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Cooking Lessons, Ideas, Activities, and Resources for Teaching Palm Sunday in Sunday School.

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Including: Palms, Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Bethany, Parade, Caiaphas, Annas, donkey, rocks and stones, and related. Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, John 12:12-19, Zechariah 9:9, etc., etc.
Bible lessons for Palm Sunday -with Cooking, Food, Bible Foods, Recipes, Baking, Preparation, etc

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Hand Palm Cookies

Playing on the double meaning of the word "palm".

Discussion begins around how people used their hands on Palm Sunday and jumps into how we can honor/celebrate Jesus:

The teacher can do the motion and ask kids to imitate it, then ask the discussion question.

AFTER the kids respond, each makes a "palm" cookie. They will end up making 5 or 6 palm cookies each.


  • Cookie Recipe: Use your favourite Sugar Cookie Recipe or see the recipe in this Widow's Mite Cooking Workshop written by Carol Hulbert, First United Methodist Church.
  • No Oven: pre-bake the cookies at home in advance.
  • No "Hand" Cookie Cutters: have them manually form a small palm cookie.
  • You could have the kids decorate the palm dough using baker's jell or granulated sugar/redhots to make the designs for each of the following "palms". Or.... you could just cut out palm cookies AFTER each mini-discussion, then bake, then apply icing as the decoration for each of the palm cookies... walking through the presentation a second time.

Hand Palm Cookie Script

Looking for Jesus by placing our hand to our brow.

  • What were the people hoping for?
  • How do we look for Jesus today and where will be find him?
  • Decoration idea: eyes

Waving at Jesus to welcome him.

  • How do we welcome Jesus?
  • Decoration: the words welcome drawn on cookie

Laying cloaks on the road.

  • How do we honor Jesus with what we have?
  • Decoration: candy buttons

Applauding Jesus.

  • What do we do to appreciate Jesus?
  • Decoration: two hands connected together with exclamation point drawn on.

Praying Hands.

  • People had prayed for the Messiah to come. What has/can Jesus do for us?

Nailed Hands.

  • Jesus gave his hands to the cross. How do we thank him for his forgiveness?
  • Decoration: line on palms to represent nails.

The original idea for this "palm" cookie double entendre came from member Lisa M, and was expanded by members Neil and Luanne.

A representative of reformatted this post to improve readability.

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Popcorn balls could be the stones who would cry out if Jesus' followers stayed quiet.

Member Amy Crane adapts Margie's above idea

A Palm Sunday lesson idea based on the verse about the rocks crying out.

Read and discuss the Palm Sunday passage in Luke 19:28-40. Talk about verse 40, Jesus' response to the Pharisees complaint about all the noise his fans were making: “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.” (NRSV)

Make popcorn balls (which look like stones, right?) and talk about what sorts of things the stones would shout out about Jesus. Praise? Thanks? (for what?) Encouragement?

The internet is full of recipes for popcorn balls. Here is a simple one.

Last edited by Luanne Payne

How about constructing the "scene" of Jesus' triumphal ride into Jerusalem using edible "construction" materials such as the infinitely moldable "Rice Krispie Treats."

(Tip: add a little more marshmallow and butter so they don't quickly harden.)

Each item becomes a reminder of an important teaching point. Kids could make their own, or make it as a group project. Use food coloring to create different "materials."

Palms: green rice krispie treats. What are you doing to praise Jesus in your life and prayers?

Rocks singing: round rice krispy treats.  What are you doing to speak out for the needs of others -- those whose voices are going unheard?

Donkey: made out of rice krispie treats. How have you made Jesus YOUR king?

Road: crush brown cookies set in a thin layer of icing on top of graham cracker "pavement" or make a thin "pavement" by rolling a krispy treat.  What are you doing to make room for Jesus in your life and find ways to serve him?

Tip: Use food-grade gloves to handle the krispie treats and spray them with cooking spray.

Tip: Construction on a lightly greased surface then transfer to wax paper to go home.

You could also make individual shapes that represent parts/ideas and SKEWER them like a Palm Sunday Kabob and give them away.

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