Here's a great way to explain Easter to your kids...
Easter Story Cookies
1 cup whole pecans
pinch of salt
1 tsp. vinegar
1 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Place pecans in a baggie and let the children beat them with a wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested he was beaten by the Roman soldiers.
Let the children smell the vinegar. Put into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. (Read John 19:23-30)
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. (Read Luke 23:27)
So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that 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 and John 3:16)
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the white color 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 nuts. Drop by teaspoon full onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus's body was placed. (Read Matthew 27:57-60)
Put cookie sheet in the oven, close the door, and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape to seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus's tomb was sealed. (Read Matthew 27:65-66)
Go to bed after explaining that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus's followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. (Read John 16:20-22)
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's followers were amazed to find the tomb empty. (Read Matthew 28:1-9)
He has Risen!