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.
Crescent rolls – one roll per person
Large marshmallows – fresh
Cinnamon sugar mix (1 cup sugar + 1 ½ tablespoon cinnamon)
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