Unit: Jesus Is Alive!

Session Title: The Triumphal Entry

Life Point: Jesus came to earth to save people from their sins.

Unit Verse: “Nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

Weekly Bible Verse: “We have heard for ourselves and know that this is really the Savior of the world.” John 4:42

Bible Passage: Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12

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Craft: Holy Week Box
This is something that would be great for the kids to put together for their families to do during Holy Week. All the instructions and even a devotional guide are on the website below. There is some prep in getting the materials for this so you will want to start this sooner rather than later.
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Craft: Song and Palm Branch Collage
Have students make palm branches out of different colors of green and brown paper. You could bring in scrapbook paper in these colors as well. They then would write out the song that is in the picture and color green and brown behind it to represent the ground of the road.
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Craft: “Palm” Branch
Have student trace their hands about 8-10 times on green construction paper and then cut out. They will then glue them to a long thin piece of construction paper representing the branch.
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Craft: Palm Branch Craft (for older children)
If you watch the video they will teach you had to make a cross from a palm branch. We will be distributing palm branches to children as they leave on Sunday. If you decide to do this craft just pick up the palm branches for your class before it starts. Children who attend Marketplace fol-lowing their LIFE Group will need to leave their palm branches in the Children’s Welcome Area during Marketplace.
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Game: Palm Branch Pass
The pdf attached has all the instructions.
Source: The Big Book of Bible Crafts #2
Palm Branch Pass PDF

Game: Palm Branch Pick Up
The pdf attached has all the instructions.
Source: The Big Book of Bible Crafts #2
Palm Branch Pick Up PDF

Craft: Calvary Hill Paper Plate Craft
The website has all the instructions for how to make this great craft to show the crosses on Calvary Hill. (This craft does come from a Catholic website.)
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Craft: Tie Dye Easter Crosses
A fun and easy craft that kids in any grade will love. I know we have the dot paint in the preschool area if you are looking for it.
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Craft: Nail Cross (Older Kids)
The site shows a more extensive project but you could simplify it by just making the cross of nails. You of course would want to be very careful with the sharp nails and wire. I think it would be something the older kids would love and help remind them of what Jesus did.
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Craft: Crown of Thorns Bracelet
1. Craft wire
2. Scissors
3. Brown Cord
1. Cut three pieces of craft wire to measure about 6-inches long each.
2. Hold the three pieces of wire together. Wrap one end of one piece of wire around the other three to hold them together.
3. Braid the three strands of wire together loosely until you have reached a spot about two inches from their ends.
4. Wrap the end of one piece of wire around the other two to hold the braid together. Cut the ends of the wire off.
5. Cut five pieces of brown cord to each measure two inches long. Tie the pieces onto the bracelet evenly spaced around. These will be the thorns of the crown. Use scissors to cut the ends of the knots so the cord looks like thorns.
Tightly wrap brown cord over the ends of the bracelet to cover the ends of the wire. Tie the cord to secure it in place.
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Craft: Easter Story Wreath
The site has all the pieces for printing and instructions to make this wreath. This would be something good to make this week and then children can talk about it with their families on Easter Sunday.
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Activity: Easter Story Trivia Game
This pdf has everything you need to play this game including the questions and answers. I would play this with older kids as some of the questions are kind of hard but they do give the scripture reference if you want the kids to look up the answer in their Bibles as well.
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Craft: Jesus is Alive Tape Painting
Have students make a cross using two pieces of masking tape or painters tape (something that is not too sticky). Students will paint the background with a color or pattern and write “Jesus is Alive” around the cross. Once paint is dry, remove tape to make a cross on your paper. Note: you will want to use thicker paper if you are going to paint.
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Game: Road to Emmaus Game (Older Kids)
All the instructions are on the pdf. Great review game for older children.
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Road to Emmaus Game PDF

Craft: Walking with Jesus (Younger Children)
The disciples in the story walked with Jesus in person, but Christians hold that whoever believes in Jesus still walks with Him in his/her heart. Explain to children that believers can know for sure that Jesus’ resurrection was for real because the Bible says many people saw Him alive before He returned to heaven. Trace your children’s feet to make a take-home reminder to fol-low in His footsteps. Print labels that read “Jesus has really risen! Luke 24:34” and stick one to each foot or write the caption on each paper. Let the children color a road around the feet.
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Snack: Graham Cracker Road
Explain to children that the roads in Jesus’ time were dirty and dusty, unlike the paved roads of today. Make an old-style road by spreading frosting or peanut butter on a whole graham crack-er. Sprinkle crushed cookie crumbs over the top as the dust. Place three gummy bears on the road to represent the two disciples and Jesus.
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Craft: Eye Seeing Chart
Let children make a seeing eye chart, similar to one in an eye doctor’s office. The letters on the first line will be BIG, the letters on the second line will be a little smaller, the letters on the 3rd line will be a little smaller, etc. The title can be “SEEING JESUS”, etc. The words can be on the chalk board for the children to copy, such as JESUS HELPS US TO SEE AND UNDERSTAND OUR LIVES, or JESUS HELPS ME UNDERSTAND MORE CLEARLY WHEN I AM CONFUSED, or JESUS HELPS ME SEE THAT HE LOVES ME AND THERE IS NOTHING TO FEAR! ****For younger children, the teacher can have the letters lightly drawn for the children to trace over the above words on their eye charts!
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