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What is this project series?
This is a collection of creative project suggestions for exploring various Holy Week themes with young children. We started working on it during the 2020 Pascha season, when, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had the extraordinary experience of celebrating the first-ever Pascha at home.
This post is only focusing on crafts. We have collected many additional resources for you to explore that can be combined with our creative projects to organize complete lessons for every day. They can be found at the end of this page.
Ways to use this series
- At home, one or more activities can be done each day, on the actual day they are planned for.
- At a religious retreat setting, the projects can be done together, as a unit on Holy Week and Pascha.
- In both cases, the creative projects can be combined with our Holy Week teaching material, for a comprehensive religious education experience.
The explored themes
On most Holy Week days, there are more than one themes celebrated. We have chosen to work on some, but not all, of the celebrated themes. Additionally, during Holy Week, many services are performed in anticipation, which means they take place before the day the actually belong to. We find this too confusing for young children, so our crafts are planned to go along with what is actually happening at church on each specific day.
THE CREATIVE PROJECTS
Explored theme: The Raising of Lazarus
* Note: The linked page also includes a lesson plan *
Explored theme for Palm Sunday morning:
– The triumphant entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem
Explored theme for Palm Sunday evening:
– The withered fig tree
HOLY MONDAY & TUESDAY
Explored theme for Holy Monday evening:
– The parable of the ten virgins
Explored theme for Holy Tuesday evening:
– The anointing of our Lord with myrrh by the woman in the house of Simon in Bethany
– Judas’ betrayal
– The Mystical Supper
HOLY THURSDAY & FRIDAY
– The Crucifixion
– The Lamentations
HOLY SATURDAY & SUNDAY
– The Descent into Hades
– Pascha celebrations
Lesson Plans and Extra Resources
Don’t miss our extensive collection of Holy Week teaching material.
ADDITIONAL PASCHA CREATIONS
We were inspired by the activities on this page to create our Holy Week Craft Kit, an item available for purchase. It contains templates and instructions for doing one craft each day from Lazarus Saturday to Pascha Sunday. Please visit the link below for details.
PASCHA FABRIC LEARNING SET
We are also offering a hands-on teaching resource made out of soft fleece fabric. It is used like a felt board to help teach key Pascha concepts and traditions. Please click on the link below for more information.