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Free Toddler Lesson - Week 3 (Palm Sunday) I Praise Jesus!

Concepts Children Learn:
Palm Sunday is a special day when Jesus rode a baby donkey to Jerusalem.
Jesus loves to hear our praise!
We can praise Jesus!
LESSON: For this lesson, the children are going on a "trip to Jerusalem", pretending to be there with Jesus and the disciples for the triumphal entry into Jerusalem! They stop at stations along the way to hear the story and in all of the fun activities: They help untie the donkey, put clothes on the donkey, wave palm branches, lay clothes down on the path, and sing praises to Jesus (song with actions). There are coloring pages to do before the lesson, and crafts and snack to do at the end.

Bible Verse: Psalm 9:1 Other verses used for reference: Matthew 21:9-17, Mark 11:1-19, Luke 19:29-48, John 12:12-19).

Supplies Needed for Lesson:

donkey craft, Page 1 and Page 2 (with jacket pattern) Scotch tape old shirts or jackets
Color OR B&W Story Pages: Color: 1, 2, 3 (bw only, 4 lesson page and activities page (for songs and action rhyme) masking tape stapler, staples
B&W 1, 2, 3, 4. construction paper or fabric (green and other colors) yarn or thin rope bucket or basket of stones
Crayons or markers if using b&w story pages (to color them) clear shelf paper toy fence (optional) children's musical instruments or noisemakers

TEACHER PREP: Print b&w OR color Story Pictures on card stock and cover with clear shelf paper. Print Stand-up Donkey craft, Page 1 and Page 2 * Also use one of the jackets on Craft Page 2 as a pattern to cut coats out of construction paper or fabric. Use rolled tape to give to the children to stick these to the donkey's back during the lesson. Make a sample of the Stand-up Donkey craft. On the day before class, mark off the path that you will be taking with masking tape (in one room or more than one). Station 2 should be set off to the side of the main path, on the way to Station 3. Place the pictures along the path, at the station indicated on this page. For Station 2: Before the lesson tie the Stand-Up Donkey loosely to a toy fence or wooden object, or tape the yarn (going around the donkey's neck) to the wall or other object. Once the children bring it to you, continue bringing it with you the whole trip. At Station 4, have a pile of old shirts or jackets lying by the side of the path (enough for each child to have at least one piece of clothing). At Station 5, have palm branches within the children's reach that they have to "break off" of a tree that you made: (Either draw a tree on the chalk board and tape palm branches made from construction paper, or make a tree out of construction paper and staple branches to your bulletin board, and staple the palm branches to that). At Station 6, have a small bucket or basket of stones close by.

When you get to each station, sit down and have the children gather around you. Ask one child to pick up the story picture and give it to you. Read the section of the story for each Station as you hold up the Story Picture (if a picture is used). Start with the intro to get the children excited about the trip. (Only read words that are not in parentheses for the lesson. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do. The numbers in parentheses tell you what picture to hold up while you are telling the story).

INTRO: Today we're going to hear a true Bible story about the special trip that Jesus took. On this trip, Jesus went to Jerusalem. He walked there with his friends. When people take a trip now, they usually go in a car, or bus, or airplane. But, back then in Bible Times, sometimes they rode animals to go places, and sometimes they walked. Jesus had taken many trips to Jerusalem before. But this time was special. On this trip to Jerusalem, Jesus rode on a baby donkey! Who wants to go on this trip to Jerusalem with me? I think it will be lots of fun! We'll see pictures along the way and learn what happened on Jesus' trip. We'll follow along on this path that is right here (point to path). Let's all line up, and then off we go to Jerusalem! (Take the children to Station 1 of your course.)

Station 1 - Picture 1 Two disciples untying donkey

It was an exciting time of year. Every year at this time, all the people from far away took a trip to Jerusalem to celebrate. Let's pretend that we are going on a trip to Jerusalem with Jesus and his friends. Jesus had been to Jerusalem many times before. But this time, it was special. You see, long before it every happened, a prophet told us that Jesus would go to Jerusalem in a different way this time. The prophet told us that this time Jesus would be riding on a little baby donkey!

(1) As Jesus and his friends were walking along, he sent two of his friends to go on ahead to the next town. He told them they would find a baby donkey. He asked them to untie the little donkey and to bring it back to him. He also told them that if anybody asked them why they were taking the little donkey, to just tell them that the Lord needed it. So, who wants to be Jesus' friends? I need two friends to go get the little donkey and bring it back to us. (Send two children to Station 2 who want to be the disciples to go ahead on the path and find the donkey and untie him, and bring it to you.)

Station 2 (only 2 kids go here) - Stand-Up Donkey sample.

(Stand-up Donkey is at station 2 tied up. When they get to the donkey, the assistant helps the children untie the donkey. (Direct the children to take the donkey back to the teacher.)

Station 1, again- Stand-Up Donkey sample and clothes

(When the children get back to you, hold up the Stand-up Donkey). Thank you very much, you brought me the little donkey! You are such good helpers - just like Jesus' friends helped Jesus on that special day! Now let's hear the rest of our Bible story. After Jesus' friends brought the baby donkey back to Jesus, they placed some clothes on its back. Then they helped Jesus get up on the little donkey to ride him. I have some clothes for each of you to put on the donkey's back. (Give the children the clothes that you cut out from the pattern. Show them how to place the clothes on the donkey's back). Very good. What good helpers I have! Let's all stand up and sing a song before we continue. (Sing Praise Song # 1). That was wonderful. Now let's keep going on our trip to Jerusalem with Jesus and his friends. Everybody come with me!

Station 3 - Picture 2 - Children with clothes and palm branches.

(Take the Stand-up Donkey and stand it up at the each station or hold it. (2) The people knew that Jesus was going to Jerusalem, so they were very excited to see him! Let's look at this picture. Can anybody tell me what the people in this picture are doing? (Give the children time to answer, then say:) Yes, One thing they are doing was laying down their clothes for the donkey to ride on!. That's exactly what the people did as Jesus rode into Jerusalem! Does anyone know why the people did this? It was to show Jesus how much they loved him. It was a way to tell Jesus that they wanted him to be their king! So let's all pretend that we are the people in the crowd. We can take the clothes from that pile (point to your pile of clothes) and lay them down on the path so our donkey can ride over them. (Make the donkey "ride" over the clothes by carrying it while walking on the clothes that the children lay down for you.) Good job! Let's keep going and see what happens next! Everybody come with me!

Station 4 - Picture 2

(Picture 2 again) Who can tell me what else the people are doing in this picture? The people loved Jesus so much that they went and got some palm branches to wave in the air. They ran out to see Jesus, and shouted praises to him! They were so happy to see Jesus because of all of the miracles they had seen him do. Many people in the crowd had seen Jesus bring Lazarus back to life after he died! They had seen Jesus make people all better when they were sick, and make them walk again too! So, now we can pretend we are the children in the crowd. We can each get a palm branch from the bulletin board - or chalk board - and wave it and sing praises to Jesus. Did you know that Jesus is in heaven right now. And he can hear our praise songs! (Have assistant help them get the palm branches. Let's sing another song to the Lord. (After they get their palm branches, show them how to wave them in the air while singing (Praise Song #2). You all sounded so wonderful! Jesus loves to hear your praises! Now we can lay down our palm branches on the path like the people did as we go on to Jerusalem! think we are almost there! (Continue bringing the donkey with you. Make him "ride" over the palm branches to the next station.)

Station 5 - Picture 3 - Pharisees.

(Have a child pick up Picture 3 in Station 6). Look at the people in this picture. They look mean, don't they? They look mad too. Why do you think they have their hands over their ears? These two people are the mean leaders. They were the church leaders. But, they didn't love Jesus. You see, they were mad. Jesus was getting all of the attention. This made them mad. They told Jesus to make the people stop shouting praises to him. But do you know what Jesus said? Jesus told them that if the people were quiet, then the stones would praise him! (Point to the bucket of stones). God is able to make even stones praise him if the people won't. Now I have a fun rhyme that we do. There are actions too! I'll show you how it goes. (Show them how to do the Action Rhyme, then do again with the children).

Station 6 - Picture 4 - Children praising God

Later, in the temple the mean leaders heard the children shouting praises to Jesus! This made the mean leaders really mad. They asked Jesus if he heard the children? Jesus told that he did hear them. Then Jesus told them that the Bible says that children and babies would praise him. Then Jesus left to go back to Bethany to stay there for the night. So, you see, Jesus loved to hear the children praise him; And, he loves to hear your praises too!

What are some of the ways we praise Jesus - Can anybody tell me? (Give the children a chance to answer, then continue). We can praise Jesus when we pray. We can praise Jesus when we sing. We can raise our hands, or even shout praises to the Lord. We can also make music to the Lord by playing an instrument like the drums or a trumpet!

Who can tell me some things we can praise Jesus for? (Give the children a chance to answer). That's right. We can praise him for loving us so much. We can praise him for being kind. We can praise him for giving us the Bible to learn about him. There are many, many things to praise Jesus for. So, before we end our trip, let's go back to Bethany where we started. We can all play music to Jesus with these instruments that I will give you. (Give each child a musical instrument to play as you go back on the path the way you came). Then we can say our prayer and make some crafts to take home.

PRAYER: Allow children to take turns praying after you or a helper prays.

Transition: Now we have some fun Palm Sunday crafts to make.

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