Jesus Enters Jerusalem: Three Activities for Preschool Families

“Hosanna” is a word that means “Save!” It was the people’s way of giving Jesus honor and worship by recognizing that He was the One who truly had the power to save them. This week celebrate with your child the excitement that comes with knowing that Jesus is the Savior whom God promised.

HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…

This week your child learned that Jesus entered the city with great fanfare because He was the savior that God had promised. Jesus sent two disciples into the village to find a donkey. They were to untie it and bring it to him. If anyone questioned them, they were to say that the Lord needed them (the donkey and her colt). They brought them to Him and placed their cloaks on the colt so Jesus could ride the colt into town. Large crowds of people spread their cloaks on the road and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road before Him. And the people shouted, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!” (Ma hew 21: 1‐11, Mark 11: 1‐11, Luke 19: 28‐44, John 12:12‐19)

Teaching Truths:

  1. Jesus was the Savior whom God promised.

Memory Verse:

"But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." Romans 5:8 (NLT)

Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!

3 Activities that remind us that Jesus was the Savior whom God promised:

1. Palm Leaf

Make a green palm leaf... Either dip your child’s hand in green paint and make several handprints in the shape of a palm leaf or trace your child’s hand on green paper. Cut out the handprints and let your child glue the handprints on white construction paper in the shape of a palm leaf. Cut away the excess white paper so the paper is in the shape of a palm branch.

2. Jesus in the Parade

When Jesus came into Jerusalem it was like he was leading a parade. Line up stuffed animals or dolls in row like they are watching the parade. Take turns with your child pretending to be Jesus in the parade or in the crowd watching Jesus. Use a broom stick for the donkey for Jesus to ride upon and wave the palm branch your child made earlier and shout Hosanna as Jesus rides by.

After you have acted out the story, talk with your child about it using these questions:

  1. What is the name of the city Jesus went to?
  2. How did the people feel when they saw Jesus?
  3. Why did the people put their coats on the ground and wave palm branches?
  4. What did the people shout when they saw Jesus?
  5. What does Hosanna mean?

TEACHABLE MOMENT: Let your child help you make the salad for dinner tonight. Have your child help you place all the x-ins’ for the salad in a zip-lock bag including the dressing and close it ght. Have your child wave the bag of salad up and down just as people waved palm branches as Jesus rode into Jerusalem.

3. Lazarus Song

Go on a quick nature walk with your child and collect several leaves. Grab a sheet or two of green construction paper and cut it into a large palm leaf. Go outside on a calm day and arrange the leaves on the construction paper. Leave the paper and the leaves in the sun. Several hours later remove the leaves and sun will have faded the paper but le leaf shapes. Use the palm leaf and march around the backyard yelling Hosanna.


Lord, thank you for sending Jesus down to earth to save me from my sins. Help me to always praise your name!

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