The Palm Story
What You Need: “The Palm Story” Activity Page (DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE) , Bibles, scissors, Ziploc bags
What You Do: Cut out the palm leaves.
- Mix up the palm leaves and hand them out, at least one to each kid.
- One at a time, ask each kid / family member to read their palm leaf out loud.
- Work together to put the leaves in correct story order on the floor.
- Use the Bible for help when needed.
- When the kids are done, read the palm leaves to tell the entire story.
- What were the people waiting for in the story?
- Why were the people celebrating?
- Were the people in the story able to celebrate even though they were still waiting?
- What is this month’s Bible verse? Review the monthly Bible verse together as a family.
- Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14 (NIrV)
What You Say: “That’s right! For hundreds of years, God’s people had been waiting for a Savior. Every year at Passover, they celebrated how God had freed them from slavery in Egypt. And they looked forward to how God would one day rescue them again. They welcomed Jesus into the city with a big celebration. Palm Sunday reminds us that [Bottom Line] you can celebrate even when you’re waiting.”
Pass and Wait
What You Need: Bible, spoons and plastic egg
What You Do: Quickly review Psalm 27:14 and ask if anyone wants to say it from memory.
- Instruct kids / family members to sit in a circle.
- Give each family member a spoon.
- Tell them that you will give one family member a plastic egg, and they will say the first word of the memory verse. Then, they pass the egg to the next family member on their right, using only their spoon.
- That family member will say the second word of the verse as they pass the egg to their right.
- “Wait” (pass egg), “on” (pass egg), “the” (pass egg) and so on, until the entire verse has been recited.
- Whoever ends up with the last word of the memory verse is out of the game and can sit on the sidelines and celebrate their other teammates!
- Continue passing the egg and repeating the verse until there is only one kid left.
What You Say: “Waiting isn’t so bad when you’re having a good time! Have you ever found yourself waiting for something, but the time flew by because you were having so much fun? (Allow time for kids to think and share responses. If they have a hard time, prompt them with examples: Maybe you were on a long road trip, but your family played a ton of fun games on the way!) No matter where you find yourself waiting this week, remind yourself that [Bottom Line] you can celebrate even when you’re waiting.”