Resurrection Rolls Recipe And Story

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Do you want to know how to make resurrection rolls? Resurrection rolls are fun, easy, and yummy! They resemble cinnamon rolls. We like to bake them on Holy Saturday and eat them for breakfast on Easter morning. I’m going to give you the recipe for resurrection rolls, and step by step directions on how to use them to teach your kids about the Easter story!


resurrection rolls recipe and story

Ingredients Needed To Make Resurrection Rolls:
  • Canned Crescent Rolls
  • 3 Tbs of Butter
  • Small bowl of Cinnamon/Sugar Mixture (3 Tbs sugar + 1 Tbs cinnamon)
  • 8 Large Marshmallows (or the number of crescent rolls you have)
  • Parchment Paper or aluminum foil
How To Make Resurrection Rolls:
Before beginning, melt your butter, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Also, cover your pan in parchment paper or aluminum foil. (Because believe-you-me… those melted marshmallows are going to make some kind of a mess if you don’t!) ;-)
resurrection rolls story
Tell your children something like this (The Easter story you tell will vary depending on the age of the children you’re working with.)
“Jesus was completely perfect and pure. He never sinned or did anything wrong. Even so, there were some people who didn’t like him because he said he was God. The crucified him, and he died on the cross on Good Friday. It was very sad. A man named Joseph took his body down from the cross.”
Give them each a marshmallow. Then tell them:
“This marshmallow represents the body of Jesus. It is white because Jesus was pure from sin. Back during Jesus’ time, they prepared bodies for burial by putting special oils and spices on the body. The butter and the cinnamon-sugar represent these oils and spices.”
Have them dip the marshmallow first in the melted butter, and roll it around. Then, roll it in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
the easter story for kids
“Next, they wrapped Jesus’ body in a white cloth, kinda like a mummy. We’re going to wrap up our marshmallows like Jesus’ body was wrapped in cloth.”
how to make resurrection rolls

Place the marshmallows on the crescent rolls, and wrap them up. Pinch all the seams shut as well as possible. They will look like dough balls when you’re finished.

resurrection rolls recipe
Now, place your rolls in the oven, and tell your kids:
“Then, they placed Jesus’ body in a tomb cut in stone. It was kind of like a cave. They sealed it with a big heavy rock so that no one could get in, and placed soldiers in front of the tomb to guard it!”
Bake the rolls for 10 to 12 minutes until they are golden brown. Before removing them from the oven, tell your kids:
“Jesus was in the tomb for 3 days, and then he rose from the dead!”
Remove the resurrection rolls from your oven. Some of the melted marshmallow probably escaped, but that’s ok, because you used parchment paper. ;-)
resurrection rolls for easter
Allow the rolls to cool for about 10 minutes before moving on.
baby with christmas tree
Now, you cut the roll in half to reveal that it’s empty inside! Then you tell your kids:
“When Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, the tomb was empty, just like our rolls are empty inside! It’s just like an empty tomb!”
resurrection rolls recipe and story for kids
Now, eat your resurrection rolls! Tell your kids:
“These rolls are sweet, just like the resurrection story! Jesus died to save us from our sins. He loves you very much!”
We have also made them out of peeps before, which makes for rainbow colors inside of your empty tomb! Check out the full directions for rainbow resurrection rolls here.
rainbow resurrection rolls for an Easter treat
This is such a fun and meaningful Easter tradition for kids! We make them every year. Be sure to check out all of my Christian Easter crafts and recipies for kids here!
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Faith Based Easter Craft For Kids- Make An Empty Tomb

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We made an Easter craft that celebrates the true meaning of Easter- empty tombs! He is risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Empty tomb craft for Easter- fun and easy!

This is so easy to make, and mostly involves supplies you have around your house at Easter time anyway! To make this craft, you are going to make your own air dry clay, but it’s really not hard to do- trust me. :-)

Supplies Needed:

  • Plastic Easter Eggs
  • Easter Grass
  • White Glue
  • Green Paper
  • Small Paper Plates (or something else to mount them on, such as a piece of cardboard)
  • Wooden Skewers (or popsicle sticks to hot glue into crosses)
  • Ingredients For Air Dry Clay (baking soda, corn starch, water)

First, you want to go ahead and cook your air dry clay. We used a recipe that my mom has been making for me since I was a little girl. :-)

Recipe For Air Dry Crafting Clay:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 3/4 cups water

Start by mixing the baking soda and water in a pot. Then add the water.

how to make air dry clay from baking soda and corn starch at home

Stir over medium heat.

how to make air dry clay- baking soda and corn starch recipe

If you want it to be the color of rocks (and for this craft, you do) this is where you’ll want to add a squirt of black tempera paint.

how to make air dry clay at home

Stir it in.

diy air dry clay

You stir constantly while it’s over the heat. Stir and stir for several minutes until it’s the consistency of mashed potatoes, then remove from heat.

how to color diy air dry clay

Allow to cool before working with the clay. You can cover the pot with a wet rag to keep it from drying out while it cools. Kneed it together, and store in a ziplock bag. It can really be stored in a bag for weeks as long as it’s well sealed, so definitely make your clay the night before so it’s not too hot to work with. ;-)

homemade air dry clay to look like rocks

Now comes the fun part! Take a handful of the clay, and stick your egg in the middle of it, working the edges around the edge of the egg. Your egg will become the inside of the tomb.

egg tomb craft

preschool easter craft- empty tomb

Glue a piece of green paper on top of your base (in this case, an upside down paper plate). Place the “tomb” on top and flatten the bottom so it sits well. Then, glue the Easter grass around the bottom.

empty tomb easter craft for kids

If desired, you can cut wooden skewers and glue them (I used hot glue) into crosses. I also did this ahead of time since I work with preschoolers. This way, each child can add a cross to the top of their empty tomb. Just stick it right in the clay!

empty tomb craft for easter

Here are all the colorful empty tomb crafts that my preschoolers made.

easter tomb craft for kids

They were so excited about these!

easy easter tomb craft for kids- Jesus is risen!

I love using air dry clay in a classroom environment because it doesn’t need to be baked. Look at the awesome rock-like texture the clay gets as it dries!

air dry clay that looks like rock- tomb craft

Anabelle loved hers! I have plans to make these with the rest of my kids as soon as Lent is over. :-) I made these with my preschool class when we covered the letter “E”. E is for Easter!!!

he is risen craft for kids- easy and fun!

Check out all of my faith-based Easter crafts for kids here! (including empty tomb snacks, resurrection rolls, Easter story cookies, a printable resurrection set craft, diy resurrection eggs, diy cross pops, fun cross crafts, meaningful Easter dinner idea, and more! :-) )

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Cross Craft Using Leftover Easter Egg Dye- With Pictures!

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This is one of my favorite crafts we’ve ever done, and is sure to become an Easter tradition in our home! You can make these simple crosses using leftover Easter egg dye. It’s a craft celebrating the true meaning of Easter, and it’s so much fun!

craft easter crosses with leftover egg dye

Supplies Needed:

  • Plain White Paper Towels- no patterns!
  • Leftover Easter Egg Dye (or some food color and vinegar)
  • Scissors

Yep, that’s it. :-) If you don’t have leftover egg dye, just put a little food color, water, and a few tablespoons of vinegar in a cup. It’s not rocket science.

It always seems like such a waste to dump out the leftover Easter egg dye. Likewise, the more kids you have, the less and less eggs they each get to dye. I mean, how many boiled eggs can we be expected to eat for goodness sakes?! So what to do with them when you’re out of eggs and everyone is still in a crafty mood? This, of course! ;-)

First, you need to learn how to make make easy fold-and-snip-crosses out of paper towels. The kind of paper towel you get is important. You need plain white paper towels, and it’s better to get the kind that tear off into smaller rectangles rather than the giant squares. If all you can find are the square kind, you can cut them into rectangles before beginning.

how to make a cross from a paper towel

First, bring the bottom right corner up, line up the left edges, and fold.

fold and snip cross

Next, bring up the bottom left corner up, line up the diagonal line, and fold.

magic cross craft

Then, bring the whole bottom triangle up, and fold.

how to fold and cut a cross

Now take your entire paper towel and fold it in half vertically.

cut and fold a cross

All you have left to do it make one snip on the right edge…

cutting a cross

That’s it. Unfold and…

cutting a magic cross

Voila! You have a cross!

cross from paper towel- cross craft for kids

Now, here’s the fun part! Before you unfold your cross, dip the different corners into your egg dye to “tie dye” your crosses.

crafting with leftover easter egg dye

crafting with easter egg dye- make crosses

Once it’s been dipped, unfold to reveal a beautiful “tie dyed” cross!

This one unfolds to become…

tie dying crosses

This beautiful cross!!!

easy easter craft- true meaning of easter

The kids had a blast making these! My 7 and 5 year old were able to do this on their own, my 3 year old needed help folding and cutting before she started to dip. They had so much fun I was running out of space for the crosses to dry- lol!

craft tie dyed crosses from leftover easter egg dye

You can make more intricate patterns by folding them in half again before you start dipping. I loved some of the designs we were so easily able to create!

tie dyed cross craft

tie dye a cross for easter

Allow them to dry flat. Look at this lovely stack of ours once they are all dry!

tie dye with paper towels- leftover easter egg dye

Once they’re dry, you can hang  them in  your window with little pieces of clear tape. The sun shines through them like stained glass- they really are beautiful!

easter cross craft from leftover egg dye- tie dyed stained glass look

stained glass paper towel cross craft

 Don’t forget to check out my Easter resource page! It’s full of ideas for kids that celebrate the true meaning of Easter. :-)

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Candles For Lent- A Lenten Cross

Having a Lenten cross is very similar to having an Advent wreath. In fact, it’s strikingly similar to having an Advent wreath. You put the candles on your table, and light one each week adding a new candle each Sunday during Lent until it’s Easter time. While an Advent wreath is shaped in a circle, the candles at Lent are in the shape of a cross.

candles for lent- lenten cross

During both Advent and Lent, there is one Sunday that has the Liturgical color of pink (or more specifically, “rose”) rather than purple. In Advent, the pink Sunday is called “Gaudete Sunday”. During Lent, the pink Sunday is called “Laetare Sunday”. It’s the forth Sunday of Lent.

It’s actually traditional to construct your own Lenten cross from your Christmas tree (kinda lincoln log style). Alternately, you can also order a Lenten Cross to hold taper candles. I, however, did neither. We made our own simple version.

lenten cross- how to make your own

Start with a cheap tray of some kind that is capable of holding some sand. (The sand represents the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert.) I used an old Christmas tray that was abandoned at my house along with Christmas cookies. Spray paint it purple (for the liturgical color of Lent).

spray paint plate

Allow to dry. Fill with sand (being a good ‘ol South Carolina girl myself, I used actual sand from the beach. The rest of you can buy some from the store.) ;-) We got candles that were already in glass jars, but you could also use plain votive candles. Really, any pink and purple candles will work as long as they can stand up in sand. See how to paint your own pink and purple pillar candles here. Place your candles in the shape of a cross, and twist them a bit to get them to sit down into the sand.

candle cross for Lent

That’s it! I suppose you could go without the sand if you’re really worried about your kids making a mess of it, but my kids were pretty good about leaving it alone. (I don’t allow them to touch the Advent wreath either.) Light one new candle each week, counting down the Sundays of Lent. Here’s the order you light your Lenten candles in:

lenten cross- how to make it yourself

Lighting the candles: You just light them during dinner when you say the dinner prayer, and blow them out when you’re finished eating. You light candle number 1 on Ash Wednesday, but you don’t add another the first Sunday of lent. Candle number 2 gets lit the second Sunday of Lent along with candle number 1. On the third Sunday of Lent, you light candles number 1, 2, and 3 and so on. On Palm Sunday, all the candles will be lit.

One year we used a red candle for the last Sunday (as the priest wears red on Palm Sunday) and added a Jesus with a cross to the sand.

lenten candle cross

You can find the directory of all of my Lenten Ideas for families here.

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