WEEK 3 TODDLER ACTIVITIES AND GAMES

PALM SUNDAY - I PRAISE JESUS!

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The Pretend Play activities are built into the lesson and include: Pretending to go on a trip to Jerusalem with Jesus, placing clothes on donkey's back, waving palm branches, placing clothes down on path. For instructions, go to lesson page.

Song #1 - Off We Go To Jerusalem! Sung to the tune of 'If You're Happy And You Know It'. This is an action song with hand motions. The words on the left correspond to the actions on the right. Sing the song, showing the actions once, then ask them to try to do the song and actions with you.

Off we go-o to Jerusalem. (stomp, stomp). Off we go-o to Jerusalem. (stomp, stomp). Stomp feet.
We'll follow the little donkey, and the one who rides on him. O-oh, off we go-o to Jerusalem. (stomp, stomp). Make donkey ears with index fingers. Point up. Stomp feet.
Jesus is the one who rides on him. (clap, clap). Jesus is the one who rides on him. (clap, clap). Point up.
He rides oh so gently, and he rides oh so humbly. Jesus is the one who rides on him. (clap, clap). Point up.
All the people sing and sho-ut praise. (Hallelujah!) All the people sing and sho-ut praise. (Hallelujah!) Place hands on sides of mouth).
They break off a branch, and high above they wave. All the people sing and sho-ut praise. (Hallelujah!) Pretend break off branch and wave it).
The people thought of Jesus as their king. (Hoo-ray!) The people thought of Jesus as their king. (Hoo-ray!) Place hands on sides of mouth).
They wave the branches high-igh. And then they shout and sing. Oh, the people thought of Jesus as their king. (Hoo-ray!) Pretend to wave a branch high.
Now its my-y turn to shout and sing. (Praise the Lord!) Now its my-y turn to shout and sing. (Praise the Lord!) Place hands on sides of mouth).
He's my-y everything, and he'll always be my king. Now its my-y turn to shout and sing. (Praise the Lord!) Place hands out to sides. Praise the Lord with your hands held high. Place hands on sides of mouth.

Song #2 - Jesus is My King. Sung to the tune of Farmer in the Dell (shortened). Slow down the last sentence of the song. This is an action song with hand motions. The words on the left correspond to the actions on the right. Sing the song, showing the actions once, then ask them to try to do the song and actions with you.

Jesus is my king. Jesus is my king. Point up.
That is why I love to sing, that Jesus is my King. Point up.
Jesus is my Lord. Jesus is my Lord. Make cross with index fingers of both hands.
I learn of hi-im in God's word. Jesus is my Lord. Make cross with index fingers of both hands
Jesus is my king. Jesus is my king. Point up.
He leads me in everything. Jesus is my king. Point up.
Jesus is my friend. Jesus is my friend. Hug yourself.
He stays with me-e to the end. Jesus is my friend. Hug yourself.
Jesus is my king. Jesus is my king. Point up.
(shout) That is why I shout and sing. He'll always be my king. Point up.
Action Rhyme
The little, little children, shouted praises to Jesus. Place hands down low with palm up, then point up.
They sang praises, just like us! Point to yourself.
They sang and shouted, and jumped for joy. Jump high.
Everybody shout, every girl and boy! Place your hands by the sides of your mouth, like microphone.
The mean, mean leaders said, don't you hear? Shake your finger.
Those little kids, are hurting my ears! Cover your ears.
Then Jesus said, Haven't you heard? Cup ear.
Its all explained, in God's word. Put hands out as if holding Bible.
If they don't sing, the rocks will cry out. Point to each other.
(shout) So louder and louder, lets sing and shout! Place your hands by the sides of your mouth like microphone.
Toddler Game: Playing with Stand-Up Donkey Crafts
Items Needed: Piece of yarn, approximately 2', for each child. Toy fence, extra clothes made from craft pattern. Go to Arts and Crafts for week 3 for donkey craft and clothes pattern. If there is any remaining time, give piece of yarn to each child. They can take turns pretending to be the disciples that go get the baby donkey for Jesus, like the two children acted out during the lesson. Show them how to tie and untie their donkeys to a play fence or tape the end of the yarn to a wall. Have some extra clothes cut from the patterns to tape onto the donkeys' backs