Saturday, April 15, 2006

A fun thing to do with the little ones.


After reading alot of post I wanted to add my two cents worth.  My family feels to many people are abandoning Easter ( Ressurection Sunday).  No we do not do the easter baskets or bunnies or all of the worldly stuff.  But to our faith the ressurection is vital. 

1Co 15:13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:

1Co 15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.


The power over sin and death is completed in the resurection.

Eph 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.


So for our family we do take the day to remember that Christ has once for all conquered sin and death.  With the little ones I try to do something that will be fun and yet educational.


Children of all ages LOVE to help make these cookies (as well a eat them) and reading the story that goes with it. Ideally, you make them the night before Easter, but since every Sunday is a "little Easter," you can enjoy them any time you want to remember and experience the joy of the Resurrection! You
will need:
1 cup whole pecans 1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites A pinch of salt
1 cup sugar 1 zip-lock baggie
A wooden spoon Some heat-resistant tape
A Bible

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees before you start.

2. Place the pecans in the zip-lock baggie and let the children beat them with the wooden spoon to break them into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.

3. Let each child smell the vinegar. Put the vinegar into a mixing bowl. Explain that when
Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink.
Read John 19:28-30.

4. Add the egg whites to the vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.

5. Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and then 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.

6. So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing! Add the 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 Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.

7. Beat the mixture with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes, until stiff 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.

8. Fold in the broken nuts. Drop the mixture by teaspoons onto a wax paper-covered cookie
sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read
Matthew 27:57-60.

9. Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door, and TURN THE OVEN OFF!

10. Give each child a piece of tape and let them SEAL THE OVEN DOOR with the tape.
Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.

11. GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight.
Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
Read John 16:20 and 22.

12. On Easter morning (or the next 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 Matthew 28:1-9.
Have fun with the cookies, and have a very blessed Easter!

This is a powerful way to explain the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour to your precious children..

We also remember that every Sunday is a celebration of Christ ressurection.  I hope this will be a blessing to someone out in cyberland.



HandsNHearts said...

we, too, love these cookies and the lesson they help teach in a hands-on manner. We do have some of the resurrection eggs here as well...each plastic egg has a different symbol in it. The children have memorized so much in terms of Scripture surrounding the resurrection of Christ in this way.

Thank you for sharing!

Snowberryfarm said...

What a nice idea. I will definately do this with my daughter. God bless and Happy Easter!


FoggyMountainFarm said...

We haven't abandoned the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus, just the worldly pagan junk associated with it. (i.e. Easter Bunny, Easter Candy, Baskets, egg hunts, etc.).

I've never heard of Resurrection cookies until now.



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