Monday, April 7, 2014

Resurrection Rolls

Since Easter is coming up soon, we thought this would be a good activity for the kids. I’ve included instructions and some Bible passages. Rachel read the first passage for the group and after we baked the rolls I paraphrased the second passage for them as it was quite lengthy. But if you try this at home with your kids, I would suggest going through it with them especially if they are a little older. They can help read.

A couple of other thoughts: Use fresh marshmallows. Older ones do not melt. Second, although this seemed to work perfectly on the sites I visited, in our experience the marshmallows didn’t always melt completely. Perhaps cutting them in half would work better. And I'm sure not all of ours were sealed tightly but they were yummy, the kids loved them and it is still a good object lesson.

Supplies Needed:
Crescent rolls – one roll per person
Large marshmallows – fresh
Cinnamon sugar mix (1 cup sugar + 1 ½ tablespoon cinnamon)
Aluminum foil

Before you make the rolls, read John 19:38-42
 – Jn 19:38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews.  With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. 
Jn 19:39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.  
Jn 19:40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.
Jn 19:41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 
Jn 19:42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

1.       Roll out the crescent roll. The crescent roll represents the strips of cloth wrapped around Jesus’ body.
2.       Roll your marshmallow in ½ tablespoon butter, then roll it in ½ tablespoon cinnamon sugar mix. These represent the anointing of Jesus and the spices placed around his body. Did you notice that Nicodemus used 75 pounds of spices? This was very valuable and such an amount would have only been used for king.
3.       Place the marshmallow on your crescent roll and roll it up carefully sealing all the sides.  The marshmallow represents Jesus’ body.
4.       Write your name on a piece of foil with the sharpie (we can’t get those rolls mixed up!) and then place your roll on it. Place on a cookie sheet and bake as directed on the package. After it is baked, the marshmallow should have melted into the roll leaving no “body”.

While it is baking, read John 20:1-18

After you eat your roll, you can read I Thessalonians 4:13-18


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Home Made Super Balls

This week in Kid's Time, we made super balls. When you are working with a group of 20 or so kids ranging in age from 5 years to 6th grade, you need something easy, fun and age appropriate. Plus we only have about 30 minutes to work with. Super balls fit the job.

Homemade Super Balls

Supplies Needed:
1. Elmer's Glue - (no substitutions)
2. Borax
3. Cornstarch
4. Water
5. Disposable Cups
6. Measuring Spoons
7. Food Coloring or Glitter
8. Stirring spoon

Cup #1 - 1 tablespoon of Elmer's Glue and a drop of food coloring. Stir. Clean and dry spoon before using it with cup #2.
Cup #2 - 1 tablespoon of cornstarch + 1/2 teaspoon. of Borax + 4 Tablespoons of warm water. Stir until dissolved.

Pour cup #1 into cup #2. Stir gently and slowly for about 30 seconds. The glue should stay in one lump. Pick up this lump and begin to roll it between your hands. Continue to roll slowly for several minutes. You may need to roll it on a paper towel or cloth to remove some excess moisture. As it begins to solidify and become more of a ball, you can roll it in a little glitter to add some sparkle.

After you are finished, I recommend tossing your spoon and cups as you would not want the remainder to clog up your drain!

Here is a link to the site we used - Home Made Super Balls

Before we could make super balls at church, we needed to practice.
Matthew and Tony tried several recipes before we choose this one.

I was glad to have their help, plus it was fun to be able to an activity with my kids, even if one is in college now.

It also helps to be well organized! Hope I remembered everything.