Palm Sunday heralds the beginning of the celebration of our Lord’s Paschal mystery. We commemorate welcoming Jesus as he was welcomed into Jerusalem by the people carrying palm branches. As is tradition, we hold high palm branches or leaves to hail Christ in His triumph, and sing His praises. Hosanna in the Highest Heavens!As we raise our hands in praise of Jesus, I thought, what could be a better way to make palms…than with our hands! This is a great craft for primary grades as you read to them the Gospel from Matthew 21, 1-11.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Green construction paper (a mix of dark and light)
Brown construction paper
Printouts of the words or phrases that welcomed Jesus (“Hosanna!”, “Hosanna in the Highest!”, etc.)
pencil, scissors, and glue
How to make “Palms”:
(1) Trace each child’s hands on green paper for leaf cutouts. You may use 2 to 4 hand cutouts for each palm branch. Carefully cut out each traced hand. Cut strips of brown paper about 1-2 inches wide and 6-8 inches long to serve as stems.
(2) Glue the green hand cutouts onto the stem, arranging them so the fingers are pointing out, forming the outward fronds of the palm leaf.
(3) Cut the phrases and glue one in the front of each leaf.
It’s fun to have each child decide on the choice of light or dark green paper as well as how many hand cutouts to use for their own palm branch. You are guaranteed to have a good variety!