Of all the Easter crafts ideas for kids that we enjoy every year, this recipe for an edible craft is the one that is my favorite. My daughter and I made this very special Easter recipe last year and it is a MUST! Not only did she thoroughly enjoy it, but every time she sees vinegar, she tells me that it is what they gave Jesus to drink when he was on the Cross. The memories it creates for me as a parent are absolutely priceless–I know that. But the visual memory markers it creates in her mind, keeping her focused on the Cross at a such a young age, well, that has a value all its own.
Bradford and I had such a good time going through the recipe and explaining to her the symbolism in each ingredient. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
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Check out my step-by-step guide below on how to use the Empty Tomb Cookies to teach your young ones about the Resurrection.
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“He is not here; He has risen!” – Matthew 28:6
Easter Tomb Cookies
Ingredients / Items Needed:
1 cup whole pecans
1 large gallon zipper bag
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
Pinch of salt
1 cup white sugar
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Activity: Put pecans in a Ziploc bag and let children beat them with a wooden spoon, to break them into small pieces.
Discussion: After Jesus was arrested, He was beaten by the Roman soldiers.
Read: John 19:1-3.
Activity: Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl with the egg and vinegar.
Discussion: This represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sins.
Read: Luke 23:27
Activity: Add one cup of sugar.
Discussion: The sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him.
Read: Psalm 34:8
Activity: Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes or until stiff peaks are formed.
Discussion: The color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
Read: Isaiah 1:18
Activity: Fold in broken nuts. Line cookie sheet with waxed paper. Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto waxed paper.
Discussion: Each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.
Read: Matthew 27:57-60
Activity: Place 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.
Discussion: Jesus’ tomb was sealed.
Read: Matthew 27:65-66
On Easter morning, open the oven and remove the cookies. Take a bite. Notice…the inside of the cookies are hollow!
On the first Easter Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
Read: Matthew 28:1-9
What special traditions do you use to teach your children about the Resurrection? I would love to hear your ideas!
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