Palm Sunday (C)

Children Activities – Prodigal Son

Children Activities – Prodigal Son

Children Activities – Prodigal Son


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Stations of the Cross by Children

HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH – Youth ministry from Holy family Church Thunder bay, produced such a prayerful stations of the Cross for Children Good Friday Service 2019.

Catholic Resources


The readings for Palm Sunday Year C (Passion Sunday) tell of the death of Jesus Christ, who showed us the true meaning of love and the nature of God.

YOUNG CATHOLICS – The reading for the procession of the palms recounts how Jesus was greeted by crowds while entering Jerusalem. The first reading tells how we will be saved by a servant. The psalm was quoted by Jesus from the cross. The second reading speaks of the how Jesus was obedient to the Father. And in the gospel we remember how Jesus suffered and died for each of us, so that we could know life.


  • Taking the difficult path
  • Suffering
  • The Pascal mystery
  • Jesus as king of our lives
  • Being fickle

SOURCE: Young Catholics

Cross with Palms

SOURCE:  Catholic Children’s Liturgy Program Plans (Used worldwide since 2000)

PDF Handouts

Society of Christian Doctrine (SDC)
S.D.C. is a Catholic Society in the United Kingdom that works in the field of Catechesis and the spreading of the Word of God in different ways. Its website provides catechists and teachers with free resources that can be used in different situations to help passing on the faith to others.

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Catholic Kids Bulletin
SOURCE: The Kids’ Bulletin: A fun way for Catholic kids to learn about the Faith every week.
SOURCE: Diocese of Salford Office for Liturgy

Liturgical Activities


SOURCE: the Liturgy Centre, Catholic Diocese of Auckland. Click to download PDF

Family Activities

  • During Holy Week we remember and celebrate the depth of God’s love for us. Ask each member of the family to share how he or she can spread God’s love at home this week.
  • Display the new palm branches that each member of the family brings home from church in a prominent place where everyone can see them. The branches are a reminder of what Jesus did for us, his death and resurrection. Focus on welcoming Jesus as king in your home and in your hearts.
  • What can you do this Holy Week to help make it special for you and your family? How will you take time out as a family to celebrate the upcoming Triduum?
  • When you gather for dinner, light a candle and talk about the events in the last week of Jesus’ life. Divide the reading of the passion into segments and read one part each evening this week.
SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor: Lifelong Catechesis

Word Sunday

Palm Cross

The palms passed out at church can make simple art forms, especially crucifixes. Use several palms to make a crucifix and place it on a wall where everyone can see it. Then share Luke 19:28-40.

Explain how the parade welcoming Jesus would soon be an angry mob seeking his death. During the week, read Luke 23:1-49 in sections, a few passages each day, ending on Good Friday.

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Triumphal Entry

5_Triumphal EntryScripture Reference: Matthew 21:1-11

Suggested Emphasis: Praise Jesus and God.

Memory Verse: “Therefore I will praise you, LORD, among the nations. I will sing the praises of your name. ” Psalm 18:49 NIV


SOURCE: Mission Bible Class by Mary Nelson ©2011-2022, used by permission


Free Printable Bible Lessons

VIDEO: Easy Palm Sunday Craft for children



Free Sunday School Curriculum New Testament Lessons | Old Testament Lessons

Preschool Lesson Packet (15 pages – PDF)

MATT D’ANTUONO (6:14) – This video is a reading and reflection on the Sunday Gospel for kids for Palm Sunday, 2022. Matt is a high school teacher, a Catholic speaker and author of several books. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and eight children. He is working on a MA in philosophy specializing in Christian Wisdom from Holy Apostles College in Cromwell, CT. He blogs regularly at National Catholic Register.

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The Joy of Palm Sunday

VIRTUAL SUNDAY SCHOOL (8:11) – In this video we look at the theme of ‘JOY’ and the Bible story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday). And we even have our own theme song!

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SBC Kids (8:09) – Palm Sunday Morning Message (During lockdown in 2020 using Matthew’s Gospel) with Becky Howell and Kids Team. Together we learn about Jesus fulfilling Prophecy, the Baby Colt, the Palm Branches, and a Resurrection Garden Craft.
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CROSSROADS KID’S CLUB (8:54) – What’s Palm Sunday, and what does it have to do with Jesus being our king!? Join Mae and find out! After you’ve watched the video, use these convo starters to talk about it. Plus, find coloring pages and activity sheets here.
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TRUEWAY KIDS  (9:31) – Easy to make Palm Sunday Craft using hands. Download lesson, coloring pages, worksheets and more for free.
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KIDS ENJOYING JESUS (9:00)This Praise Word Scramble is a simple Bible lesson for kids that’s perfect for Palm Sunday or any other time you want to teach kids about praising God. This lesson includes a Bible game and simple praise songs to teach kids about the meaning of praise words like Hosanna, Hallelujah, and more! Kids will enjoy racing to unscramble the Bible words faster than the video as they learn about Jesus, the Savior King.
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MINISTRY TO CHILDREN (7:11) -Lessons are prepared by Kristin Schmidt, who serves at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Castle Rock, CO. Use your own judgment in adapting it when including it in your children’s ministry.

Optional Materials: Palm branches, branch of other type, stuffed animal(s), flag. Use these items to make the lesson hands-on. Have the children take turns waving the items as you tell the story.

Children’s Message (Luke 19:28-40) Hosanna! The Meaning of Palm Sunday


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DOLLAR STORE CHILDREN’S SERMONS (5:24) -This video is presented by John Stevens, a Lutheran (ECLA) pastor; Use your own judgment in adapting it when including it in your children’s ministry.

Text: Luke 19:28-40, Luke 22:1423:56

Dollar Store Item: Bag of Rocks, Your hand.

Take Away: We move from praising Jesus, to finger pointing. Or We have to cry out!!


Jesus forgives and promises the good thief will be with him in paradise

Making the Connection


Grades 1-3
Lead younger children to understand that Jesus’ Death on the Cross for our salvation was the greatest act of love for us. Even in his suffering and Death, Jesus shows us his way of love.


Making the Connection


Grades 4-6
Before Jesus died on the cross, he promised the good thief that he would be with him in paradise. Through his death on the cross, Jesus prepares a place in paradise for all of us.


Making the Connection


Grades 7 and 8
Many people are intrigued by the meaning that can be gleaned from the last words people speak before they die. In Jesus’ final words spoken from the cross, we hear his life’s work summed up and completed.


Lectionary Resources

Catechist Background and Preparation
Primary Session
Intermediate Session
Junior High School

Catholic Doctrine

The meaning of suffering

PRIMARY SESSION – The passion and death of Jesus leads to the glorious resurrection. Jesus’ passover from death to new life has given us the gift of new life. We share in Jesus’ suffering on the cross when we go through hard times, and we too will share in his resurrection and new life. Everyone at some time in their life experiences sickness, pain and suffering. Jesus knows what it is like to suffer and he helps us through these tough times. While Jesus was on earth he had compassion on those who were sick and he worked miracles of healing. As followers of Jesus we are encouraged to help those who are sick and suffering.

SOURCE: LECTIONARY RESOURCES  (RCL Benzinger) – All Rights Reserved

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The Passion for Kids

CATHOLIC KIDS MEDIA – Palm Sunday C (2022).



Teacher and mom, THERESA, creates Kids’ Bulletins, a resource for Catholic kids about the readings for Sunday’s Mass every week. More resources.
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Holy Week starts for Big Al

FATHER JOE & BIG AL – Palm Sunday C (2022).


Praise Parade

Objects suggested: Kazoos, pom poms, noisemakers, flags, drums, triangles, tambourines (anything that would be used to celebrate at a parade)

EXCERPT: Do you know what we are going to do this morning? We are going to have a parade! (Start passing out music instruments as you continue.) I brought a lot of musical instruments, noise makers, and flags — enough for everyone. What should we call our parade? How about the Praise Parade? We are going to have a Praise Parade for Jesus! (When you have finished passing out all of the instruments, lead the children in a parade around the room, through the hallway and back again.) Here we go, follow me. (Lead kids in shouting, “Hosannah!” and “Glory in the highest!”)

Wow! That was exciting, wasn’t it? There is hardly anything that is more fun and exciting than a parade. Have you ever been to a parade? Perhaps it was a circus parade, or a Christmas parade, but I am sure you have all been to a parade. Sometimes a parade is part of a really big celebration. Our parade today reminds me of something that took place in the city of Jerusalem about 2,000 years ago.

Coloring Page  Crossword  Crossword  Fill in the Blank  Group Activities  Word Search  Word Shape

SOURCE: SERMONS 4 Kids – All Rights Reserved; Click on title to read entire sermon.

Jesus and the Donkey

By Dr. Carol J Miller

Objects: Have a folder of pictures of a donkey.

EXCERPT: Today is a special day for people like us, people who follow Jesus. Today is Palm Sunday. When Jesus entered the capitol city, Jerusalem, it was also kind of a scary day. A lot of powerful people did not like Jesus. They didn’t like him because the crowds were listening to the wonderful things Jesus said. They were not listening to the powerful people they used to listen to. The powerful people were so angry that they had made a secret deal with each other to kill Jesus as soon as they got the chance!

Jesus knew what they were planning to do. And that is why Jesus got a donkey. Now you might be asking yourself, “What has a secret plan to kill Jesus got to do with a donkey?” Well, I’ll tell you. In those days—2000 years ago—if a warrior or a general or a king wanted to attack a city and take over and be the new leader, he would come into that town on a war horse. Have you ever stood next to a really big horse? I mean a really BIG horse? They are huge and very powerful—and a little frightening. Behind the leader on his big war horse would come all that king’s soldiers, each one carrying weapons; swords and things like that. They were ready to fight!

Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Click on title to read entire sermon.

Praising God

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects: A stone.

EXCERPT: Have there been times when you feel so happy and grateful you just have to sing or whistle or shout? What are some of the things that make you feel that way?

I’ll list some of my favorite things and perhaps you will share some of yours.

It makes me happy to hear children laugh. I can’t help but laugh too and it makes me want to sing with the joy of it.

Some types of beautiful music cause me to sing or hum along, and sometimes loudly!

Certain foods are delicious. I love many fruits and vegetables, but the experience of eating dark chocolate makes me want to shout out loud.

What are some of your favorite things; the things that make you so happy and grateful you want to sing or whistle or shout?

Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Click on title to read entire sermon. – GOSPEL

The Prodigal Son

By Nathanael Vissia

Objects suggested: Print out the picture at end of this .pdf or use fake money from Monopoly

Lesson is divided into FOUR PARTS: Ask, Tell, Share the Good News, and Closing Prayer


  • Hold up picture / fake dollar bill ] I have a question for you – can you tell me what this is? (a dollar bill)
  • That’s right – and what does a dollar bill do? (it buys things)
  • So if I bought something for a dollar – we’d say, “it’s worth a dollar,” right? (right)



  • I wanted us to talk about wasting money because in some ways that’s what today’s scripture story is about.
  • In the story that we heard Jesus tell in the scripture passage that was read today, there is a child, a son, who asks for a lot of his father’s money.
  • The father gives the child the money. The son then leaves home and wastes all of the money – just like I ripped up the dollar a few moments ago.



  • One of the reasons Jesus tells this story is because we often think like the son does.
  • We often think that things are just as important to God as we are.
  • We think God won’t be friends with us if we ripped up some of the things that that God gave us.




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SERMON WRITER – 2nd Reading

New Beginnings

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects: Pictures of a snake shedding its skin

EXCERPT: Some of you may not like the idea of snakes, but let’s see if we can learn something from their behavior. Did you know that a snake sheds its skin? Some of you may have actually seen an old skin that a snake has left behind. It is usually all in one piece, in the shape of a snake, and looks dried out.

Snakes shed their skin because they need more room to grow and they may do this once a year or several times a year. It is similar to when you outgrow your clothes and need to get larger ones that fit better.

The snake starts a rip in its skin by rubbing against something rough and then it slips out of its skin in the way you pull off your stockings. Beneath the old skin is a beautiful new skin that will allow the snake to grow.

Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Click on title to read entire sermon.


Virtue of the Week



The servant listens and responds to the Lord and strives to accomplish God’s saving purpose. While those devoted to God’s service will experience rejection, mental and physical abuse, and sometimes even death, they are given God’s words and skills to proclaim God’s message to everyone. Even in the midst of abuse, the servant never moves from total trust in God, who has given the mission of salvation, because they know that they will ultimately enjoy divine recognition.


The passage encourages the Philippians and us to see Jesus as the model of service. Saint Paul is clear that this means emptying ourselves so that we may take on the person of Christ and imitate him in our lives of service.


During the final meal that Jesus shares with his apostles, he tells them that their leadership of the Church should be that of servant leadership. He defines their roles as totally different from what they have seen and experienced, saying: Let the greatest among you be as the youngest, and the leader as the servant.

SOURCE: Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University; “Build. Plant. Grow.” = a free faith formation resource which aligns with the Liturgical Year of the Roman Catholic Church. The accompanying video is NOT associated with Markkula Center.

Lectionary Notes by Carolyn C. Brown

Palm Branches

The single strips of greenery often distributed to the congregation are not palm branches.  They are at best leaves from palm branches or even sections of leaves.  Children handed one of them and told to wave their palm branches are puzzled.  For good reason, they cannot imagine people waving such a thing to welcome Jesus.  So, to help them join the crowd on Palm Sunday provide them with real palm branches.  (They can be ordered from the same distributors at not that much greater a price.)

SOURCE: Worshiping with Children: A blog by Carolyn C. Brown, a Certified Christian Educator in the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA).

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MRS. K’S BOOK WORM ADVENTURES (8:05) – Let’s listen as I read aloud, “Little Colt’s Palm Sunday” by Michelle Medlock Adams and illustrated by Wayne Parmenter.

Little Colt’s Palm Sunday

The story of Jesus entering Jerusalem is told through the eyes and words of the “Little” colt who carried him. Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week. Jesus rode into Jerusalem over 2,000 years ago, on a donkey to large crowds who were laying palm branches and cloaks on the ground as he rode by. The crowd was very excited. But, have you ever wondered what the donkey was thinking as he brought Jesus into Jerusalem? Do you think he was scared?


Hard Tasks and Bragging

Children’s Readings / Christ’s Passion

Opening Questions: What is the hardest test you have ever taken? How did you feel after you finished the test? Were you proud of your test grade? Why? Has anyone ever bragged about something you did that was hard? What was it?

  • Being Judged Unfairly
  • When Others Make You Suffer
  • Being Made Fun Of
  • Glory


SOURCE:; Used with permission.

Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey colt

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BIBLE BLOCKS (1:50) – On Palm Sunday according to the Bible Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey colt while crowds of people waved palm branches and shouted, “Hosanna! Blessed is the King of Israel that comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna!”

Palm Sunday

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THE ACTION BIBLE (2:13) – Jesus makes His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. Based on Luke 19:28-40; Matthew 21:1-11

Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

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BIBLE FOR KIDS (26:43) – In the accounts of the four canonical Gospels, Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem takes place in the days before the Last Supper, marking the beginning of his Passion.

Jesus Dies on the Cross

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BIBLE FOR KIDS (26:43) – The crucifixion of Jesus occurred in 1st-century Judea, most likely between AD 30 and 33. Jesus’ crucifixion is described in the four canonical gospels, referred to in the New Testament epistles, attested to by other ancient sources, and is established as a historical event confirmed by non-Christian sources, although there is no consensus among historians on the exact details.

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