Latticed Learning - Holy Week

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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from last year while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly Bible stories - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will help your little one grow closer to God!

Read the Bible

Pages pages 427-458 in this Bible and 303-339 in this one

Read a Little More

I've reviewed several books recently that are just perfect for this week:


The Legend of the Sand Dollar

Ready, Set, Find Easter

The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker & Activity Book

Really Woolly Easter Blessings

I also found a few others that looked good:

The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story

Sing Some Songs

There are so many songs that fit this week's theme, but here are a few of our favorites:

Arise, My Love

Glorious Day

Jesus is Alive

I Will Rise

That Old Rugged Cross

Were You There

Watch Some Videos

This video matched the week perfectly:

There were three great Crossroads Kids' Club videos. Palm Sunday:

Last Supper:


God's Wonderful Surprise (The Jesus Storybook Bible):

Play and Create

We did a few things to learn more about Holy Week:

First, I printed out this so that Gv could make a clothespin donkey:

I loved how she insisted on using an extra Jesus from one of the crafts below to ride it!

Next, we did some hand-tracing and made this palm branch:

Just stick a bunch of green hand "fronds" on a couple of craft sticks and your little one will be waving for hours...

...which Gv then spent plenty of time waving at Jesus riding on his donkey:

Such vigorous waving, she blew Him right over!

Since one of our Bible stories centered around the widow's two mites, we hauled out the balance to help illustrate it:

Gv had to hold the balance for the photo...but when it was on its base, the effect was much more drastic.

We filled one side of the balance with all sorts of (play) coins (These were plastic.) Then, we placed two real pennies on the other side and talked about how since they were all the widow had, they were worth more than all the other surplus coins.

Next up was washing the disciples' feet, which meant that Gv rolled up her sleeves and acted it out with her baby:

We had some bread and juice to remember the Last Supper:

In remembrance of Him...

When we talked about how Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss, we wrote the names of all the people Gv loved on a piece of paper and then proceeded to plant kisses all over it:

I'd thought Gv would have fun putting on lipstick and kissing the paper, but she ended up being scared of the lipstick and wanted me to do it.  :/

We got out some random play doh, rolled it into two ropes, then intertwined them to make a crown (I saw the idea here).  I handed Gv a few toothpicks, told her to break them into pieces, then she stuck them all over the crown to turn it into Jesus' crown of thorns:

We made this neat display:

Our grass didn't grow, but it still turned out neat.

Then this paper plate craft:

We did this a bit differently than the original.  I just folded the plate in half, then cut out the entrance to the tomb and glued Jesus inside.  We stapled the plate shut and added a brad to help rotate the stone.

Gv was not happy with where we had to glue the angel - she said he needed to be sitting on the stone, but I couldn't figure out where to situate him and still be able to open it.

I printed out these characters (these are really cute, too), Gv cut them out (I went back and trimmed them) and then we glued them onto craft sticks to have Easter puppets to play with:

These were a big hit and she continues to play with them daily.  She was also very happy to get everyone situated where they belonged - notice that the angel is on the stone!

Gv matched up the letters for this sheet:

We did two Easter sequencing activities:

This one was our favorite:

But this one was cute, too:

I really liked this felt banner idea, but decided not to make it.  Instead, we did another handprint craft that I based off of this. 

A little Holy Hand (& Foot) Print book...

A footprint donkey and hand palms for Palm Sunday.

Feet with water to signify washing the disciple's feet during the Last Supper.

Hands showing the nail marks to stand for the crucifixion.

A dark tomb to represent His death.

A hand- & footprint angel to announce that He Is Risen!

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What's your favorite thing that we did this week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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