Let your children enjoy the secular traditions of Easter, but be just as intentional in telling them about what Christ was doing that first Easter. This site will help you use the tangible things of Easter to teach the intangible truths about Jesus.
Palm Sunday starts what we call Holy Week or Passion Week. This name represents the passion with which Jesus willingly went to the cross to pay for our sins.
Tell the Story:
Beforehand read all about Palm Sunday at Day One of Passion Week. Then tell the story with enthusiasm to your children. Emphasize that Jesus came riding humbly on a donkey, but will one day come again victoriously riding on a white horse. In the ancient Biblical world, a leader rode on a donkey to signify peace, but he rode on a horse if he was coming in war.
The people greeted Him as though He were an earthly king that would save them from the Romans who cruelly controlled their country. They put their coats in His path as He entered the city and they waved palm leaves before Him which is why this Sunday is called Palm Sunday. They shouted, “Hosanna,” which means “save us,”
Make palm leaves out of green construction paper or white paper and paint green. Let children cut into the edges.
Act out the story: use a stick horse or a broom as the donkey or even let dad be the donkey 🙂 Let one child be Jesus and as he rides into the city, the rest of the family can wave the leaves. Be excited about Jesus coming to save us!!
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Check out these free Easter resources available for download from Ministry-to-Children
Here’s a great song to sing as you act out the story: https://youtu.be/Kht2SR8P0ko