HOLY WEEK CRAFT KIT

An Orthodox-focused creative resource for experiencing Holy Week with young children

CRAFT TUTORIALS

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This kit is available for purchase at the Draw Near Designs Marketplace.


Spend less time planning, and more time experiencing the special days of Holy Week, working on creative projects together with the children. The kit contains printed templates and crafting materials for each day from Lazarus Saturday to Pascha Sunday.

At home, one craft can be done each day, on the actual day it is planned for. At a Holy Week retreat setting, the crafts can be done together as a unit on Holy Week and Pascha – each craft set up in its own station, or the projects divided among participants.

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What are the crafts about?

The crafts are inspired by the Bible stories, Orthodox services, icons, and traditions of each Holy Week day. They have been designed as teaching tools, to provoke insightful conversations and further exploration.


What does the kit consist of?

The kit contains resources to do ten crafts. It includes:

  • Fourteen Byzantine-inspired, beautifully illustrated printed paper templates for doing one craft each day from Lazarus Saturday to Pascha Sunday (two crafts for Palm Sunday).
  • The materials required to do each craft.
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You will need to add a few simple items yourself: a small bottle or jar, a tin can, a plastic cup, and a piece of cardboard (a cardboard box piece works fine).

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Basic craft supplies such as scissors, glue, tape, a stapler, and a hole puncher are also required.


How did you choose the theme for each craft?

Each craft coordinates with one of the themes celebrated on the day it is designed for. On Holy Week, many services are performed in anticipation; for example, the Orthros (Matins) of one day usually takes place on the evening of the previous day. We find this too confusing to explain to young children, so we have designed our crafts to go along with what is actually happening at church on each specific day. For instance, on Holy Monday, we are working on a theme that actually belongs to Holy Tuesday, because this theme is mentioned at church in the evening of Holy Monday.


How can I use the craft kit to teach?

For every project, we are offering background information and a variety of additional resources to help you plan a complete lesson.


Do I need to have crafting experience?

Not really. The crafts are simple to make and have been designed with young children in mind. Making them is very straightforward and they have been succesfully tested with children of various ages.


How will I know how to do the crafts?

On this website, we are offering complete step-by-step tutorials. Please use the links below to access them.


Craft Tutorials


LAZARUS SATURDAY

THE RAISING OF LAZARUS
Lazaraki Lacing Card


PALM SUNDAY MORNING

THE TRIUMPHANT ENTRANCE INTO JERUSALEM
Palm Waver


PALM SUNDAY EVENING

THE PARABLE OF THE WITHERED FIG TREE
Paper bag fig tree


HOLY MONDAY

THE PARABLE OF TEN VIRGINS
Paper oil lamp


HOLY TUESDAY

THE WOMAN WHO ANOINTED CHRIST WITH MYRRH AT SIMON’S HOUSE IN BETHANY
DIY “perfume”


HOLY WEDNESDAY

THE MYSTICAL SUPPER
Popsicle stick icon-inspired scene


HOLY THURSDAY

THE HOLY PASSION
Flower-framed icon-inspired scene


HOLY FRIDAY

THE EPITAPHIOS TRADITION
DIY lantern


HOLY SATURDAY

THE SERVICE OF THE “FIRST RESURRECTION”
Tin Can Drum


PASCHA SUNDAY

PASCHA TRADITIONS
Paper Pascha candle


ADDITIONAL TEACHING RESOURCE
Pascha fabric learning set

In addition to the craft kit, we have created a hands-on teaching resource made out of soft fleece fabric that is used like a felt board to help explore fundamental Pascha concepts and traditions.