Here's a really fun one to do this time of the year to help your little ones get a better understanding of the true reason for Easter. Plan ahead, because you MUST start this on the night before Easter and finish it on Easter morning.
I'm inserting photos this weekend as we make them at our house.
Here's what you need:
- 1 cup pecans
- 1 tsp vinegar
- 3 egg whites
- pinch salt
- 1 cup sugar
- zipper baggie
- wooden spoon
- masking tape
- Preheat oven to 300 (must be preheated).
- Place pecans in a zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. (Oops! Warn them to keep their little fingers away from the bag or they will experience first-hand how painful it is to be beaten.)
- Read John 19:1-3
- Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. (Set aside the baggie of crushed nuts).
- Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp vinegar into a mixing bowl.
- Read John 19:28-30
- Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink.
- Add egg whites to vinegar.
- Tell your children that eggs represent life.
- Read John 10:10-11
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.
- Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life.
- Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hands. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl.
- Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.
- Read Luke 23:27
- Ask your kids, so far the ingredients are not very appetizing.
- Add 1 c sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him.
- Read Psalms 34:8 and John 3:16.
16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
- Beat the mixture with a mixer on high speed for 6 to 15 minutes (depending on your method of mixing) until soft peaks are formed.
- Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
- Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.
1There was a man named Nicodemus who was a Pharisee and a Jewish leader. 2One night he went to Jesus and said, "Sir, we know that God has sent you to teach us. You could not work these miracles, unless God were with you."
3Jesus replied, "I tell you for certain that you must be born from above before you can see God's kingdom!"
- Gently fold in the broken nuts with a spatula.
- Drop by teaspoons onto silpat or wax paper covered cookie sheet.
- Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus was laid.
- Read Matthew 27:57-60.
- Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn off the oven. (Very Important!)
- Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. (My kids LOVED this part!). Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed.
- Read Matthew 27:65-66.
- Tell them it's time to go to bed!! Explain that they feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight, just like Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
- Read John 16:20 and 22.
- On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie.
- Notice the cracked surface and take a bite.
- The cookies are hollow!
- On the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
- Read Matt. 28:1-9
7"Now, get on your way quickly and tell his disciples, 'He is risen from the dead. He is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.' That's the message."
8-10The women, deep in wonder and full of joy, lost no time in leaving the tomb. They ran to tell the disciples. Then Jesus met them, stopping them in their tracks. "Good morning!" he said. They fell to their knees, embraced his feet, and worshiped him. Jesus said, "You're holding on to me for dear life! Don't be frightened like that. Go tell my brothers that they are to go to Galilee, and that I'll meet them there."
I hope this becomes a sweet tradition in your family as you celebrate the Risen King of Kings!Happy Easter! Laurie