Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Family Easter Activities {a craft + a recipe}

Today we are super excited to share with you a couple of fun activities to do with your kids this Easter Weekend! {But these activities are just that fun, that you could do them alone!} Enjoy the excitement that Easter brings to kids and families, as well as reflect on the true meaning of Jesus Christ's victorious resurrection!

Mod Podge Easter Eggs

This fun craft is taken from Sew Mama Sew that was posted on her Facebook page. We’ve made a few modifications so that all the supplies can be purchased at Walmart if you don’t live near a craft store (like me!)

Supplies List:

Fabric Scraps
Mod Podge
Small Plastic Easter Eggs (Modified from Paper Mache Eggs)
Foam Brushes
Newspaper & Paper Plates
Optional: Pinking Shears (to minimize loose threads)

 This craft is pretty self-explanitory by looking at the pictures, so I'll briefly run through some instructions.
Lay out your newspaper to protect the surface your kids are working on. Have some paper plates handy for squirting the Mod Podge on, and for putting the finished eggs on to dry. 

When I made my eggs, I didn't have any foam brushes, so I just used my fingers. It was messy, and pretty knarly to clean off, so next time I will definately use a foam brush. But for kids, I can imagine that it will probably end with them using their fingers anyways. It's not big deal though- warm water should loosen any dried on Mod Podge and make it easy to come off. 

Hold an egg in one hand, and with the other dip a fabric scrap in the Mod Podge and place it on the egg, using the foam brush to smooth it out. Repeat with the fabric dipping, arranging on the egg and smoothing with the brush until no plastic is showing. Make sure the entire egg/all the the fabric is covered in Mod Podge. Set the finished egg on a paper plate to dry. Repeat with as many eggs as you like! They should only take about a 1/2 hour (approx) to dry! (and flip them over at some point so the bottom can dry too!)

Use these fun colored eggs for decoration, or even for an Easter egg hunt! Every child will have their own unique egg!

Resurrection Rolls

This is my first time making these fun, easy & oh-so-delicious rolls!  They are a wonderful reminder for you and a teaching tool for your kids about the true meaning of Easter! Each ingredient has significance and the end product leaves your kids in awe as they discover the rolls are hollow inside! So interactive for kids, as well as spiritually memorable! I’m looking forward to making this a tradition every year with our family! This recipe is a combination of a couple different recipes I found on the Internet.

Crescent roll dough
melted butter
large marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Separate all the crescent roll triangles. The crescent roll represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.

Take a marshmallow, {the marshmallow represents Jesus’ body}. and roll it in melted butter, which represents the oils used to embalm His body.. Then roll the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar which represent the spices used to anoint the body.

Wrap a crescent roll triangle around the buttered marshmallow (Bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside- not in normal crescent roll fashion.) This represents the wrapping of Jesus' body in linen garments.

Repeat with remaining dough and marshmallows.
Place in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. The oven represents the tomb.

When the rolls are ready to eat (allow to cool), have each of your kids open up a roll and discover that it’s hollow inside! Just like the linens were left in the tomb and Jesus’ body was gone! He is risen!

NOTE: I found that baking them in a muffin tin versus a cookie sheet helped them to not ooze as much and held together better!

Hope you’ll get a chance this Easter week to make some memories by doing these with your kids, as well as spending time reflecting on all the Jesus Christ did for us this week many, many years ago!

He is Risen!!!


Lauren said... [Reply]

Thanks for posting this! I've been wanting to do this but wasn't sure if it would work! Now, I know what to do during naptime :)

Diane said... [Reply]

very cute!!! So creative. love the colors of eggs.