- 1 can of crescent roll dough (or more depending on how many you want to do)
- melted butter
- cinnamon/sugar mix (about 2-3 parts sugar to 1 part cinnamon)
Here's what the ingredients represent:
- marshmallows = Jesus
- crescent dough = cloth to wrap Jesus
- melted butter = oil for embalming
- cinn/sugar = spices for anointing
Though the recipe mentions reading the passage in Matthew 27:57-61, our boys were very anxious to get baking . . . . as illustrated by Wookeese eating 2 of our marshmallow Jesus before we even got started! So as we worked, I explained to the boys how after Jesus died, Joseph of Aramathea took his body and prepared it for burial (Luke 23:50-53). So we took our marshmallows (Jesus), dipped them in the melted butter (oil), coated with the cinnamon sugar (anointing spices) and then wrapped a piece of crescent triangle (cloth) around the marshmallows.
We made sure to cover all openings so 'Jesus' was nice & secure inside. Then place the filled dough on the pan to load in the oven. *Pretend the oven is the tomb and that you are about to bury Jesus.
Bake the rolls according to the package directions - 375 degrees for approx. 11-13 minutes.
Once they're done, tell the children that it's been 3 days and have them help you check the tomb to see if Jesus is still there (caution w/Littles by the oven of course!). When you cut open one of the rolls, the kids will see that Jesus (which was the marshmallow) is gone!
If the kids have not already tried to devour the rolls at this point, like mine did!, now would be a great time to read Matthew 28:5-8 explaining the resurrection of Jesus!!
This story/activity is actually meant to be done around Easter, however we were excited to try it! Besides, who wouldn't want to hear a great bible story coupled with warm, buttery, cinnamon/sugary, gooey crescent goodness?! *wink*