As we approach Holy Week each year, the thought that comes to mind is Jesus’ determination to fulfill his calling as he sets his face toward Jerusalem. Knowing what is to come, he grieves not for himself, but for God’s people.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.
Then, what a difference a week makes. It starts with such joy and celebration among the common people and plotting among the leaders. How alone Jesus must have felt even in the midst of the cheers of Hosanna. He knew what was to come in the days ahead.
Palm Sunday and Easter Crafts
The children’s crafts I’ve made focus on the joy. The joy of the triumphant entry. The joy of the angel’s declaration, “He is not here. He is risen.” As adults, we know the somber days in between. And children can sense are mood even if they are not old enough for all the details.
This is one of my favorite Easter songs.
The crafts are two different versions of dioramas. I created both a black/white version to color and a full-color version. You can print on copy paper or card stock.
Cutting and folding tips for the Palm Sunday diorama are shown below.
Cut, color, fold, and glue as shown in the example.
The diorama template for the Empty Tomb craft is an idea from my card-making days. The best way to understand the folds is to look at the folding image in the printable.
May we always celebrate the miracle of the Empty Tomb.