Jesus often told stories so people could understand certain concepts more clearly.
When we teach our children, it’s important for us to do the same. That doesn’t mean teaching in parables necessarily. What that means is finding something they can relate to in order to highlight and teach the principles from God’s Word.
(Here is a fun activity to do with your children, specifically at Easter.)
What You’ll Need:
- 1 Can of crescent rolls
- 1 Bag of large marshmallows
- Bowl of cinnamon sugar mix
- 2 Tablespoons of melted butter
NOTE: Let your child get as involved as their age and development will allow.
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- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. (Check the crescent roll can for specific temperature.)
- Melt the 2 tablespoons of butter.
- Layout the crescent rolls on the baking pan of choice.
LET THE FUN BEGIN!
- Talk to your child about what we celebrate on Easter. (Let them ask questions. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just a conversation.)
- Explain that the marshmallow represents Jesus’ body. (TIP: Share how Jesus was the Son of God and how He never sinned, but He took on our sins so we could be saved. – 2 Corinthians 5:21)
- Dip the marshmallows in the melted butter, then roll them in the cinnamon sugar mix. (TIP: Share how Jesus’ body was prepared with spices and wrapped for burial. – Luke 23-50-56)
- Wrap the the single marshmallow in one crescent roll. NOTE: Be sure to pinch all the edges closed so the marshmallow doesn’t seep out while baking.
- Put the marshmallow rolls in the oven for 10-12 minutes. NOTE: Check the crescent roll instructions for baking time in case of variance. (TIP: Talk with your child about how Jesus was buried in a tomb and how they sealed it up with a large stone, so that no one could take him out. – Matthew 27:66)
- Bring the rolls out after 10-12 minutes. Cut into one to show how the marshmallow has disappeared! (TIP: Share how after 3 days, Jesus was raised from the dead and what that means. – John 20: 1-17)
NOTE: Don’t worry if something happens with the marshmallow and it seeps out or doesn’t full disappear. You’re not going to mess up your child’s understanding of God with a cooking mishap. They will love the interaction. It’ll be a memory maker and a great opportunity to show how you place a priority on God’s Word.
Even if your children aren’t little they can still enjoy this type of activity. Don’t overlook trying this with your teens or even college age just for fun!
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