As you can see, I love count downs! Yesterday started our Easter countdown. We did a symbolic activity that represented the resurrection of Christ. Here are the directions:
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.
- Crescent rolls
- Melted butter
- Large marshmallows
- Bible (for reading, not eating)
Give each child a triangle of crescent rolls. The crescent roll represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.
Read Matthew 27:57-61
- Give each child a marshmallow. This represents Jesus.
- Have him/her dip the marshmallow in melted butter. This represents the oils of embalming.
- Now dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar which represents the spices used to anoint the body.
- Then wrap up the coated marshmallow tightly in the crescent roll (not like a typical crescent roll up, but bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside.) This represents the wrapping of Jesus’ body after death.
- Place in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. (The oven represents the tomb – pretend like it was three days!)
- Let the rolls cool slightly. The children can open their rolls (cloth) and discover that Jesus is no longer there, HE IS RISEN!!!! (The marshmallow melts and the crescent roll is puffed up, but empty.)
Hearing my two year old's interpretation of this activity was quit entertaining. :) It was a great activity for my four and five year olds.
Day 2: Easter book and homemade book marks as seen on a picture above. Directions are on pinterest under "Easter crafts."
Day 3: Trip to the zoo
Day 4: Make Easter decorations like the one shown above. Click on squidoo.com for directions. Its basically using contact paper, construction paper and torn up tissue paper to make these colorful eggs.
Day 5: Check under your pillow for an Easter surprise! :) I found these cute felt boards that come with different themes (ocean, pirates, beach, space, etc. $7.99 at Michaels) that I am imagining I will be able to add on to in the future.
Day 6: Decorate/dye/paint Easter eggs.
Day 7: EASTER!
Check out ETSY for great Easter ideas and decorations also.
Is it me or does a mother have such a huge job???? I am not talking about cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc, etc.....I mean trying to make your kids feel special??? Its a job that lasts a life time and seems overwhelming at times. I have always enjoyed crafting/party planning so this sort of thing is fun for me but trying to find time and energy to do it is the hard part.