Thursday, March 20, 2008

Easter Fun

Whether you home school or not these are some fun stuff to do with the kids for Easter. My kids had a blast making the resurrection rolls (thank you Laura!) it's fun to see the the roll empty! We made it a big deal when we closed the oven door, we even taped it shut to make a point of the story. We read the bible story along with the baking of the rolls. Fun and easy!

Resurrection Rolls

1 package of refrigerated crescent rolls
Large Marshmallows - 1 per biscuit
Melted butter
Sugar & Cinnamon mixture
1. Wrap 1 triangle around 1 marshmallow. Dip in butter and roll in cinnamon/sugar.
2. Bake as directed on the crescent package.
3. The marshmallow will melt and the roll will be hollow inside.
4. While the rolls are baking share The Easter Story with your children. They will be amazed to see that the roll will be empty just like Jesus’ tomb was empty.

We plan on doing these for our Easter egg hunt at grandma's house. That is if I can gather all the materials it time.

Resurrection Eggs
Materials needed:

12 plastic eggs numbered 1-12
empty egg carton
small piece of bread
3 silver coins
small piece of purple cloth
thorn (you could use a thumbtack)
thick string
small cross (you could make this from toothpicks)
small sign with the words “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS”
piece of sponge
spear-like object (you could use a toothpick or stick)
Fill 11 of the eggs with the above items, leaving the 12th egg empty. Read the following passages from Scripture as you open each egg.

1. (Bread) 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) 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, soaked it in cheap wine, put it on the end of a stick, and tried to make Him drink it.

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.

I shared this poem with the kids and let them eat jelly beans to go along with the poem. (I think I'm their favorite teacher)

Jelly Bean Poem
Red is for the blood He gave.
Green is for the grass He made.
Yellow is for the sunflowers so bright.
Black is for the dark of night.
White is for the grace He gave.
Orange is for the sun He made.
Purple is for the hours of sorrow.
Pink is for our new tomorrow.
A bag full of jelly beans,
Colorful and sweet.
It's a prayer, a promise,
And a child's treat.

1 comment:

Laura said...

Bridget - I'm so glad you posted the resurrection eggs. We've done this before at our family gathering and everyone loved it - especially that #12 egg. I can't find mine that I had put together and I certainly can't remember by heart the Scriptures and what goes in to each egg, so thank you so much for posting this!!

Happy Easter!!