Donkey themed crafts for young children

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Donkey themed crafts for young children
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In Easter celebrations, the donkey represents Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem for the Jewish Passover holy day. The people waved and covered the path with palms as Jesus entered the city on what became known as Palm Sunday, carried by a donkey. Engage kids in donkey-themed crafts while teaching them about Palm Sunday and Easter.

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Felt Donkey

Use felt to create an Easter scene with a donkey and palms. First, make a donkey template on a sheet of paper. Make the head, ears, body and legs, then use them to trace and cut out the parts from a light brown piece of felt. Make fringe for the tail and mane with a piece of dark brown felt. Use a hot glue gun to attach the fringe to the donkey's body. Make a template of a palm, cut it out and make several palms out of green felt. Place them around the donkey with hot glue to represent Palm Sunday.

This craft is suitable for children at least 10 years old.

Donkey Puppet

Recycle your lunch bags into paper donkey puppets. Make a template on a piece of paper of your donkey's head and legs. It is best for your donkey’s head to be the same width as your bag. Make a separate sketch for the ears and tail. Cut out your parts on light brown construction or card stock paper. Use a small piece of pink felt for the mouth and faux fur for the donkey's mane. Use a brown magic marker to colour the donkey's hooves. Attach all your parts with craft glue.

This craft is appropriate for kids at least 5 years old.

Palm Sunday Applique

Make a copy of a Palm Sunday scene from a colouring book, such as the disciples with the donkey or Jesus entering Jerusalem on the donkey. Cut out each part of the scene and use it as a paper pattern. Choose fabric for your applique’s background as well as for each individual applique part. Pin your pattern to its corresponding fabric and cut out the shape. Hand sew wide, basting stitches with colourful thread. You can also add batting to the back of your donkey and Jesus for a 3D effect. Encase your scene with a decorative border, such as wide novelty taping or a quilted border that you make with fabric scraps from your project.

This craft is suitable for kids at least 12 years old.

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