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Easter-Themed Kitchen Activities to Promote Learning

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Special activities for holidays provide a great way to integrate learning through play. Children learn by doing. A terrific place for learning to take place through discovery and play is in the kitchen.

Making Resurrection Rolls with kids encourages cooperation, reading, and math skills. The activity also teaches a beautiful hands-on lesson about Easter and the Empty Tomb.


 


Resurrection Rolls
   


Ingredients: 

large marshmallows                3 T granulated sugar                                                  
¼ t cinnamon                          2 T melted butter                                           
prepared crescent rolls            parchment paper

1. Open can of crescent rolls and separate into triangles. 

The rolls represent the linen wrapping used in covering Jesus’ body. 

2. Dip and roll one marshmallow into melted butter.
The butter represents the oils used in anointing the body.
3. Roll the marshmallow in the sugar/cinnamon mixture.
The mixture represents the spices used in burials.
4. Place a marshmallow in the center of a crescent triangle. Fold and pinch the edges tight. Put each crescent wrapped marshmallow on parchment paper.
5. Bake the rolls as directed on the package.
The oven represents the tomb.       
When cooked, the marshmallow melts leaving only the puffed crescent roll.
This demonstrates how Jesus rose from the dead. All that remained in the tomb were the linen wrappings.
He is risen! He is risen indeed!

Here are a few more ideas for you to try with your kids to get them interested in cooking and learning in the kitchen:

  • Use measuring cups and measuring spoons to experiment with volume. Partially fill a large mixing bowl or plastic container with dry rice or beans. Allow the child to play with the measuring units.
  • Encourage your child to help measure and add ingredients to a recipe.
  • Assist kids in setting the table, showing how the fork goes on the left, the spoon and knife on the right. (Tip: LEFT=FORK, 4 letters and RIGHT=SPOON/KNIFE= 5 letters.)
  • Page through cookbooks with your child. Look for recipes that appeal to kids. Cook together as a family. Allow the children to take part in everyday meal preparations.  
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