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Easter, or Resurrection
Sunday, is nearly upon us. Personally, I do not like to do an
"Easter Unit Study" with my children during the week leading up to
Resurrection Sunday as I like to take the week off from our school
studies so that we can reflect upon the incredible gift and sacrifice
that our Lord made for us. If your church has Maundy Thursday or
Good Friday services, do attend. Last year, our church held a
Seder and we thoroughly enjoyed the picture of Christ in the Passover
Here is an activity that I
do heartily recommend with children of all ages - Resurrection
Cookies. As you read through the recipe, you will see that this
time in the kitchen with you will give your children a sobering yet
joyful reminder of Christ's work on the cross for us.
1 C whole pecans
1 tsp vinegar
3 egg whites
1 C Sugar
Preheat oven to 300 degrees
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
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 teaspoon 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 sins. Read Luke 23:27. (So far the ingredients are not
Add 1 cup of sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story
is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know Him
and belong to Him. Read Psalm 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 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 a wax paper covered
cookie sheet. Explain that each mount represents the rocky tomb
where Jesus' body was lain. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF
(DO NOT BAKE COOKIES).
Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain
that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.
Go to bed! Explain to them that they may feel sad to leave the
cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair
when the tomb was sealed and they had to leave. Read John 16:20
On Resurrection morning,
open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked
surface and take a bite. The cookies, like the tomb, are hollow!
On the first Resurrection morning, Jesus' followers were amazed and
surprised to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9.
HE HAS RISEN! HE HAS RISEN INDEED!
God bless you and your
Terri Johnson is the creator of Knowledge Quest maps and timelines.
Her mission for the company is to help make the teaching and learning
of history and geography enjoyable for both teacher and students. She
has created and published over 15 map and timeline products. Her
Blackline Maps of World History have been widely recommended in
the education community and published in The Story of the World
history series by Susan Wise Bauer. Terri and Knowledge Quest
recently won the “Excellence in Education” award granted by The Old
Schoolhouse magazine for best geography company of 2003 and 2004.
Terri resides in San Antonio, TX with her husband Todd and their
children whom she teaches at home.
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