Lessons about Jesus and Resurrection Biscuits

One of my favorite weeks of the preschool year is Easter week. Since our district has spring break next week, that means it’s Easter week right now! I love speaking to my student’s about Jesus and sharing the Easter story. The questions that come after story time are real and innocent and never cease to melt my heart. Today we actually had one of the best discussions of my teaching career and before I knew it we were an hour past our regular schedule. I’ll take every opportunity I can to have real conversation with preschoolers about Jesus! After reading the Easter story my all time favorite “project” is making Resurrection Biscuits. The kids love anything to do with cooking but when you can relate it back to a story it always makes it better. We do this cooking project in the classroom so that everyone gets to make their own biscuit and we label them so everyone gets their own back. When assembling the biscuits we use the marshmallow as Jesus, the crescent roll as the tomb and the cinnamon sugar as the stone. The looks on the student’s faces are priceless when they open their tomb and see that their Jesus has disappeared. Of course we do this at home every year too. It’s a great way to talk about the true meaning of Easter and also enjoy a delicious treat together around the table. Here is the recipe that we use from Celebrating Holidays:

Resurrection Biscuits Recipe

One of my favorite traditions for Easter morning is to make Resurrection Biscuits. They are easy to make; they are delicious, and they have a lesson that goes with them. I have included step-by-step instructions and photos below for making Resurrections Biscuits (also called “Empty Tomb” Biscuits).
Resurrection Biscuits

Ingredients:

1 pkg. refrigerated crescent dough

1 bag large marshmallows

1/2 cup butter, melted

3/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a muffin tin.

2. Prepare a small bowl of the melted butter (for dipping) and another small bowl with the cinnamon and sugar mixed (for dipping).

3. Separate crescent dough into triangles, and place a marshmallow on each one (see image 1).  The marshmallow represents the pure body of Jesus. As a teaching tool, children can dip a marshmallow in the butter and the cinnamon-sugar mixture to represent the burial oil and spices that were used on Jesus’ body. However, the seams of the crescent rolls seem to stay sealed better with plain marshmallows, so maybe just dip a few.

4. Seal the edges of the dough around each marshmallow (see image 2), and explain that it represents that tomb of Jesus that was securely sealed after he was buried inside.

5. Roll the dough in your hands to form a smooth circle (see image 3).

6. Dip the dough in the melted butter (see image 4).

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7. Roll the dough in the cinnamon sugar mixture (see image 5).

8. Place each roll in your greased muffin tin (see image 6).

9. Bake for about 15 minutes.

10. Allow the “tombs” to cool slightly before children open them to see that they are empty (the marshmallow melts away and leaves an “empty tomb”)!

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