Here is a family Activity to do on Saturday evening before Easter.
(Thank you to Marlene Lose for sharing this!
1 cup Whole Pecans Zipper Bag
1 tsp. Vinegar Wooden Spoon
3 Egg Whites Tape
Pinch of Salt Bible
1 cup Sugar
Preheat oven to 300 (this is important – don’t wait until you’re half done with the recipe)
Place pecans in zipper bag 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 a 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 bow. 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 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because he loves us. Jesus wants us to know him and belong to him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16-17.
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks form. Explain the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sin have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.
Gently fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoonful onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. (do not oil pan). Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matthew 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 Matthew 27:65-66.
GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were sad when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.
On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice that 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 Matthew 28:1-9.