This little Palm Sunday donkey craft helps you to remember the Easter story of the never-ridden-before donkey colt which Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem, while children waved palm branches and sang praises to Him.
This donkey colt can be made with heavy cardstock. If you don't have that, you can use lighter weight cardboard, like an empty cereal box for instance, and it can be reinforced by making a double layer of each pattern piece and gluing them together. Or glue a layer of decorative paper or cloth over the one layer. We will not give him a heavy load, so he just needs to be strong enough to stand up and to carry a little blanket saddle on his back.
First, you need to open this PDF file with the pattern, and print it out on your printer. Make as many copies as you have children who want to do this craft.
Each one cuts out his or her pattern pieces out of ordinary copy paper. There is a body piece, one for the hind legs, and one for the front legs, plus a pattern for the ears.
Now you lay the four pattern pieces for the Palm Sunday donkey on your cardstock, (or cereal box cardboard), and draw around the pattern pieces. Then you cut them out. Note that the slits for the joining of the parts may need to be cut a little deeper and wider than what the pattern pieces indicate. The lines there are just markers to show where the joints should come.
If you have chosen to strengthen your colt donkey with a double layer of cardboard, you need to take time to glue the matching pieces together.
Assemble the parts of the donkey, adjusting the slits or cuts as necessary. The larger legs go to the back of the donkey's body, and the smaller ones to the front. If you fold or bend the hind legs forward when you bring them up the slit in the body they will stand better.
Lastly, the ears go on top of his head. There. Your Palm Sunday Donkey craft is nearly finished!
We don't know this for a fact, but it is assumed that a blanket or someone's cloak was thrown over the donkey colt before Jesus rode on him in the true Bible story. So you will have to hunt around for a piece of soft cloth that you can cut to fit over the back of the donkey. Don't worry about any sewing on the cloth. Since this is just for display, it will not wear out.
Your finished donkey may look like this one. (We had cardstock that was a dark green on one side, and an eggshell yellow on the other. We also made one with two layers glued together so it looks like a dark green, or even blue in some lights - on both sides of each piece.
Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples; 2 and He said to them, "Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it. 3 And if anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' say, 'The Lord has need of it,' and immediately he will send it here."
4 So they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it. 5 But some of those who stood there said to them, "What are you doing, loosing the colt?"
6 And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded. So they let them go. 7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it. 8 And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
"Hosanna!'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!' 10 Blessed is the kingdom of our father David That comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"(Mark 11:1-10 NKJ)
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