Last week, I wrote an article on giving our children Easter baskets with your own personal touch. However, as fun as it is how to teach small kids put together the goodies and gifts for our children, we must never forget to include the greatest gift of all, Jesus and what he did for us on the cross. Easter is not about bunnies, baskets, treats or egg hunts.
It’s about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. To leave this part out of your Easter with your child is to leave out the most important element of Easter. Kids need to know that Jesus is the real reason we celebrate Easter. Many holidays have become very commercialized and this one is no exception, thus making it so much more important for us to use fun ways to teach our children it’s true meaning. Each ingredient and each step symbolizes a portion of the events that led up to the resurrection.
Here I have included the recipe and steps that are involved in the process. Here is a pdf copy of the recipe for you to print out if you choose. Note: Do this first, don’t wait until you are half way done with the recipe! Place pecans in Ziploc bag and let your 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. Let each child smell the vinegar. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life.
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. So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us, He wants us to know that and He wants us to love Him as well. Read Psalms 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. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. 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. S TIME TO GO TO BED!
Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. On Sunday morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. On Resurrection morning, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. This is just one excellent way to teach your children why we celebrate Easter.