Holy Week is here! At our house, we’ll spend this week talking about how Jesus lived in the days leading up to his death and resurrection. l always enjoy guiding the children through the scriptures and talking about Jesus.
In years past, we’ve completed written activities and coloring pages, but this year I wanted to create a “hands on” Holy Week project we could share with our two-year-old. The Holy Week Felt Book is a great way to teach or remind older children about the events of Holy Week. Because it has no words, it makes a terrific little picture book for the wee ones and allows older children to tell of the events in their own words.
I’ve designed this craft to be easy for both parents and kids. The craft uses easy to find supplies and requires very little prep work. (This is a MUST for crafts around here!)
To make crafting easier for you, I’ve arranged the information in an easy to read chart. The first column, Day, notes the day of the week so you can follow the actions of Jesus day by day. The second column, Topic, notes the topic we’ll be learning about. The third column, Symbols, names the pictures you’ll need to trace and cut out. (Please note: I have hand drawn these symbols. Don’t giggle at them! They’re not fancy, but they are functional.) The last column is called Scripture and offers a clickable link for the day’s Bible reading.
You can complete the book in one sitting or complete one page a day and stitch it closed on Resurrection Sunday.
- 6 (5 in x 8 in) pieces of rectangular pieces of colored felt for the cover/pages of the book
- Assorted pieces of felt for tracing template pieces
- Downloadable Holy Week templates: : Holy Week 1, Holy Week 2, and Holy Week 3
- fabric glue (I find this has better hold than Elmer’s glue.)
- Peel and Stick letters foam letters
- needle and thread
- Cut out and the symbols on the Holy Week Templates.
- Trace them onto colored pieces of felt. Cut them out.
- Choose a 5 x 8 piece of felt for the cover. Spell out the words “Holy Week” using the foam letters. Peel off the backing and stick them onto the cover.
- Use the symbols to decorate four 5 x 8 pages of the book with events of the Holy Week. Use both sides of the felt.
- Use fabric glue to hold symbols in place.
- Add the back cover.
- Line up the pages of the book in order. Using a needle and thread, stitch the pages of the book together.
I hope this craft will help keep your child actively engaged as they study the events of the Holy Week.
|Day of the Week||Topic||Symbol||Scripture|
|Sunday||The Triumphal Entry||Donkey and Palms||Matthew 21:1-11|
|Monday||Jesus Clears the Temple||Table and Coins||Matthew 21:12-17|
|Tuesday||Jesus Teaches on Mount Olive||Teacher's Scroll||Matthew 24:3-35|
|Wednesday||Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus||Bag of Coins||Matthew 26:14-16|
|Thursday||The Last Supper||Cup and Bread||Matthew 26:26-30|
|Friday||Jesus on the Cross||Hills and Crucifix||Matthew 27:35-56|
|Saturday||Jesus in the Tomb||Tomb and Stone||Matthew 27:57-61|
|Resurrection Sunday||Jesus Rises from the Dead||Sun and Clouds||Matthew 28:1-10|
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