Resurrection rolls are a great visual for kids. You start with a full roll and end with an empty middle. Each step also represents a step in the process of Jesus’ burial as well.
Ingredients: a package of crescent rolls, butter (melted), cinnamon and sugar (mixed together in small bowl), large marshmallows (or like us, small marshmallows that are all stuck together)
Supplies: baking sheet, rolling pin, oven (set to 350*F)
This is a prep step I do but isn’t necessary. I lay out the crescent rolls in the 4 triangle sections and then roll the seams together. Then we cut the sheets of roll into 4 squares. Sister later on asked me if we did this step to symbolize the casting of lots for Jesus’ clothes. That wasn’t why we had but it’s a great discussion lead-in for that topic!
Step One: Dip marshmallow first in butter, second in cinnamon/sugar blend, and place in square of crescent roll.
As you perform these steps: The marshmallow is Jesus’ body. The butter is like the oil, and the cinnamon/sugar represents the spices that were used to prepare Jesus’ body for burial.
Step Two: Wrap the marshmallow in the crescent roll.
As you perform this step: After his death, Jesus was placed in a tomb.
Step Three: Place all the rolls onto a baking sheet and cook at 350*F for 15-20 minutes.
Step Four: Cut open a roll. (You may need to open the center slightly, so the kids can look for the marshmallow.)
As you complete these steps: The rolls took just a short time to cook but Jesus was in the tomb for three days. But on the third day, the women went to the tomb to take care of Jesus’ body and they found an empty tomb. Jesus was risen and the tomb was empty!
You can really go as deep or as shallow in your explanation here. With Sister, we talked for quite a while but with Brother, he didn’t have the attention span to spend too much time listening.