Begin by reading the story of Palm Sunday to the children.
Pay particular attention to the fact that Jesus knew why he had to go to
Jerusalem (that he was going to die and that it was according to God’s plan for
him). Also pay attention to
the special carpet laid down before Jesus and the donkey as they entered the
Discussion: when do we use special carpets? Eg for Royalty, actors at the Oscars, special hotel guests. Why did the people create a carpet not only of palm leaves but also of their own clothes? Tell children how in previous centuries gentlemen supposedly removed their cloaks and spread them across muddy patches on the ground rather than let a woman (and especially a queen) walk through the mud.
a diorama (3D
model in a box) of the entry into Jerusalem.
box (or a designated area on a table, covered in paper or etc)
cardboard tubes, empty toilet roll tubes etc
paper (for palm leaves)
Photocopies of black line masters
Building blocks etc if desired
Method: (delegate these various jobs to children according to their abilities)
When the diorama is complete, ask the children to imagine the sounds they might have heard had they been there that day. These could include: the donkey braying, the sound of the donkey’s hooves on the ground, people shouting “Hosanna”, or “Praise Him”, or “Welcome Jesus!” etc. Ask the children to recreate these sounds as they look at the diorama.
Materials for Lesson.
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