Meet an Amazing Animal in the Story of the Triumphal Entry (Elementary Lesson)

Use this grab-and-go lesson to bring Jesus's triumphal entry on Palm Sunday to life.
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Today, we’re looking at the Triumphal Entry story and how to bring it to life for kids.

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God has done some remarkable things through his furry, fuzzy, and funny creations. A talking donkey? A fish carrying around a tax payment in its mouth? A rooster reminder that brought a grown man to his knees?

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Bible Story: The Triumphal Entry (Mark 11:1–10)

Animal: Donkey

Lesson Theme: God wants us to know Jesus is king.

Activity: Balloon Stuffing

[icon name=”clock”] Time: 5 minutes

[icon name=”list-alt”] Supplies: 30 balloons, 2 trash bags, 2 XXL button-up shirts (or sweaters), stopwatch

Before kids arrive, inflate the balloons and place 15 in each of the trash bags. Hide the bags. 

You’ll ask for two volunteers, but do that after you describe this game. You want volunteers who are wearing pants and who know what they’ll be doing. 

Give each of your volunteers a shirt. Have your volunteers tuck the bottom of the large shirts into their pants but leave the top few buttons of the shirts unbuttoned. Form two teams with the rest of your kids—one team around each volunteer.

EXPLAIN: You’ve blown up two garbage bags full of balloons. The job of the teams is to stuff the balloons inside the large shirt of your volunteer.

SAY: The goal is to stuff more balloons inside your shirt than the other team can stuff into their shirt. Teams will have one minute to insert balloons when you give the signal.  

Expect chaos! 

When kids have finished, count the number of balloons each team has left over. Whichever team has fewest is the winner.  Thank your volunteers and praise the winning team.

Then SAY: Sometimes people describe very important people as “puffed up”—they think they’re better than they really are. Not every important person is like that … but some are. The one we’ll meet today was a king—but He wasn’t puffed up. In fact, most people didn’t even know He was a king. Especially when He rode into town on a donkey.

Teaching Time

Share the story of the triumphal entry (Mark 11:1–10), pointing out the role of the donkey as you narrate. Use the following questions to guide discussion: 

  • In what ways did people show Jesus they thought He was their king?
  • In what ways do you show Jesus you think He’s your king?
  • And how might you do that more?

Have kids look up these passages and read them out loud: John 18:37;  Revelation 17:14; 1 Timothy 6:15–16; Isaiah 9:6. Then ask kids to discuss: 

  • After reading these verses, what words would you use to describe king Jesus?

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  Updated on July 23, 2019

About the Author

  • Mikal Keefer has published more than 25 books and is a frequent contributor to Group Publishing curriculum. Mikal is an active children’s ministry volunteer in his local church in Loveland, Colorado. Mikal, who is married and the father of two children, loves teaching kids—especially his grandkids—the truth of God’s story in fun and engaging ways!

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