Good Friday Ideas

The week before Easter we make “empty tomb biscuits” at the Christian Preschool where I direct. Take a jumbo refrigerator biscuit, have the child flatten it out, then sprinkle cinnamon on the biscuit. The cinnamon represents Jesus’ blood, shed for us. Then put a marshmallow in the center of the biscuit. This represents Jesus. Then close the biscuit around the marshmallow, sealing it inside, like Jesus’ body being sealed in the tomb. Bake the biscuits at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes, until the biscuit is golden brown. After the biscuits have cooled, serve them to the children, and when they open up the biscuit, they see that it is empty…just like the tomb! It makes a wonderful cinnamon and sugar roll-type snack…and teaches the story of the resurrection, too!

Resurrection rolls
“Crescent dough wraps around butter- and sugar-dipped marshmallows. They become hollow as they bake, representing Jesus’ tomb on Easter morning — when you break them open they are empty inside! A great Easter recipe to share with the kids!”

1 (10 oz) can crescent rolls (the grave clothes) 8 large marshmallows (Jesus)
1/4 cup melted butter (anointing oil) 4 TBS Cinnamon sugar (burial Spices)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F Lightly grease a baking sheet.
2. Separate crescent rolls into individual triangles.
3. Put cinnamon sugar In a small bowl

4. Dip a marshmallow into melted butter, then roll in cinnamon sugar mixture. Place marshmallow into the center of a dough triangle. Carefully wrap the dough around the marshmallow. Pinch the seams together TIGHTLY to seal in marshmallow as it melts. Place on a baking sheet. Repeat.
5. Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
When you put them in the oven explain to the kids it’s like when Jesus was put in the tomb I like to do this right before nap and when they wake up remind them that Jesus was in the tomb for 3 days and then when they eat snack they can see how the grave clothes are now empty because Jesus had risen!!!

I cut out a fat black cross from 9×12 construction paper. I cut out the middle, leaving @1/2 inch ‘frame’. I tear strips of orange, red, yellow tissue paper. Then I give each child a piece of waxed paper to put their cross on and then white glue to make ‘spider webs’ in- side the cross. Next they are instructed to fill in the cross, cover every bit of glue with the tissue paper strips. They turn out like stained glass filled crosses 🙂 Peel them off the waxed paper the next day. Beautiful in our windows!

With my alternate day classes I switched the tissue paper colors to blue, purple, and green. Equally as beautiful 🙂

Sad Day- color/ water-wash This was an activity we did with our preschoolers after reading about Jesus dying on the cross. You take a white piece of construction paper and write on the top “A Sad Day”. Then draw a hill with three crosses on top of the hill. The two side crosses were smaller . Jesus’ cross was a little larger and in the center. The children used black crayon to color the hill and crosses. They then used yellow and orange water wash and painted it over the entire paper. Be sure they don’t keep painting in the same place or the paper will get a hole in it. The project is easy and turns out great every time. The orange and yellow water wash give the paper a late afternoon, solemn look. We do this one every year.

Use balloons filled with helium so that they will float to the ceiling. Tie ribbon on the balloons long enough for each child to be able to grab a ribbon. Copy a picture of Jesus and tape onto each balloon. Let the children pull the ribbon and release the balloon to the ceiling. This is a great way to teach very young children that Jesus left earth and went up to heaven.


Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.