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Teach the message of Easter: Make resurrection rolls together with your family

Teach about the Resurrection by making these rolls with your children or family
Teach about the Resurrection by making these rolls with your children or family

As Easter Sunday approaches, many parents are looking for ways to teach their children about Jesus’ resurrection into Heaven. In the Christian faith, it is taught that Jesus died on the cross at Calvary on Good Friday. He then descended into Hell and on the third day (Easter Sunday) he was resurrected, by God the Father, and ascended into Heaven.

When is Easter Sunday and why does it hop around each year?

Resurrection rolls are a fun, unique and visual way to explain how Jesus ascended into Heaven. Kids will learn and enjoy the story and the rolls. Adults will also embrace this activity; however the meaning will be deeper and carry a more powerful message. Even as adults, sometimes it is difficult to understand and comprehend the events of Easter Sunday. Easter Sunday is also the day that Lent, the time frame between Ashe Wednesday and Easter, ends for the year.

This activity, recipe and photo was originally found on the Cowboys-4-Christ Facebook page. It is also presented on the Women's Living Well Ministries pages with additional pictures.

Resurrection Rolls


  • Crescent rolls
  • Melted butter
  • Large Marshmallows
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

  1. Give each participant one triangle of crescent rolls. Explain that he crescent roll represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in and read Read Matthew 27: 57-61
  2. Give each person a marshmallow. This represents Jesus.
  3. Have him/her dip the marshmallow in melted butter. This represents the oils of embalming.
  4. Now dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar. This represents the spices used to anoint the body.
  5. Then wrap up the coated marshmallow tightly in the crescent roll (not like a typical crescent roll up, but bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside.) This represents the wrapping of Jesus' body after death.
  6. Place all in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. The oven represents the tomb--while you are waiting for the rolls to bake.
  7. Read Matthew 27:62-66.
  8. Remove rolls from oven and let them cool slightly. Now the children can then open their rolls (cloths) and discover that Jesus is no longer there! HE IS RISEN!!!! (The marshmallow melts and the crescent roll is puffed up, but empty.)
  9. Now read Matthew 28:1-10

Enjoy your warm rolls as you rejoice at the good news of Easter! And then go and tell someone else the good news today! ~ C4C

What a beautiful, fun and tasty way to share the message of Jesus’ Resurrection into to Heaven! This would certainly be a great Easter activity for the kids during Easter weekend (or the ever so popular way to call it now-a-days: Spring Vacation). Take the time this Easter to teach your children about Jesus’ miracles and gifts.

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