I'll start from the beginning...
We attended the Easter Egg Hunt at Cappy's church on the Saturday-Week before Easter. Caroline HATED the person in the Easter Bunny costume, and would dash behind my leg when he came near. As long as he was far, far away, she was great!
I took her to the 3 year old playground and watched, as she walked around not picking up eggs to put in her basket, but shook them to listen to their "prize". If she didn't like it, down it went. As I watched the other kids hoarded all the eggs, I could feel my competitiveness beginning to swell and I started to get anxious that she was going to miss out! So even as I was snapping pictures , I was yelling, "Caroline, put the eggs in your basket! We'll open them later!" Who am I?? Stage moms, beware!
I guess it clicked and what was an empty basket, soon filled up! In fact, after her age group ended, she took on the big kids, and she racked up! :)
On Monday, Caroline and I made Resurrection Rolls. I figured making them Easter morning would be absolute chaos with trying to get ready and leave by 8:15. And it being her birthday morning! Have I mentioned that yet?! ;)
These rolls are super easy to make and have a great meaning! Caroline has just now started talking about Jesus, so I'm not sure that she actually got what I was talking about, but I'm sure that she'll remember this next year when we make them again!
Here are the rolls after cooking and opening them. The second picture is Caroline being silly when the marshmallow (Jesus) has disappeared from the roll (tomb).
All day, she walked around saying, "Jesus was sad, he got a boo-boo. He need a bandaid. He went to sleep and goes bye bye up to Heaven." Melt. My. Heart. I take it back, I think she got it. :)
And here's the recipe:Resurrection Rolls
One can of crescent roll dough
8 large marshmallows (or one for each roll you’ll be making)
Cinnamon And Sugar
*Give your child a marshmallow and explain that it represents Jesus.
*Roll the marshmallows in the melted butter.
*Roll the marshmallows in the cinnamon sugar -- I said we are like the cinnamon and sugar and stick to Jesus because he loves us and we love him. There are other ways to explain, but again, I was talking to a 3 year old.
*Wrap the marshmallow in the crescent roll cloth, pinching the dough together securely. Don’t worry about the shape so much, they’ll taste the same no matter how you roll or bundle them. This represents how they would have wrapped Jesus’ body.
*Put the rolls in the oven, and bake for the amount of time specified on the package.
*While the rolls were baking, we read the Easter story in her toddler bible.
*When they’re cool enough to handle, break one open and discover what happened to the marshmallow. Jesus is risen!
*Unroll the crescent rolls -- these are the cloth they wrapped Jesus in.
There are many variations for explaining the meaning of these rolls to children, this is what worked for us!