The Triumphal Entry of Jesus -  John 12

Storytelling Objectives for Beginners/ Early childhood (toddlers, 1 and 2)

  • Understanding the story:

    • would include them being able to answer the What, Who, Why and Where questions

    • would include them being able to tell the story in their own words

  • Hand and eye coordination

  • Use of materials

  • Connecting nature to their environment 

  • Collaborative learning 

Parents  can read the story to the children from the children’s Bible with pictures. Children should be able to see the pictures as the text is read to them.


Alternately, we have attached pictures from

Before the story:


Show children a picture of a palm tree/donkey and ask them if they can think about any story that has this in the Bible.


Ask them if they are excited to listen to this story.


Probably set some rules; or they can be the ones that set the rules. Ex: We won’t make noise when the story is read or if a question is asked, we will raise our hand.

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During the story:

Keep reiterating the story. Talk to them about what is happening in the story. Ask questions about who they see; what is it about; why is this happening, what is the importance of this ; where was this taking place?- probably don’t ask these questions verbatim. Modify it for toddlers.

Here is a video on Jesus' triumphal entry

Teacher video
Picture guide
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After the story:

Questions could be asked- for this, open ended and close ended questions could be asked. Focus more on close ended questions- simple yes or no.

What happened in the story; what did they see in the video

  1. What was Jesus riding?

  2. Were the people happy?

  3. What did they do?


Tell the story in your own words- could be an extension of asking questions but children could be asked to tell the story again. Note: they can be prompted. They SHOULD NOT be forced.


If children watch the video of the triumphal entry, the same questions can be asked( Who, What, Why, Where or children could be asked to tell the story in their own words/ or a few sentences)​

Extension of the story:

Activities that could be done:

Drawing a Colt

Here is a step by step method to draw a colt. Can you draw one, following these steps and send it to your teacher?

Print and colour

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Send pictures of your art work to

Colouring sheet for children

A picture that shows Jesus on a donkey entering Jerusalem with palm leaves thrown on the floor. It can show people rejoicing​


Finger painting


This could be a collaborative activity that could be done with parents also. Children can make their own palm tree. They can use brown paint , use their finger, dip it in paint and draw a straight line like a bark. They could make palm fronds by dipping it in green paint. Or use their thumbs, both left and right on either side of the “bark.”​

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Ice cream sticks


Make their own palm tree. Use the ice cream stick as the bark. Probably, try to use ferns or palm fronds and place it near the stick to make it look like a palm.​

Role play

If possible, parents and children could create a scene in their living room as the entry to Jerusalem. The child could be dressed as Jesus riding on a “donkey” and the palms that are created could be used.​

Memory verse

Children could learn this memory verse better if there are actions attached to it.

John 12:13, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!” (NIV)


Children and parents could sing ‘Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna’ and do all the actions.

Hosanna, Hosanna

Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna, Hosanna,
Hosanna in the highest!

Lord we lift up Your name
with hearts full of praise
Be exalted oh Lord my God!
Hosanna in the highest! 


Glory, Glory

Glory to the King of Kings

Glory, Glory

Glory to the King of Kings


Lord we lift up Your name
with hearts full of praise
Be exalted oh Lord my God!
Hosanna in the highest! 

Name the tree