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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Teaching the Easter Story

I posed the question to Reid the other day, "How do you teach a preschooler about Easter?" As to which his response was "That's why they have the Easter Bunny!" har har....

But seriously, all kidding aside, with Easter coming up, I have been wondering how to effectively teach Ella about the meaning of Easter. I mean, how do you teach a preschooler about Easter, and have it not be scary, and have it make sense. It's hard enough teaching a preschooler about death, let alone rising from the dead!

My friend Cindy posted the following on her blog about Resurrection Cookies. It thought it was such a great idea, and that it would be a perfect way to introduce the "Easter Story" to Ella! What better way to teach a preschooler than with something they can actually touch and relate to! So here it is. Enjoy! I am really looking forward to trying this with her the night before Easter Sunday.

RESURRECTION COOKIES

To be made the evening before Easter.

You need: 1c. whole pecans, 1 tsp. vinegar, 3 egg whites,
pinch salt, 1c. sugar, zipper baggie, wooden spoon, tape, Bible.

Preheat oven to 300 BEFORE BEGINNING.

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

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl.
Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.

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

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

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing.

Add 1 c. sugar.
Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know this and how to belong to Him. Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat 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.

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

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.

Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.
Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matt.27:65-66.

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.

On Easter 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 Matt. 28:1-9

3 comments:

MelDrop's Corner said...

what a great idea! i need to file this one away to use in several years.

gayle said...

I love this idea so much I want to come to your house for Easter. Oh ya...we will have just been there.
Well then, I am sending this to all my friends with little people.

Cheryl said...

I can't believe I just happen to come across your blog. I was just asking my DH how we should answer our son when he asks about Easter and why we have Easter. I love this idea. It is great. Thank you for sharing.