I challenged myself to keep Christ in Easter by turning an Easter Egg into a Bible Study for kids and making a snack to go with it.
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The Problem With The Easter Egg For Christian Kids
I am a firm believer that even the youngest child can be receptive to spiritual truth. There is no age too early to start introducing Jesus to our children. I have watched my daughter grow from the one-year-old who said “Ay-nen” (translation: amen) every time we read and closed her favorite Bible, to the 18-month-old who learned how to sing the “Jesus Loves Me” song, to the two-year-old who gets excited to go to church, recognizes the cross, and recognizes illustrated depictions of Jesus and hugs them. The first two years of my daughter’s life were tough seasons for our family (that’s another story for another day), but I thank God that he helped my husband and I find and implement small habits to disciple our little one so that her foundation for faith could start out as a strong one.
Our family is always looking for ways to build upon that foundation, and one easy way that I’ve found is to celebrate Christian holidays and make them special. Easter is a no-brainer since it marks the day Jesus rose from the dead, which is basic doctrine. Here’s the issue, though… How do you explain the resurrection to young kids? Furthermore, how do we keep Christ in Easter when all our kids see in the world is the Easter Bunny, chicks, flowers, butterflies and Easter Eggs.
Some of the Easter symbols that the world has adopted have absolutely nothing to do with Jesus and more to do with fertility idols. That is enough to make a Christian parent want to forbid any of those things in their household, but doing so could make the Easter story very boring for a child. I’m not saying we have to water down the gospel or compromise it. However, I think we have the power to redeem things so that our kids relate them to things that are of God. More that that, I think it is our responsibility to show our kids that Christianity is fun — and that is not a lie! My Easter Egg bible study and Resurrection Rolls are prime examples.
If You Can’t Beat It, Redeem It
You have to go through a lot of trouble to avoid Easter Eggs around Easter time. If that’s what God is calling you to do, don’t let me convince you otherwise. However, if it’s a negotiable in your household, I would like to make a case for redeeming the Easter Egg.
I was planning a lesson for the preschoolers I teach at Wednesday night bible study and thought, what if the Easter egg represented the empty tomb? What if we could take those images that have long been known as pagan and attach a new meaning to them? We do it when we put the Star of Bethlehem on our Christmas trees, why not put Christ in Easter and keep the fun stuff?
So after a cool glow-in-the-dark easter egg hunt in our classroom that one of my co-teachers did (by simply putting LED tea lights in plastic eggs), I gave my object lesson. I asked the kids what they knew about Easter. We reviewed some previous lessons about Jesus dying for our sins on the cross and then we said that Easter is when we celebrate that Jesus rose form the dead. One of the boys, whose mom is a good friend of mine, noted that he saw a movie about Easter that had eggs and bunnies and nothing about Jesus. That warmed my heart so much. Shout out to you moms who are having in-depth conversations with your kids about God!
I took that opportunity to commend him on his observation, but also to introduce a new idea… I said, “I know you see Easter eggs everywhere. Guess what? Easter eggs represent the empty tomb. When you see an Easter Egg, you can remember that the tomb is empty because Jesus is risen!”
Then I put my object lesson to the test. I asked the kids, “What does the empty easter egg mean?” One child said, “The tomb is empty!” Another said, “Jesus isn’t here.” I asked, “Why?” “Jesus is alive,” he said. I then asked them if they believed that, and they said, “Yes.”
That is the beauty and wonder of childlike faith.
Let’s Try This At Home
Resurrection can be a difficult concept for even adults to grasp, but there are ways that kids can receive that Jesus rose from the dead if we have the right tools to help them picture it. What the world tries to use to make Easter a commercial holiday and keep Jesus out of it, we can use to help our kids understand the miracle that took place.
I tried this same Bible study at home with my baby girl. I read her the story of Easter from one of her favorite Bibles, I did the object lesson with the Easter egg, and we also made a snack to go with it — Resurrection Buns, made of biscuit dough, cinnamon, and marshmallows. When baked, the marshmallow melts within the sweet biscuit and the center of the biscuit becomes hollow, representing the empty tomb! We drizzled ours with honey and they were heavenly. The buns were fluffy, not overly sugary, and the cinnamon added depth to the flavor. My daughter could not stop eating them. Even my mom (who does not have a sweet-tooth like I do and can be picky about her desserts) commented, “That’s really good.” So, they’re adult-approved. We will definitely be continuing this tradition — next year we’ll make these buns for Easter morning to go with breakfast.
“Empty Tomb” Rolls: Here’s How
You will need some pre-made refrigerated biscuit dough (like the ones in the can at the supermarket), marshmallows, cinnamon and honey. I also used a cupcake pan and some margarine to grease it.
These rolls could not be easier to make. First, buy a package of biscuit dough. My mom-in-law makes pigs-in-a-blanket often so we happened to have a few packages of Pillsbury Grands in the fridge. She got the “Butter-Tastin’ – Southern Homestyle” version. They have little buttery flecks in them that, at first, to be honest, caught me off guard because I had never seen them like that before, but I think they made these rolls so much better and… buttery! I’m a (pretend) vegan but I love me some butter. Sorry cows!
Speaking of being caught off guard… Who else gets a fight-or-flight adrenaline rush just from popping that can of biscuits open? My hubs and I agree it can be terrifying! But I love it! Lol. (I also love roller coasters and he doesn’t.)
That’s the second step: pop that can, pop, pop that can! (*semi-inappropriate hip-hop dance break*) …Sorry about that ? Ok — the FIRST step is make sure you preheat the oven according to the package directions and make note of how long they take to bake. I am usually so eager to pop the can that I have to piece the wrapper back together with it to remember how to bake it, but I know you can do better. Also — step 1-1/2 (because step 2 is already taken), — grease your cupcake tin. Just get all of that out of the way so you can put these rolie-polies in the oven as soon as possible. After you’ve opened the can, take a biscuit slice and flatten and stretch it out as much as you can without ripping it. Be gentle. Next sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on it and rub it in with love.
As you can see, my baby and I worked together to make our resurrection rolls. She’s only two and she already loves to help, especially in the kitchen. These rolls are so simple, even the littlest helpers can make them with you.
My little one intuitively knew that the marshmallow was going inside the biscuit dough. It just makes sense. That’s what you do next, place a marshmallow inside the dough, then wrap, tuck and pinch the edges so that it is completely and securely covered and the dough isn’t peeling away from it. I attempted to make my biscuits egg-shaped to go along with the Easter Egg bible study, but when they baked they just took the shape of the cupcake pan. Oh well. Maybe you’ll have more luck — try shaping it if you want! Otherwise just tuck the edges all around so the marshmallow is completely hidden.
Now would be a good time to explain to your kids that the marshmallow is being buried in the biscuit, just like Jesus was buried in the tomb. Food object lessons are the BEST.
Next, place your rolls in the cupcake pan. Here’s the key: “seam” side down. Of course, my daughter took her roll and squished it into the pan and hers was perfect. Because some of my rolls had seams at the side of the pan, the marshmallow oozed out of them and looked really messy. That didn’t effect the taste at all, but looks do matter a little and the clean-up took more effort.
Bake your rolls according to package instructions. Let them cool enough that you can pop them out onto a plate or tray. I like my biscuits warm, but I let them cool a bit longer than usual before serving my daughter.
When you’re ready to serve the Resurrection Rolls, drizzle a little bit of honey on them — the mild sweetness of the outer crust takes this snack to the next level. The fun part is breaking the roll open and seeing that it’s empty. The marshmallow melted into the dough during baking and made the biscuit hollow. That’s when you explain to your child that the rolls are empty, just like the tomb was empty when Jesus rose from the dead. Jesus is alive!
There you have it. An easy-peasy snack and simple object lesson to illustrate a fundamental aspect of our faith in Christ. Personally, I would make these Resurrection Rolls anytime, not just for Easter — they were that good! We also saved an Easter egg to add to our play dough bin. I hope you get an opportunity to try this Bible Study. Click this link to instantly download a printable kids devotional to go with this snack and object lesson.
Your turn! How do you celebrate Easter with your kids? Tell me in the comments below. ⭐
Hey sis! I’m Imani, the Young Moms’ Advocate and Legacy Activator, who is here to help your family prosper. Also, I’m probably dancing to Michael Jackson right now.