget to use this as a great learning opportunity. Use your egg decorating as a catalyst for resurrection week conversation: how the egg reminds us of the resurrection story; how the egg reminds us of the Trinity; and more!

What is the most unusual way you’ve decorated eggs?

Easter Fun: Books

CG_Easter_logoJoin us this week, as we explore memorable and edifying ways to celebrate Easter. We encourage you to take some of the ideas you find and make them your own. Feel free to share your thoughts on each of these projects and join in the fun!

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Some people will tell you that coffee is the stuff of life. Personally, I think it’s books. Our home is filled to the brim, with more shuffling being done by the minute to fit more. Books are invaluable!

Naturally, this would mean that a large part of our Easter festivities include books. Each year, I usually try to snag a book or two add to our collection. I have specific guidelines for picking our books however; they need to be Biblically based. We aren’t telling stories about fuzzy chicks and bunny rabbits here. (Those aren’t bad necessarily, but I only have so much time and resource. We prefer to choose books that refer to the true meaning of Resurrection week.)

We thought it would be fun comparing notes on awesome Easter story books. We’ll share a few of our favorites and you guys share some of yours!

Easter BooksThe Bible – Yup! The first, and most important, book we read during Easter week is our Bible. The story couldn’t be told more concisely or more accurately than here. Always make this the first stop!

The Legend of the Easter Egg – In this story, two young children learn how an Easter egg tells the story of Christ’s death and resurrection. Great illustrations and charmingly told, this was a great addition to our collection.

The Parable of the Lily – A young lady mistakenly tosses out an ‘ugly root’, only to find that inside was the hidden beauty of an Easter lily. This story was a beautiful reminder of Christ’s death and resurrection.

The Easter Story – This one is pretty self-explanatory. In this book, we are given a summation of the true Easter story for little ears to understand and relate to. It was perfect for our children when they were preschoolers.

Easter Books #2

Hop – No; this is not the book a certain movie was based on. This is a unique creation, written by my oldest daughter! In Hop, the Easter bunny learns he is not the ‘reason for the season’! Hop learns what Easter truly stands for and comes to accept Christ and His amazing gift. (On a personal note: I am very proud of this little book! My daughter did a spectacular job with the illustrations and the heart of the story is very touching.)

Your turn! Chime in and share your favorite Easter stories with us. We always like picking up a good book!