Palm Sunday



  1. Children should know that Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
  2. They should be able to identify the characters in the icon and tell the story.


Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.


  1. Read the story of Palm Sunday in the Beginner’s Bible, pages 427-432, the Children’s Bible Reader, pages 230-232, or the Read with Me Bible, pages 358-361. Supplement with the Golden Children’s Bible, pages 428-430, or the Arch book, The Donkey Who Served the King.  Use the icon and point out the characters and their roles. How did Jesus get the donkey? What were the people doing? What were they saying? Are there children?


  1. True or False:

True                                                     False

            Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey.   Jesus entered Jerusalem on an elephant.

The people were happy to see Jesus.     The people shouted, “Crucify him!”

The people shouted “Hosanna!”           The disciples stole the donkey.

The children waved palm branches.       Jesus entered Rome on Palm Sunday.

People made a carpet for Jesus with      People threw rocks at Jesus.

            with their coats.


  1. Show pictures of palm trees.  If you have them, show the children a palm branch and a pussy willow.  Let them hold and touch. 


  1. Make a Jesus Palm Branch: Cut lots of green construction paper leaves. Have the children brainstorm things that Jesus did or said. Write each on a leaf for each child or have them draw a picture of each on the leaf. Using a thin dowel or pipe cleaner for the stem, tape the leaves on the sides to make a palm branch.

Alternate craft: Cut donkey from gray construction paper and color or use yarn for mane and tail. Use clothespins colored gray with black hooves for legs to stand up. Then add green palm branch, cut from cardstock or construction paper, write "Hosanna" on it, and glue or tape to back of donkey. Nice table centerpiece to take home!


  1. Close with prayer.