PALM BRANCH COOKIES
Your kids will enjoy making and eating these cookies. To make the
dough, you'll need 1/3 cup shortening, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 egg, 3 cups
sifted flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, and 2/3
Sift the baking soda with the flour. Mix all the ingredients and
refrigerate. Have children roll the dough into 1/4-inch-thick
"snakes." Have each child make a simple palm branch design on
aluminum foil. Transfer the foil to a cookie sheet.
Crush green lollipops and sprinkle them between the dough
outline. Double-check all of the dough connections before you bake,
pressing together areas where strips meet. Bake at 375 degrees for
about eight minutes. Watch the cookies carefully as baking time
will vary according to size and complexity of the design. While the
cookies are baking, read aloud Matthew 21:1-11.
Let baked cookies cool. Then peel the foil from the back of each
palm. Dough should feel firm to the touch before you try this. Kids
can even carry these cookies on sticks! Just press a small 1/4-inch
dowel into the dough when you take the cookies out of the
As an alternative to a foot-washing service, have children make
sandals for one another. Form pairs. Have partners trace around
each other's feet onto heavy cardboard. Then cut out foot shapes.
Punch six holes in the cardboard-two near the toe, two near the
center, and two near the heel. Thread yarn laces through the holes
from the underside to the top. These sandals can be tied onto the
feet of one partner by the other. Afterward, discuss with children
what it means to be a servant.
In any church, there are often many talented volunteers whose
gifts go unnoticed. Have children choose helpers in your church who
deserve praise for sharing their time and efforts with others in
seemingly small ways. These helpers could include people who hang
banners, wash communion vessels, or drive shut-ins to holiday
Create a "Hosanna Helper" award, decorated and signed by the
class. Present an award to each chosen helper on Palm Sunday. This
is a nice way for kids to tell helpers in your church family that
they praise God for their lives and ministries.