Palm Sunday Decorations
• Palm Leaves—Have the children cut palm-shaped leaves from green construction paper. Cut slits down both sides of the palm leaf to create a fringe in the leaf. The children can wave or use them to decorate the classroom or a door.
Palm Sunday Snacks
• Palm-Leaf Cookies—Bake palm-leaf-shaped sugar cookies before class. Have children ice the cookies and sprinkle green sugar on them.
• Celery Palms—Wash and prepare celery stalks, leaving the leaves of the stalks intact. Provide different kinds of fillings for the stalks such as flavored cream cheese.
Easter Lily Craft
You trace the child’s hand on white construction paper, cut it out. Circle around (without creasing) the thumb to the pinky finger. Glue or tape the hand edges together. This makes the “cup.” Carefully curl back the finger for the lily. You can glue in yellow pipe cleaners or paper to make the yellow stamens inside the flower. Wrap the bottom of the hand print with green construction paper or chenille stem to create the flower stem.
Resurrection Day Snack
For today’s snack, provide an empty cream puff for each child. You’ll also need chocolate and vanilla pudding and spoons. Have children spoon the pudding into the empty cream puffs. Talk about how the women and disciples may have felt when they went to Jesus’ tomb and found it empty–just like these cream puffs were empty.
Have each class make an Easter banner out of large sheets of paper with appropriate symbols and words. Kids may write “He is risen!” with a sunburst or an empty tomb or “Jesus lives!” with a large lily. Allow them to create their banner with words and art about Jesus’ resurrection.