When our oldest was only a toddler, I heard about the empty tomb crescent rolls as a way to celebrate Easter and portray the resurrection story in a unique, visual way. Hands-on activities that show children rather than just tell them, are near and dear to my ever-learning heart!
Every year now as Easter approaches, each of our kids ask us, “Are we going to do the empty tomb rolls again?!” When they were younger they didn’t even remember what they were called, but by process of elimination we figured out what they were remembering and asking for!
If you aren’t familiar with this cute family activity—it is a simple recipe where you take a marshmallow, roll it in butter then cinnamon sugar and wrap it in a crescent roll. Make sure you seal all the sides and then bake it in the oven.
As you make them talk about the resurrection story. Let the marshmallow represent Jesus’ body, and the roll represent the tomb that Jesus was put in. Three days later, Jesus arose and was no longer in the tomb— just like after you bake them there is no more marshmallow!
Can you tell we like to have fun in our house? 😉
In this picture you can see their excitement and shock that the marshmallow disappeared. But you can also see what happens if the rolls aren’t sealed completely.
I love the visual recipe of how to make these empty tomb rolls at Around My Family Table. I also love how this family made them in a muffin tin—which I think we might try this year.
- 8 marshmallows
- 1 package crescent rolls (16oz)
- 1/4 cup cinnamon sugar
- 1/4 cup butter
- Dip a marshmallow in melted butter.
- Roll in cinnamon sugar.
- Wrap in a crescent roll dough strip. Make sure the edges are completely sealed and pinched closed.
- Bake at 375 F for 13-15 minutes.
- Tell the Easter story and let the marshmallow represent Jesus, the butter and cinnamon represent how Jesus was wrapped in linen, and the crescent roll represent the tomb he was put in after he died.