Resurrection Rolls Experiment | A Fun Easter Activity

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Wrap a marshmallow in a crescent roll and bake it in the oven. When the rolls are done, the marshmallow will have melted and disappeared, leaving an empty roll. This experiment can be used to illustrate the resurrection of Jesus and how the tomb was found empty on the third day.

  • 1 can Pillsbury Crescent Dough⁠
  • 8 large marshmallows⁠
  • Water⁠ or Butter
  • Cinnamon and sugar mixed


  • Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  • Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  • Unroll crescent dough and separate each triangle.⁠ (Explain that this is like the cloth they wrapped Jesus in.)
  • Give your child a marshmallow and explain that it represents Jesus. It’s white and pure because He was without sin.
  • Have children dip marshmallow in water. (This symbolizes the embalming oils.)
  • Roll in cinnamon and sugar mixture.⁠ (This is like the spices used to prepare his body for burial.)
  • Place a marshmallow in the top of the crescent roll and roll into a crescent roll shape, then secure the sides by tucking them under and pinching them closed.⁠. This represents how they wrapped Jesus’ body.
  • Place on prepared cookie sheet and repeat.⁠
  • Place in the oven. (symbolizing the tomb). Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown on the outside.⁠
  • Let cool for a few minutes and open the roll.

The marshmallow has disappeared! This signifies how Jesus has been resurrected.

On the third day, the tomb was found empty.

Such a great visual lesson for young children! Death is not the end.

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