This baking activity will enable you to guide the little ones through the Easter story, following the stages of an overnight baking project. Do the activity and read the bible references at each stage of the process.
We don’t know where this originated having stumbled across it ourselves on the internet so would like to give thanks and credit to whoever took the time to create it. This recipe is gluten and dairy free but does contain nuts.
Make the night before Easter – Saturday
Preheat oven to 150°C (65°F)
1 cup of pecan halves
1 tsp vinegar
3 egg whites
Pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
Baking paper – non stick
1 zip lock bag
Bible – preferably a child friendly version
Place the pecan nuts in the zip lock bag. Have the children beat the bag with the wooden spoon to break the pecans into pieces. Explain that after Jesus’ arrest, the Roman soldiers beat him. Read John 19:1-3
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp into the bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30
Add the egg whites. Eggs represent life. Jesus gave his life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11
Sprinkle salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it. Put a pinch in the bowl. Explain that the salt represents the tears that Jesus’ followers shed, and also the bitterness of our sins. Read Luke 23:27
Right now the mixture is not very appetising. Add the sugar, and explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us and wants us to know and belong to him. Read Psalms 34:8, John 3:1-6
Beat with the mixer on high for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks form. Explain that white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those who have been cleansed by Jesus’ death. Read John 3:1-3
Fold in the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a baking paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound looks like the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Matthew 27: 57-60
Put cookie sheet in oven, close the door. Turn the oven OFF.
Let each child put a piece of tape on the oven door. Explain that the tomb was sealed. Matthew 27:65-66
GO TO BED. Explain that while your children are sad to leave the cookies, Jesus’ followers were devastated when the tomb was sealed.
On Easter morning open the oven; eat a cookie (they are hollow inside). Observe that the cookies are empty inside just like the tomb was empty on that first Easter morning. Matthew 28:1-9
Bible references work like this:
The Bible is actually lots of different books, books of history, books about laws, even books full of poetry and songs. The Bible is divided into two sections known as the “Old Testament” and the “New Testament”. A testament is like a covenant or agreement. The New Testament introduces Jesus and because Easter is about Jesus’ death most of the references are from the New Testament. His birth and death were prophesied (predicted) centuries earlier so there are also bits of Old Testament that talk about Jesus.
How to look up the reference:
First will be the name of the book e.g. John (it wont say which testament, old or new, but you can look that up in the index at the front which all bibles have to help you navigate.
The next bit will be a number e.g. John 3: each named book is broken into chapters, and the first number tells you which chapter in John to look for.
Then there will be a couple more numbers e.g. John 3:16. The 16 is the number of the verse, the chapters are divided into verses so it’s even easier to find what you are looking for. If there is a number then a dash and another number e.g. John 3:16-18 it means read verse 16s, 17 and 18.
You can encourage the kids to look up the verses for themselves.