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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Mitten Strings to God ~ Meaningful Easter Ideas

With Easter approaching it is time to think once 
again more deeply about the wonderful 
is to our lives.

This incredible gift is sometimes so overshadowed by the 
Easter Bunny and Baskets and Hunts etc....

Here are a couple of ideas to help teach your young children about the atonement and the resurrection.

Easter Breakfast – Resurrection Rolls

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

Give each child one triangle shaped section of crescent roll.
(you can make your own roll dough if you prefer)
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
or 20 minutes @350 degrees 
if you made your own dough.

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


Talk about where he is now that he has been resurrected and what the
Atonement means to us.

Another idea:

Easter Story Cookies

This is a great way to share the the story of the atonement in an interesting and meaningful way with your children and grandchildren!
Ingredients:1 cup whole pecans1 tsp. vinegar3 egg whitespinch of salt1 cup sugarzipper baggiewooden spoontape
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. 
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. 
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 use the atonement to repent. 
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.
Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the Oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealedRead 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.

*Ideas taken from

Happy Easter Everyone

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