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3 Meaningful Easter Activities for Kids

3 meaningful easter activities

Our Easter Traditions include:

Easter Breakfast – Resurrection Rolls

 

Every year we make these Resurrection Rolls on Easter Morning for Breakfast – they are quick, easy and taste great!
Here’s my kids making them 4 years ago at our old house.

And here they are making them 3 years ago!
 And here they are last year – just one week prior, Alexis had knocked out her two front teeth in a wagon accident 🙁 So sad.
These are so fun because when the rolls are done baking – they are empty inside…
JUST like Jesus’ tomb!

You need just 5 ingredients: crescent rolls, marshmallows, sugar, cinnamon and butter

 

Give each child one triangle shaped section of crescent roll.

This represents the tomb.

 

 

Each child takes one marshmallow.

This represents the body of Christ.

 

Dip the marshmallow in the butter and roll in cinnamon and sugar mixture.
This represents the oils and spices the body was anointed with upon burial.

Lay the marshmallow on the dough and carefully wrap it around the marshmallow.

 

Make sure all seams are pinched together well. (This is a REALLY important step! Otherwise the marshmallow will “ooze” out of the seams)

Bake according to package directions.

Cool.

Break open the tomb and the body of Christ is no longer there!!

Celebrate God’s love! 

 

Another tradition is:

Easter Story Cookies

 A few years ago my sister gave me this recipe. This is a great way to share the truth of God’s word in an interesting and meaningful way with your children and grandchildren!

Ingredients:
1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
zipper baggie
wooden spoon
tape
Bible

Preheat oven to 300 degrees (this is important to do before you start the mixing)

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Romans soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.
Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.
Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.
So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16. 

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isa. 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matt. 27:57-60.

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matt. 27:65-66.

GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the Oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matt. 28:1-9.
Easter is about so much more than bunnies and chocolate eggs. Make a memory with your children as you teach them about the amazing sacrifice of our Savior.

 And Finally:

Resurrection Eggs

 One of my favorite activities to do with the children leading up to Easter are Resurrection Eggs which can be purchased at your local Christian bookstore, amazon.com and last year I saw them at Walmart!

The store bought Resurrection Eggs come with a booklet and a story for each egg BUT these can also be homemade! A few years ago some women in our church made homemade sets of these eggs and gave them out to all the children in Sunday School. Wasn’t that lovely of them!!! You could do this too! Here’s what you need:
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Supplies:
1 dozen plastic Easter eggs
an egg carton
the items listed below

Directions: Fill each egg with the item listed (or a picture of the item) and a print-out of the corresponding scripture(number the eggs). Place the eggs in the decorated egg carton. Open and experience the eggs together with your children.

1. (Bread – crouton) Matthew 26:26 While they were eating Jesus took a piece of bread, gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to His disciples. “Take and eat it,” He said, “This is My body.”

2. (Coins) Matthew 26: 14-15 Then one of the twelve disciples, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and asked, “What will you give me if I betray Jesus to you?” They counted out thirty silver coins and gave them to him.

3. (Purple cloth, representing a purple robe) Mark 15:17 They put a purple robe on Jesus. . .


4. (Thorns or toothpick)Matthew 27:29 Then they made a crown out of thorny branches and placed it on His head, and put a stick on His right hand; then they knelt before Him and made fun of Him. “Long live the King, of the Jews!” they said.

5. (Scourge-a small piece of rope or thick string)Mark 15:15 Pilate wanted to please the crowd, so he set Barabbas free for them. Then he had Jesus whipped and handed Him over to be crucified.

6. (Cross) John 19: 17-18a He went out, carrying His cross, and came to “The Place of the Skull,” as it is called. (In Hebrew it is called “Galgotha.”) There they crucified Him.

7. (Nails) John 20:25b Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the scars of the nails in His hands and put my finger on those scars and my hand in His side, I will not believe.”

8. (Sign)Luke 23:38 Above Him were written these words: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

9. (Sponge) Matthew 27:48 One of them ran up at once, took a sponge. He filled it with vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink.

10. (Spear)John 19:34 One of the soldiers plunged his spear into Jesus’ side, and at once blood and water poured out.

11. (Rock)Matthew 27:59-60 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a new linen sheet, and placed it in his own new tomb, which he had just recently dug out of solid rock. Then he rolled a large stone across the entrance to the tomb and went away.

12. (Empty)Matthew 28:6 He is not here He has risen just as He said.

 My favorite part of these eggs is watching the kids as they listen and take it into their hearts. This is a great tool for sharing the gospel with unsaved children or for leading your own child to the Lord.

**Chime In: Do you have a fun Easter tradition?  Feel free to share your ideas in the comment section too!

Walk with the King,

 

 

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21 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing! I am wanting to spend time each day next week doing an activity that represents why we celebrate Easter. We will love making these recipes.

  2. I love these Courtney! Last year we made the Easter Story cookies and used the Resurrection Eggs (we had them as part of the Easter Egg hunt. We really treasure the memories we made together as a family having my husband lead us in these…it made our last Easter with my husband/their daddy so very memorable! He will celebrate Easter in heaven this year and that has to be amazing for him, we will miss him so much but are continuing these new traditions that he worked with me to start and that is a special legacy we will never lose.

    I am going to share this post in a special blog post sharing ideas for making the significance of Good Friday and Easter more real and very special for our families. Thank you so much for taking the time to share the process of making these. We are going to add the Resurrection rolls this time. I am looking forward to making a new memory with them too.

    God bless you and your family this Lent and Easter season!

    Blessings!

    Mary Joy

  3. We have a small 4 foot artificial Christmas tree that we leave up after Christmas in a corner of our family room. For Christmas, this tree holds my growing collection of nativity ornaments. But between Christmas and Easter it is decorated with cross ornaments and a crown of thorns at the top.

  4. The rolls I will definitely try! May even look for the resurrection eggs on my next Walmart trip. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. The resurrection rolls were awesome!! The kids really enjoyed the project to follow up our weeklong look at the time leading to Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection via the bible app 🙂 Oh and my son goes to Discovery Club on Thursdays and guess what he came home with? Yes, resurrection eggs!! I didn’t have to purchase them after all. I think I was more excited than he!!

  5. Bless you! Bless you! We are gluten and dairy free, and I have to admit I almost cringe every time I see a new recipe post here, but your Easter Story Cookies fit the bill! You have no idea what a blessing this will be for my kiddos (6, 4, and 3) as I had pretty much given up on finding a meaningful Easter treat for them. What an answer to prayer! Thank you!

  6. Thanks for this! I love the resurrection rolls idea! It’ll be a fun way to introduce our 2 year-old to the gospel…in a few years we can use the eggs idea to learn about the tough stuff that Jesus did for us 🙂

  7. Thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas. We have the Resurrection eggs. I think the baking will be really fun.

  8. We have done all three of these through the years..now my kids are 16 and 14. Boo hoo!! 🙂 We still enjoy making the Resurrection Rolls and hunting and discussing the Resurrection eggs. 🙂 It just never gets old. He is Risen!! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  9. Great,Great ideas for Easter. Thank you for all these meaningful things to do with our kids to honor the Lord.

    Blessings,
    Shan
    The How to Guru

  10. I did this activity with my preschool students and my children. They all lived this activity. We use the resurrection eggs every year to talk about what happened to Jesus at Easter, but unloved having the illustration of the rolls. Thanks for sharing

  11. We made the Resurrection rolls and the Resurrection Eggs, and they made such an impression on my kids. They will remember this experience and the Easter message forever! Thanks for the ideas!

  12. Thank you for sharing Courtney! My son is three and ready to start learning the meaning of Easter, so I’m excited to do these with him (maybe not the matching photos ;-). I’m also babysitting three of our neighbors unsaved children leading up to Easter so I’ll be sharing with them too. Even the smallest things take root sometimes in a childs mind, we never know where it could lead later 🙂

  13. This is a lot of fun when you hid the eggs and register their location with a gps and then have the kids find them in order- like geocaching. Depending on how far apart the eggs are hidden it can provide a lot of discussion time:)

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