Sunday is, without question, my favorite day of the week. I spend a large portion of the day with my church family, and in the morning I have the privilege of teaching a handful of 10-12 year old kids during Sunday School. After learning that using Elmer’s school glue without getting it all over the place is a gift not everyone has, I cut back the amount of craft projects we do together. And by cut back, I mean that we just do not do them, period.
But with Easter quickly approaching, I decided to make an exception. And besides, this isn’t exactly a “craft” as much as it is just an opportunity to put together a fun little ice cream treat while sharing about Jesus! (I don’t expect it to be any less messy than them using glue, though!) 😉
Easter and Palm Sunday are probably my favorite topics to discuss with my students. The meaning and the message behind the Easter story is so incredible, and it definitely calls for celebration!
Palm Sunday falls on the Sunday before Easter. It commemorates the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, and it gets its name from the palm branches the crowd scattered on the ground and waved as a sign of celebration, victory and respect for Him as He rode in on a donkey.
I thought it would be really neat to have my students put together these yummy “palm sundaes” during class. Not only will they be delicious, but the students get to learn about the meaning and symbolism of the historic day in a fun new way.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Ice Cream
- You can’t have a sundae without it! I opted for plain vanilla, but really I think you could choose any flavor.
- Crushed Cookies
- The crushed cookies symbolize the rough and rocky road that Jesus traveled on when coming in to Jerusalem.
- Green Candy for Palm Leaves
- You’ll want to find a green candy for this one. I actually got insanely lucky and found leaf-shaped mint candies at my local Dollar General. Alternatively, you could use green sour straws, jelly beans, green sprinkles, fruit roll ups, gummy worms, green raisins, etc. You’ll pour this on top of the crushed road to represent the palm branches that were waved and spread across the road during Jesus’ arrival.
- Miniature Kit Kat
- This represents the donkey that Jesus rode on.
- Sour Parch Kid
- This represents Jesus. You can use whatever candy you want for this, but I thought it would be perfect since it is sort-of-human shaped. Gummy bears might also work.
- This represents the joy and celebration of the crowd as the Messiah entered into Jerusalem.
- Reddi-Whip or Cool Whip
- This is solely just for aesthetics. You can’t have ice cream without a little extra cream! Plus, it makes it so much easier to place Jesus, the donkey and the sprinkles.
All of these ingredients together don’t make the typical sundae, but children love to pile on the sweets when it comes to their ice cream, so I don’t think the fact that there are contrasting flavors going on will be a problem. I don’t particularly love sour gummies in my ice cream, but it makes for such a fun treat with a great message.
I am looking forward to sharing this treat with the children in my class this year. I know they are going to flip once they see me bring in the ice cream! While we’re creating our sundae, I’ll be sharing the story and symbolisms of this special day in a way they won’t soon forget.
I have found the following article to be well written and in terms that my Sunday school children will understand. If you’re looking for a lesson about Palm Sunday to share with others, I encourage you to give this one a look:
Click here for a Palm Sunday teaching lesson
I hope you find that this is a fun and exciting way to share the story of Palm Sunday with children. I can’t wait to see my kids reactions to this lesson and watch them dig in!
What a fun treat! I love how it brings Palm Sunday to children in a language they speak – dessert! The kitkat is a great idea for the donkey. This is going to be a fun family project.
Mary Kruse says
Love this idea and will be using it in our kid’s classes at church this Sunday. Decided to use animal crackers shaped like donkeys instead of the candy bar. Will add that the “mound” of ice cream represents Jerusalem – Jesus was going up to the city which was and is on a mountain. The whip cream will remind us that Jesus rose from the dead, and ascended into the heavens to sit at the right hand of his father, God. Couldn’t find the gum drop leaves, so am using some icing leaves I found in the Wilton Cake decorating section at our local craft store. Can’t wait to share this with our kids!
Laura Tucker says
I absolutely love your ideas! Very creative! I’m so glad to hear that you’ll be using this during Sunday school this week. I would love to hear back about how the lesson went!
Marti Tabora says
This is such a great idea and I never would have thought about it. I really love the idea of using the sour patch kids.
Crystal Hayward says
Thank you for sharing. that is a neat idea. I try to have a snack for my kiddos for every lesson some are hard to come up with. We need a snack bible website where we can get ideas for each lesson you have. thank you again
Thank you for giving me this idea!! I thought the idea of serving Palm Sundaes on Palm Sunday was great!! I also tweaked it a little. I found chocolate animal crackers ((Walmart) that had a donkey shaped animal, I used real mint leaves for the palm branches (put these on top after whipped cream and sprinkles, and donkey sticking out), we also used cut up strawberries to represent Jesus (since he shed his blood for us).