Palm Sunday, Easter and Ascension Lessons, Crafts and Activities for

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This is a free Palm Sunday Toddler Sunday School lesson for kids, designed especially for 2s and 3s! We also have a free Palm Sunday lesson for preschool and kindergarten ages. See Palm Sunday lesson for 4s and 5s below. We have also made the crafts and activities free this year. The resources on Sunday School Fun Zone are designed especially for Toddlers (two's and three's). Join Sunday School Fun Zone to have access to all 52 lessons with their crafts and activities for 2's and 3's.
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Palm Sunday Lesson - I Praise Jesus!

Easter / Resurrection Lesson - Jesus is Alive! They Couldn't Stop Jesus! Ascension Lesson - Jesus Helped His Friends Believe, Then Went Back up... More Easter resources in Year 2 (Faith Builders)
Preschool Palm Sunday Lesson - I Praise Jesus!
Palm Sunday Lesson and Story Pages for ages 2 and 3
Palm Sunday Lesson and Story Pages for ages 4 and 5
Palm Sunday Crafts and Pictures Coloring Pages
Palm Sunday Craft Instructions
Preschool / Toddler Palm Sunday Activities Year Two Sunday School Fun Zone Palm Sunday crafts, Palm Sunday lesson, and Palm Sunday activities for toddlers / preschool children. (Sold separately).
For this fun, interactive Palm Sunday Sunday School lesson There are three pretend play activities, songs, an action rhyme and snack idea, as well as the Circle Talk Time and prayer.
Free Toddler / Preschool Sunday School Crafts and coloring pages
Triumphal entry illustrated story picture and bulletin board picture of children waving palm brnches and laying down clothes to make a path for Jesus and the donkey as he enters Jerusalem.
Triumphal entry coloring book picture of children waving palm brnches and laying down clothes to make a path for Jesus and the donkey as he enters Jerusalem.
Palm Sunday bulletin board picture of disciples untying donkey on Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday printable coloring book picture of disciples untying donkey on Palm Sunday
Triumphal entry illustrated story picture and bulletin board picture of children waving palm branches and laying down clothes to make a path for Jesus and the donkey as he enters Jerusalem. Triumphal entry coloring book picture of children waving palm branches and laying down clothes to make a path for Jesus and the donkey as he enters Jerusalem. Palm Sunday bulletin board picture of disciples untying donkey on Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday printable coloring book picture of disciples untying donkey on Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday color illustrated story picture of modern day children praising Jesus!
Palm Sunday printable coloring book picture of modern day children praising Jesus!
Palm Sunday craft for children of a donkey with a booklet on his tummy that says, "I praise the Lord, I tell others about the Lord, I make music to the Lord, etc.
Palm Sunday craft for children of a donkey with a booklet on his tummy that says, "I praise the Lord, I tell others about the Lord, I make music to the Lord, etc.
Palm Sunday color illustrated story picture of modern day children praising Jesus! Palm Sunday printable coloring book picture of modern day children praising Jesus! Palm Sunday craft for children of a donkey with a booklet on his tummy that says, "I praise the Lord, I tell others about the Lord, I make music to the Lord, etc. Words for Donkey Craft. Palm Sunday craft for children of a donkey with a booklet on his tummy that says, "I praise the Lord, I tell others about the Lord, I make music to the Lord, etc.
Palm Sunday craft for children of a donkey  that stands up!
Finished sample of Palm Sunday craft for children of a donkey  that stands up!
Accessory pieces of  Palm Sunday craft for children of a donkey  that stands up! Children can lay clothes on its back.
Palm Sunday printable coloring book picture of the mean pharisees that did not want to hear the children praising Jesus on Palm Sunday.
Palm Sunday craft for children of a donkey that stands up! Children can lay clothes on its back. Finished sample of Palm Sunday craft for children of a donkey that stands up! Children can lay clothes on its back Accessory pieces of Palm Sunday craft for children of a donkey that stands up! Children can lay clothes on its back. Palm Sunday printable coloring book picture of the mean Pharisees that did not want to hear the children praising Jesus on Palm Sunday.
 
Craft Directions for Palm Sunday Crafts
Palm Sunday craft for children of a donkey with a booklet on his tummy that says, "I praise the Lord, I tell others about the Lord, I make music to the Lord, etc.
 

Palm Sunday Donkey Tummy Craft Prep: Teacher cuts apart booklet pages. Craft: Help children cut out palm branch and coat. Have children color craft page with crayons, markers, or paint. Assemble pages (cover on top), staple together. Cut around tabs on donkey's tummy, leaving square in as a backing to booklet. Insert booklet under tabs.

Donkey Booklet Craft page 1
Craft page 2 (words)
Crayons/ markers
Glue sticks
Scissors
 
Finished sample of Palm Sunday craft for children of a donkey  that stands up!
Stand-up Donkey Craft page 1 Palm Sunday Stand-Up Donkey Craft - Prep: Print donkey craft pages onto cardstock (optional, but not necessary). Craft: Have children color donkey pieces. (Optional: you may also glue donkey body on cardboard before cutting). Help children cut out donkey pieces. Fold sides in to make donkey's body. Glue head and legs on front and back of body. Make up one sample to use with lesson. (Optional: You may cut small squares of fabric for the children to glue on the donkey's back.)
Craft page 2
Crayons/ markers
Glue sticks
card stock or cardboard
Scissors
Small scraps of fabric
Each week gives you access to these printable pages: An Interactive Sunday school lesson for preschool children (designed especially for age 2 and 3), black and white or illustrated color story pictures to use as teaching visual aids, bulletin board pictures or mini posters to decorate your classroom, Circle Talk Time, Prayer, Bible Verse reference, two or more age-appropriate toddler Bible crafts related to the lesson, and multiple Bible pictures to color to reinforce the concepts taught in the lesson. Join Sunday School Fun Zone!

 

Toddler Palm Sunday Lesson and Story Pages for ages two and three

(See Preschool / Kindergarten Lesson below, for ages four and five)

Concepts Children Learn:
Palm Sunday is a special day when Jesus rode a baby donkey to Jerusalem.
Jesus loves to hear our praise!
We can praise Jesus!
LESSON: For this lesson, the children are going on a "trip to Jerusalem", pretending to be there with Jesus and the disciples for the triumphal entry into Jerusalem! They stop at stations along the way to hear the story and in all of the fun activities: They help untie the donkey, put clothes on the donkey, wave palm branches, lay clothes down on the path, and sing praises to Jesus (song with actions). There are coloring pages to do before the lesson, and crafts and snack to do at the end. See Palm Sunday crafts above. Also see more Palm Sunday Songs and activities below.

Supplies Needed for Lesson:

donkey craft, Page 1 and Page 2 (with jacket pattern) Scotch tape old shirts or jackets
Color OR B&W Story Pages: Color: 1, 2, 3 (bw only, 4 lesson page and activities page (for songs and action rhyme) masking tape stapler, staples
B&W 1, 2, 3, 4. construction paper or fabric (green and other colors) yarn or thin rope bucket or basket of stones
Crayons or markers if using b&w story pages (to color them) clear shelf paper toy fence (optional) children's musical instruments or noisemakers

TEACHER PREP: Prep: Mark your bible with the memory verse: Psalm 9:1. Other passages used for reference: Matthew 21:9-17, Mark 11:1-19, Luke 19:29-48, John 12:12-19). Print b&w OR color Story Pictures on card stock and cover with clear shelf paper. Print Stand-up Donkey craft, Page 1 and Page 2 * Also use one of the jackets on Craft Page 2 as a pattern to cut coats out of construction paper or fabric. Use rolled tape to give to the children to stick these to the donkey's back during the lesson. Make a sample of the Stand-up Donkey craft. On the day before class, mark off the path that you will be taking with masking tape (in one room or more than one). Station 2 should be set off to the side of the main path, on the way to Station 3. Place the pictures along the path, at the station indicated on this page. For Station 2: Before the lesson tie the Stand-Up Donkey loosely to a toy fence or wooden object, or tape the yarn (going around the donkey's neck) to the wall or other object. Once the children bring it to you, continue bringing it with you the whole trip. At Station 4, have a pile of old shirts or jackets lying by the side of the path (enough for each child to have at least one piece of clothing). At Station 5, have palm branches within the children's reach that they have to "break off" of a tree that you made: (Either draw a tree on the chalk board and tape palm branches made from construction paper, or make a tree out of construction paper and staple branches to your bulletin board, and staple the palm branches to that). At Station 6, have a small bucket or basket of stones close by.

When you get to each station, sit down and have the children gather around you. Ask one child to pick up the story picture and give it to you. Read the section of the story for each Station as you hold up the Story Picture (if a picture is used). Start with the intro to get the children excited about the trip. (Only read words that are not in parentheses for the lesson. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do. The numbers in parentheses tell you what picture to hold up while you are telling the story).

INTRO: Today we're going to hear a true Bible story about the special trip that Jesus took. On this trip, Jesus went to Jerusalem. He walked there with his friends. When people take a trip now, they usually go in a car, or bus, or airplane. But, back then in Bible Times, sometimes they rode animals to go places, and sometimes they walked. Jesus had taken many trips to Jerusalem before. But this time was special. On this trip to Jerusalem, Jesus rode on a baby donkey! Who wants to go on this trip to Jerusalem with me? I think it will be lots of fun! We'll see pictures along the way and learn what happened on Jesus' trip. We'll follow along on this path that is right here (point to path). Let's all line up, and then off we go to Jerusalem! (Take the children to Station 1 of your course).

Station 1 - Picture 1 Two disciples untying donkey

It was an exciting time of year. Every year at this time, all the people from far away took a trip to Jerusalem to celebrate. Let's pretend that we are going on a trip to Jerusalem with Jesus and his friends. Jesus had been to Jerusalem many times before. But this time, it was special. You see, long before it every happened, a prophet told us that Jesus would go to Jerusalem in a different way this time. The prophet told us that this time Jesus would be riding on a little baby donkey!

(1) As Jesus and his friends were walking along, he sent two of his friends to go on ahead to the next town. He told them they would find a baby donkey. He asked them to untie the little donkey and to bring it back to him. He also told them that if anybody asked them why they were taking the little donkey, to just tell them that the Lord needed it. So, who wants to be Jesus' friends? I need two friends to go get the little donkey and bring it back to us. (Send two children to Station 2 who want to be the disciples to go ahead on the path and find the donkey and untie him, and bring it to you.)

Station 2 (only 2 kids go here) - Stand-Up Donkey sample.

(Stand-up Donkey is at station 2 tied up. When they get to the donkey, the assistant helps the children untie the donkey. (Direct the children to take the donkey back to the teacher.)

Station 1, again- Stand-Up Donkey sample and clothes

(When the children get back to you, hold up the Stand-up Donkey). Thank you very much, you brought me the little donkey! You are such good helpers - just like Jesus' friends helped Jesus on that special day! Now let's hear the rest of our Bible story. After Jesus' friends brought the baby donkey back to Jesus, they placed some clothes on its back. Then they helped Jesus get up on the little donkey to ride him. I have some clothes for each of you to put on the donkey's back. (Give the children the clothes that you cut out from the pattern. Show them how to place the clothes on the donkey's back). Very good. What good helpers I have! Let's all stand up and sing a song before we continue. (Sing Praise Song # 1). That was wonderful. Now let's keep going on our trip to Jerusalem with Jesus and his friends. Everybody come with me!

Station 3 - Picture 2 - Children with clothes and palm branches.

(Take the Stand-up Donkey and stand it up at the each station or hold it. (2) The people knew that Jesus was going to Jerusalem, so they were very excited to see him! Let's look at this picture. Can anybody tell me what the children in this picture are doing? (Give the children time to answer, then say:) Yes, One thing they are doing was laying down their clothes for the donkey to ride on!. That's exactly what the people did as Jesus rode into Jerusalem! Does anyone know why the people did this? It was to show Jesus how much they loved him. It was a way to tell Jesus that they wanted him to be their king! So let's all pretend that we are the people in the crowd. We can take the clothes from that pile (point to your pile of clothes) and lay them down on the path so our donkey can ride over them. (Make the donkey "ride" over the clothes by carrying it while walking on the clothes that the children lay down for you.) Good job! Let's keep going and see what happens next! Everybody come with me!

Station 4 - Picture 2

(Picture 2 again) Who can tell me what else the children are doing in this picture? The people loved Jesus so much that they went and got some palm branches to wave in the air. They ran out to see Jesus, and shouted praises to him! They were so happy to see Jesus because of all of the miracles they had seen him do. Many people in the crowd had seen Jesus bring Lazarus back to life after he died! They had seen Jesus make people all better when they were sick, and make them walk again too! So, now we can pretend we are the children in the crowd. We can each get a palm branch from the bulletin board - or chalk board - and wave it and sing praises to Jesus. Did you know that Jesus is in heaven right now. And he can hear our praise songs! (Have assistant help them get the palm branches. Let's sing a song to the Lord together. (After they get their palm branches, show them how to wave them in the air while singing (Praise Song #2). You all sounded so wonderful! Jesus loves to hear your praises! Now we can lay down our palm branches on the path like the people did as we go on to Jerusalem! think we are almost there! (Continue bringing the donkey with you. Make him "ride" over the palm branches to the next station.)

Station 5 - Picture 3 - Pharisees.

(Have a child pick up Picture 3 in Station 6). Look at the people in this picture. They look mean, don't they? They look mad too. Why do you think they have their hands over their ears? These two people are the mean leaders. They were the church leaders. But, they didn't love Jesus. You see, they were mad. Jesus was getting all of the attention. This made them mad. They told Jesus to make the people stop shouting praises to him. But do you know what Jesus said? Jesus told them that if the people were quiet, then the stones would praise him! (Point to the bucket of stones). God is able to make even stones praise him if the people won't. Now I have a fun rhyme that we can do. There are actions too! I'll show you how it goes. (Show them how to do the Action Rhyme, then do again with the children).

Station 6 - Picture 4 - Children praising God

Later, in the temple the mean leaders heard the children shouting praises to Jesus! This made the mean leaders really mad. They asked Jesus if he heard the children? Jesus told that he did hear them. Then Jesus told them that the Bible says that children and babies would praise him. Then Jesus left to go back to Bethany to stay there for the night. Jesus loved to hear the children praise him; And, he loves to hear your praises too!

What are some of the ways we praise Jesus? Can anybody tell me? (Give the children a chance to answer, then continue). We can praise Jesus when we pray. We can praise Jesus when we sing. We can raise our hands, or even shout praises to the Lord. We can also make music to the Lord by playing an instrument like the drums or a trumpet!

Who can tell me some things we can praise Jesus for? (Give the children a chance to answer). That's right. We can praise him for loving us so much! We can praise him for being kind. We can praise him for giving us the Bible to learn about him. There are many, many things to praise Jesus for. So, before we end our trip, let's go back to Bethany where we started. We can all play music to Jesus with these instruments that I will give you. (Give each child a musical instrument to play as you go back on the path the way you came). Then we can say our prayer and make some crafts to take home.

Transition: Now we have a prayer we can say together. Let's bow our heads, close our eyes and fold our hands. I'll say the words first and give you time to say them after me.

PRAYER : Dear God,

I praise you for loving me so much.

I praise you for being with me all the time.

I praise you for being kind.

In Jesus' name,

Amen.

Transition: Now we have some fun Palm Sunday crafts to make.

Also see Sunday School Fun Zone Year 2 Palm Sunday crafts, lesson, and activities.

You get access to all 52 lessons with the crafts, action rhymes and songs, pretend play activities and games to go with each lesson, as well as the printable coloring pages, and illustrated story pages which can also be used as mini-posters or bulletin board pictures when you join Sunday school fun zone!

© copyright Virginia Sigle / biblekidsfunzone.com

 

Free Palm Sunday school lesson for ages four and five (Preschool / Kindergarten)

(See Toddler Palm Sunday lesson for ages two and three above)

Concepts Children Learn:
Palm Sunday is a special day because it was told long before it happened how Jesus would ride a little donkey into Jerusalem.
Jesus loves to hear our praise!
We can praise Jesus with our words and actions.
LESSON: For this Palm Sunday lesson, the children are going on a "trip to Jerusalem", pretending to be there with Jesus and the disciples for the triumphal entry into Jerusalem! They stop at stations along the way to hear the story and in all of the fun activities: They help untie the donkey, put clothes on the donkey, wave palm branches, lay clothes down on the path, and sing praises to Jesus (song with actions). There are coloring pages to do before the lesson, and crafts and snack to do at the end. See Palm Sunday crafts above. Also see more Palm Sunday Songs and activities below.

Bible Memory Verse: Psalm 9:1-2 (Other verses used in lesson: Zechariah 9:9, Luke 19:31, Luke 19:36, John 12:13,19. Luke 19:39, 40. Matt. 21:16. Passages used for reference: Matthew 21:9-17, Mark 11:1-19, Luke 19:29-48, John 12:12-19).

Supplies Needed for Lesson:

donkey craft, Page 1 and Page 2 (with jacket pattern) Scotch tape old shirts or jackets
Color OR B&W Story Pages: Color: 1, 2, 3 (bw only, 4 lesson page and activities page (for songs and action rhyme) masking tape stapler, staples
B&W 1, 2, 3, 4. construction paper or fabric (green and other colors) yarn or thin rope bucket or basket of stones
Crayons or markers if using b&w story pages (to color them) clear shelf paper toy fence (optional) children's musical instruments or noisemakers

TEACHER PREP: Mark these verses in your Bible: Zec. 9:9; Luke 19:31; Luke 19:36, 39, 40; John 12:13, 19; Matt. 21:16. Print b&w OR color Story Pictures on card stock and cover with clear shelf paper. Print Stand-up Donkey craft, Page 1 and Page 2 * Also use one of the jackets on Craft Page 2 as a pattern to cut coats out of construction paper or fabric. Use rolled tape to give to the children to stick these to the donkey's back during the lesson. Make a sample of the Stand-up Donkey craft. On the day before class, mark off the path that you will be taking with masking tape (in one room or more than one). Station 2 should be set off to the side of the main path, on the way to Station 3. Place the pictures along the path, at the station indicated on this page. For Station 2: Before the lesson tie the Stand-Up Donkey loosely to a toy fence or wooden object, or tape the yarn (going around the donkey's neck) to the wall or other object. Once the children bring it to you, continue bringing it with you the whole trip. At Station 4, have a pile of old shirts or jackets lying by the side of the path (enough for each child to have at least one piece of clothing). At Station 5, have palm branches within the children's reach that they have to "break off" of a tree that you made: (Either draw a tree on the chalk board and tape palm branches made from construction paper, or make a tree out of construction paper and staple branches to your bulletin board, and staple the palm branches to that). At Station 6, have a small bucket or basket of stones close by.

When you get to each station, sit down and have the children gather around you. Ask one child to pick up the story picture and give it to you. Read the section of the story for each Station as you hold up the Story Picture (if a picture is used). Start with the intro to get the children excited about the trip. (Only read words that are not in parentheses for the lesson. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do. The numbers in parentheses tell you what picture to hold up while you are telling the story).

INTRO: Today we're going to hear a true Bible story about the special trip that Jesus took. On this trip, Jesus went to Jerusalem. He walked there with his disciples. When people take a trip now, they usually go in a car, or bus, or airplane. But, in Bible Times, sometimes they rode animals to go places, and sometimes they walked. Jesus had taken many trips to Jerusalem before. But this time was special. On this trip to Jerusalem, Jesus rode on a baby donkey! Who wants to go on this trip to Jerusalem with me? I think it will be lots of fun! We'll see pictures along the way and read Bible verses that tell us what happened on Jesus' trip. We'll follow along on this path that is marked off for us. Let's all line up, and then off we go to Jerusalem! (Take the children to Station 1 of your course).

Station 1 - Picture 1 Two disciples untying donkey

It was an exciting time of year. This was the time of year when everybody went to Jerusalem for a whole week to celebrate. They were celebrating the the time when God helped the Israelites get away from the mean leaders many years before. So every year, all the people from far away took a trip to Jerusalem to celebrate. Let's pretend that we are going on a trip to Jerusalem with Jesus and his disciples. Jesus had been to Jerusalem many times before. But this time, it was special. You see, long before it ever happened, a prophet told us how Jesus would go to Jerusalem in a different way this time. This time he would be riding on a little donkey. (Read Zec. 9:9)

(1) As Jesus and his disciples were walking along, he sent two of his disciples to go on ahead to the next town. He said to them, "You will find a young donkey. It has never been ridden. Untie the donkey and bring it back to me. (Read Luke 19:31). So, who wants to be Jesus' disciples? I need two disciples to go get the little donkey and bring it back to us.(Choose two children who want to be the disciples to go ahead on the path to Station 2, and find the donkey and untie him, and bring it to you.)

Station 2 (only 2 kids go here) - Stand-Up Donkey sample.

(Stand-up Donkey is at station 2 tied up. When they get to the donkey, the assistant helps the children untie the donkey. While they are doing it, continue:) The owners saw the disciples untying the donkey and asked them, "Why are you untying it?" Do you remember what Jesus told them to say? (Let children answer). Yes, that's right. Jesus told them to say, "The Lord needs it". (Direct the children to take the donkey back to the teacher.)

Station 1, again- Stand-Up Donkey sample and clothes

(When the children get back to you, hold up the Stand-up Donkey). Thank you very much, you brought me the little donkey! You are such good helpers - just like the disciples who were helping Jesus on that special day! Now we will continue on with our Bible story. After the disciples brought the baby donkey back to Jesus, they placed some clothes on its back and helped Jesus get on the little donkey. I have some clothes for each of you to put on the donkey's back. (Give the children the clothes that you cut out from the pattern. Show them how to place the clothes on the donkey's back). Very good. What good helpers I have! Let's all stand up and sing a song before we continue. (Sing Praise Song # 1). That was wonderful. Now let's continue on our trip to Jerusalem with Jesus and his disciples. Everybody come with me!

Station 3 - Picture 2 - Children with clothes and palm branches.

(Take the Stand-up Donkey and stand it up at the each station or hold it. (2) The people had heard that Jesus was going to Jerusalem too, so they were very excited to see him. Let's look at this picture. Can anybody tell me what the children in this picture are doing? (Give the children time to answer) Yes, One thing they were doing was laying down their clothes for the donkey to ride on! (Read Luke 19:36). Does anyone know why the people did this? It was a way to show Jesus how much they thought of him. It was a way to honor Jesus. This really meant a lot because some of the people only had one set of clothes. And they were putting that one set of clothes down on the ground for Jesus and the donkey to ride over. They were giving whatever they had to show Jesus how much they loved him. This was what people usually did when a king was coming! They thought of Jesus as their king. So let's all pretend that we are the people in the crowd. We can take the clothes from that pile (point to your pile of clothes) and lay them down on the path so our donkey can ride over them. (Make the donkey "ride" over the clothes by carrying it while walking on the clothes that the children lay down for you.) Good job! Let's keep going and see what happens next! Everybody come with me!

Station 4 - Picture 2

(Picture 2 again) Who knows what else the people are doing in this picture? The people love Jesus so much. They are also taking palm branches and waving them in the air! (Read John 12:13). The people were shouting praises to Jesus because they were so happy. They praised God because of all of the miracles they had seen Jesus do. Many people in the crowd had seen Jesus bring Lazarus back to life after he died! They had seen Jesus heal people of many diseases and make them walk again too! So, now we can pretend we are the children in the crowd. We can get a palm branch from the bulletin board - or chalk board - and wave it and sing praises to Jesus who is in heaven right now. Then we can lay them down on the path too. (Have assistant help them get the palm branches. After they get their palm branches, show them how to wave them in the air while singing. (Sing Praise Song #2). You all sounded so wonderful! Jesus loves to hear your praises! O.k., Let's keep going! I think we are almost there! (Continue bringing the donkey with you. Make him "ride" over the palm branches to the next station.)

Station 5 - Picture 3 - Pharisees.

(Have a child pick up Picture 3 in Station 6). Look at the people in this picture. They look mean, don't they? They look mad too. Why do you think they have their hands over their ears? These two people are the mean Pharisees. They were the church leaders. But, they didn't love Jesus. Let's read the Bible verse and find out what happened. (Read Luke 19:39). And do you know what else they said? (Read John 12:19). You see, they were mad. Jesus was getting all of the attention. They leaders wanted the people to see them as great, but the people knew Jesus was the one who was great instead. This made them angry. And, they told Jesus to make the people stop shouting praises to him. But do you know what Jesus said? (Read Luke 19:40) (Point to the bucket of stones). God is able to make even stones praise him if the people won't. (*Optional:) I have a fun rhyme with actions. I'll show you how it goes, then we can all do it together! (Show them how to do the Action Rhyme, then do again with the children).

Station 6 - Picture 4 - Children praising God

Later, Jesus visited the temple. He didn't like what he saw when he went in. He saw robbers who were buying and selling things, and cheating the people of their money. So Jesus chased the robbers out of the temple. He turned over their tables and would not let them sell anything in the temple. When the mean leaders heard about how Jesus chased the robbers out of the temple, they started to look for a way to kill him; But they were afraid of Jesus because while he was teaching in the temple, the people were listening so closely. The people were amazed at his teaching. They wanted so much to hear what Jesus was saying. They listened very closely to every word that Jesus said. Sick people also came to Jesus to be made well, and Jesus healed them. The mean leaders saw all these things. (Picture 4) They also heard the little children shouting praises to Jesus saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" This made the mean leaders really mad. Matthew 21:16 tells us what they said to Jesus: (Read Matt. 21:16) Then Jesus left the temple to go to the town of Bethany to stay there that night. So, you see, Jesus loved to hear the children praise him. Jesus heard the praises of the children who were right there with him in the temple. But, did you know that Jesus hears our praises too? Even though he is in heaven now, he still hears you! And, he loves to hear your praises!

What are some of the ways we praise Jesus - Can anybody tell me? (Give the children a chance to answer, then continue). We can praise Jesus with our words: We can use words to praise Jesus when we pray. We can praise Jesus when we sing and shout. We can also tell others about all the great things Jesus has done! We can also praise Jesus with our actions: We can raise our hands to the Lord. We can also make music to the Lord with a musical instrument!

Who can tell me some things we can praise Jesus for? (Give the children a chance to answer). That's right. We can praise him for being so loving and kind. We can praise Jesus for healing us. We can praise him for saving us. We can praise him for forgiving our sins. There are many, many things to praise Jesus for. So, before we end our trip, let's go back to Bethany where we started. We can all play music to Jesus with these instruments that I will give you. (Give each child a musical instrument to play as you go back on the path the way you came). Then we can say our prayer and make some donkey crafts to take home.

Transition: Now we have a prayer we can say together. Let's bow our heads, close our eyes and fold our hands. I'll say the words first and give you time to say them after me.

PRAYER : Dear God,

I praise you for being so loving and kind.

I praise you for being with me all the time.

I praise you for forgiving me.

In Jesus' name,

Amen.

Transition: Now we have some fun Palm Sunday crafts to make.

© copyright Virginia Sigle / biblekidsfunzone.com

 

WEEK 3 TODDLER/ PRESCHOOL PALM SUNDAY ACTIVITIES AND GAMES

Palm Sunday Activities for Lesson - I Praise Jesus!!

Palm Sunday Pretend Play Activities

Palm Sunday Action Song#1
Palm Sunday Action Song #2
Palm Sunday Action Rhyme
Palm Sunday Game
Palm Sunday Preschool Crafts

Palm Sunday Pretend Play Activities

The Pretend Play activities are built into the lesson and include: Pretending to go on a trip to Jerusalem with Jesus, placing clothes on donkey's back, waving palm branches, placing clothes down on path. For instructions, go to lesson page.

Palm Sunday Song #1 - Off We Go To Jerusalem! Sung to the tune of 'If You're Happy And You Know It'. This is an action song with hand motions. The words on the left correspond to the actions on the right. Sing the song, showing the actions once, then ask them to try to do the song and actions with you.

Off we go-o to Jerusalem. (stomp, stomp). Off we goo to Jerusalem. (Stomp, stomp). Stomp feet.
We'll follow the little donkey, and the one who rides on him. O-oh, off we goo to Jerusalem. (Stomp, stomp). Make donkey ears with index fingers. Point up. Stomp feet.
Jesus is the one who rides on him. (clap, clap). Jesus is the one who rides on him. (Clap, clap). Point up.
He rides oh so gently, and he rides oh so humbly. Jesus is the one who rides on him. (Clap, clap). Point up.
All the people sing and sho-ut praise. (Hallelujah!) All the people sing and shout praise. (Hallelujah!) Place hands on sides of mouth).
They break off a palm branch, and high above they wave. All the people sing and shout praise. (Hallelujah!) Pretend break off branch and wave it).
The people thought of Jesus as their king. (Hoo-ray!) The people thought of Jesus as their king. (Hooray!) Place hands on sides of mouth).
They wave the branches high-igh. And then they shout and sing. Oh, the people thought of Jesus as their king. (Hooray!) Pretend to wave a branch high.
Now its my-y turn to shout and sing. (Praise the Lord!) Now its my-y turn to shout and sing. (Praise the Lord!) Place hands on sides of mouth).
He's my-y everything, and he'll always be my king. Now its my-y turn to shout and sing. (Praise the Lord!) Place hands out to sides. Praise the Lord with your hands held high. Place hands on sides of mouth.

Palm Sunday Song #2 - Jesus is My King. Sung to the tune of Farmer in the Dell (shortened). Slow down the last sentence of the song. This is an action song with hand motions. The words on the left correspond to the actions on the right. Sing the song, showing the actions once, then ask them to try to do the song and actions with you.

Jesus is my king. Jesus is my king. Point up.
That is why I love to sing, that Jesus is my King. Point up.
Jesus is my Lord. Jesus is my Lord. Make cross with index fingers of both hands.
I learn of hi-im in God's word. Jesus is my Lord. Make cross with index fingers of both hands
Jesus is my king. Jesus is my king. Point up.
He leads me in everything. Jesus is my king. Point up.
Jesus is my friend. Jesus is my friend. Hug yourself.
He stays with me-e to the end. Jesus is my friend. Hug yourself.
Jesus is my king. Jesus is my king. Point up.
(shout) That is why I shout and sing. He'll always be my king. Point up.
Palm Sunday Action Rhyme
The little, little children, shouted praises to Jesus. Place hands down low with palm up, then point up.
They sang praises, just like us! Point to yourself.
They sang and shouted, and jumped for joy. Jump high.
Everybody shout, every girl and boy! Place your hands by the sides of your mouth, like microphone.
The mean, mean leaders said, don't you hear? Shake your finger.
Those little kids, are hurting my ears! Cover your ears.
Jesus said, Haven't you heard? Cup ear.
Its all explained, in God's word. Put hands out as if holding Bible.
If they don't sing, the rocks will cry out. Point to each other.
(Shout) So louder and louder, lets sing and shout! Place your hands by the sides of your mouth like microphone.
Palm Sunday Game for Toddlers: Playing with Stand-Up Donkey Crafts
Items Needed: Piece of yarn, approximately 2', for each child. Toy fence, extra clothes made from craft pattern. Go to Arts and Crafts for week 3 for donkey craft and clothes pattern. If there is any remaining time, give piece of yarn to each child. They can take turns pretending to be the disciples that go get the baby donkey for Jesus, like the two children acted out during the lesson. Show them how to tie and untie their donkeys to a play fence or tape the end of the yarn to a wall. Have some extra clothes cut from the patterns to tape onto the donkeys' backs
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Easter Preschool Lessons, Crafts and Activities

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Easter / Resurrection Lesson, Crafts and Activities: Jesus is Alive! They Couldn't Stop Jesus!
Easter Sunday school Lesson and Pictures for children
Easter / Resurrection Christian Crafts for children
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For this interactive Easter Sunday School lesson the children learn about Jesus' death and resurrection in kid-friendly language, using Marshmallow the Lamb puppet, and a Pretend Play activity during the lesson. There are multiple illustrated Easter story pictures and other black and white story pictures to use during the Easter lesson. These resurrection pictures for children can also be used as bulletin board decorations. There are four preschool Easter crafts to go with this lesson: Lambs/Cross gluing craft, a Lamb holding an egg with a cross that opens with an Easter message inside, Marshmallow the Lamb puppet, and a Lamb treat bag craft! There is a Pretend Play activity, Easter song with actions, a rhyme with actions and another activity to go with this lesson, as well as the Circle Talk Time and prayer.
Easter crafts, Easter preschool lessons pictures and illustrations, Easter activities for Sunday school
Illustrated Easter / resurrection story picture to hold during lesson. Also use it as an Easter bulletin board picture for your Sunday school preschool classroom.
Easter / resurrection crafts for children. Children glue cross on this picture with Easter lambs.
Illustrated Easter / resurrection story picture to hold during lesson. Also use it as an Easter bulletin board picture for your Sunday school preschool classroom. Easter illustrated story picture for Sunday school preschool lesson. Happy and Sad day faces for Jesus' death and resurrection. Easter / Resurrection crafts for children. Children glue cross on this picture with Easter lambs. Fun, easy Sunday school Easter crafts for children. Lamb holds egg with a cross that opens. It has an Easter message inside.
Illudrated Easter  / resurrection story and bulletin board picture of the women at the scene of the tomb on Easter morning when Jesus rose.
 Easter/ resurrection  coloring book picture of the women at the scene of the tomb on Easter morning when Jesus had risen.
Illustrated Easter / resurrection  bulletin board picture of Lamb hugging cross that says I love Jesus. Its also a picture to show at story time.
Preschool Easter / resurrection picture to color of lamb hugging cross that says I love Jesus
Illudrated Easter / resurrection story and bulletin board picture of the women at the scene of the tomb on Easter morning after Jesus had risen. Easter / resurrection coloring book picture of the women at the scene of the tomb on Easter morning when Jesus had risen. Illustrated Easter / resurrection bulletin board picture of Lamb hugging cross that says I love Jesus. Its also a picture to show at story time. Preschool Easter / resurrection printable coloring page of Lamb hugging cross that says I love Jesus
Preschool Easter illustrated story picture of sad day when Jesus died on the cross
Preschool Easter / resurrection picture to color of sad day when Jesus died on the cross
Easter / resurrection Sunday School crafts for preschool children  - Marshmallow the Lamb puppet
Also see Easter / Resurrectiion preschool lesson, Easter crafts and Easter activities on Sunday School Fun Zone's Year Two curriculum (Sold separately).
Preschool printable Easter / resurrection illustrated story picture or bulletin board picture of sad day when Jesus died on the cross Preschool printable Easter / resurrection coloring book picture of sad day when Jesus died on the cross Easter Sunday school crafts for preschool children - Marshmallow the Lamb puppet  
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Easter piccture to color of Judas eating the bread to betray Jesus. Coloring book picture of Judas betraying Jesus before Jesus' death on the cross.  Easter preschool coloring book picture for children. Easter coloring book picture for Sunday school of guards guarding Jesus' tomb. Also see Easter / Resurrectiion preschool lesson, Easter crafts and Easter activities on Sunday School Fun Zone's Year Two curriculum (Sold separately).
Easter piccture to color of Judas eating the bread to betray Jesus.
Coloring book picture of Judas betraying Jesus before Jesus' death on the cross. Easter preschool coloring book picture for children.
Easter coloring book picture and picture for Sunday school lesson. It is a picture of guards guarding Jesus' tomb.
Toddler / Preschool Activities, Rhymes
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Preschool Ascension Sunday School Lesson, Crafts and Activities

Jesus Helped His Friends Believe, Then Went Back up to Heaven!

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Children get to help tell this fun, exciting story about Jesus' ascension. For this lesson, there is a rebus story (a story with pictures, where the children help tell the story as they "read" the pictures that you point to). Then the children will have a shortened version of the story to do as a sticker craft. Concepts taught in this lesson include: Jesus was seen by many people after he arose from the grave. Jesus came alongside the disciples, and helped the disciples believe. He will come alongside you too, and help you believe and understand. Jesus will come back the same way he went up to heaven! . To make this lesson fun and drive home the concepts there are two group activities, a song with actions and a rhyme with actions.
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Preschool coloring book picture of Jesus' ascension. Jesus rose up and disappeared behind the clouds. For use with preschool ascension sunday school lesson.
Ascension crafts for preschool children - Glitter Sun craft picture for Sunday school ascension lesson.
Ascension crafts for toddlers and preschool children - Rhebus story stickers for ascension Sunday school lesson, "Up To Heaven!"  Children get to make their own rhebus story with these colorful stickers.  Just use restickable sticker glue on the back.
Preschool coloring book picture of Jesus' ascension. Jesus rose up and disappeared behind the clouds. For use with preschool ascension sunday school lesson.
Ascension crafts for preschool children - Glitter Sun craft picture for Sunday school ascension lesson.
Ascension crafts for toddlers and preschool children - Rhebus story stickers for ascension Sunday school lesson, "Up To Heaven!" Children get to make their own rhebus story with these colorful stickers. Just use restickable sticker glue on the back.
Ascension Sunday school lesson for preschool children and toddlers. Children will have fun when they can help to tell the story by reading the pictures you point to.
Ascension Sunday school lesson for preschool children and toddlers. Children will have fun when they can help to tell the story by reading the pictures you point to.
Ascension Sunday school lesson for preschool children and toddlers. Children will have fun when they can help to tell the story by reading the pictures you point to.
Ascension crafts for children. Big stickers for rhebus story that children make themselves and take home.  Use restickable sticker glue for a fun, easy ascension craft for preschool children.
Ascension Sunday school lesson for preschool children and toddlers. Children will have fun when they can help to tell the story by reading the pictures you point to. Ascension Sunday school lesson for preschool children and toddlers. Children will have fun when they can help to tell the story by reading the pictures you point to. Ascension Sunday school lesson for preschool children and toddlers. Children will have fun when they can help to tell the story by reading the pictures you point to. Ascension crafts for children. Big stickers for rhebus story that children make themselves and take home. Use restickable sticker glue for a fun, easy ascension craft for preschool children.
Ascension Sunday school lesson for preschool children and toddlers. Children will have fun when they can help to tell the story by reading the pictures you point to. Ascension Sunday school lesson for preschool children and toddlers. Children will have fun when they can help to tell the story by reading the pictures you point to. Ascension Sunday school lesson for preschool children and toddlers. Children will have fun when they can help to tell the story by reading the pictures you point to. Ascension crafts for children. Big stickers for rhebus story that children make themselves and take home.  Use restickable sticker glue for a fun, easy ascension craft for preschool children.
Ascension Sunday school lesson for preschool children and toddlers. Children will have fun when they can help to tell the story by reading the pictures you point to. Ascension Sunday school lesson for preschool children and toddlers. Children will have fun when they can help to tell the story by reading the pictures you point to. Ascension Sunday school lesson for preschool children and toddlers. Children will have fun when they can help to tell the story by reading the pictures you point to. Ascension crafts for children. Children can color their own stickers for a rhebus story that children make themselves and take home. Use restickable sticker glue for a fun, easy ascension craft for preschool children.
Toddler / Preschool Activities, Rhymes

Each week gives you access to these printable pages: An Interactive Sunday school lesson for preschool children (designed especially for age 2 and 3), black and white or illustrated color story pictures to use as teaching visual aids, bulletin board pictures or mini posters to decorate your classroom, Circle Talk Time, Prayer, Bible Verse reference, two or more age-appropriate toddler Bible crafts related to the lesson, and multiple Bible pictures to color to reinforce the concepts taught in the lesson.

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Msss.crafts has links to lots of free resources for the Bible story of Jesus' resurrection. Msss.crafts has lots of links to printable Easter resources for children. Mission Arlington has an Easter Lesson called Jesus is Alive (April 20 lesson) Mission Arlington's free Easter lesson is called Jesus is Alive
Jesus n Kidz has a Easter coloring page of Mary at the tomb Shirley's Preschool Acivities - tomb coloring page Sunday School Crafts.net has lots of Easter crafts for young children. Calvary Kids Pages has a cute Easter Kite craft for kids
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