Holy Week Journal Activity for Kids

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Walk through Jesus’ last week on earth in a meaningful and creative way with this Holy Week Journal for Kids. Each day, read the included passage of Scripture then use the blank space to write, draw, paint, or anything else you can come up with. When you’re all finished you can staple the pages together to create a book, hang up the pages to create a banner, or hang them up somewhere in your house.

While the hope of Easter is always the best news ever, with the coronavirus pandemic chaos, this year the news somehow feels even sweeter. Goodness! I don’t know about you, but my heart needs to be reminded of the HOPE and life we have because of Jesus. While everything else might currently be on pause in your life or feel like it’s spinning out of control, Easter isn’t cancelled. Hallelujah! God sits on the throne. He isn’t surprised by the craziness of our lives. He is steadfast and sure. With all that’s going on, I can’t help but think that this is an incredible time to reflect on what Jesus did for you and me on the cross. With that being said, today I’m sharing an intentional and creative way to walk through Holy Week as a family. So pull out your favorite art supplies and get ready to create this Holy Week Journal Activity for Kids (or kids at heart).

The idea behind the Holy Week journal is really simple. Each day read a passage of Scripture and then get creative with making a picture to visually depict what you just read. It’s perfect for all ages — 2-102! Invite the whole family to join in.

Use the blank space to write, draw, paint, or anything else you can come up with. The best part? You don’t need any fancy supplies. You can use whatever supplies you have at home! You can also make your pictures as simple or elaborate as you’d like. Get creative with what you can find around your house to create a picture that’s totally unique.

We will be using the journal during our Morning Basket time, but figure out a time that works best for your family! We’ll first read the passage and then sit down with crayons, colored pencils, and watercolors to create together. I’m definitely going to make a journal for myself as well! If there’s one thing I’ve learned is that my girls are way more eager to create and learn when they see me jumping in with both feet.

When you’re all finished staple the pages together to create a book, hang up the pages to create a banner, or display them up somewhere in your house.

To make your journal here’s what you’ll need:

  • Your Favorite Art Supplies (Watercolors, Paint, Markers, Crayons, Colored Pencils, Oil Pastels, Construction Paper, or a combination of several of those!)
  • White Cardstock
  • My Holy Week Journal Printable (To simply print and go purchase HERE) or you can totally create your own pages with blank paper.)
  • Optional: Stapler (to create a book) or string (to create a banner)

How to Use the Journal (Using the Printable PDF found HERE)

Step One: Choose what size of journal you would like to use (either full page or 1/2 page) and print the PDF on white cardstock. If you chose the 1/2 page format, then use scissors to cut each page in half on the grey line.

Step Two: Choose what art supplies you’d like to use and get ready to get creative!

Step Three: Each day of Holy Week, read a passage of Scripture and then write, draw, paint about what you just read in the blank space on each page. If you choose to use the Holy Week Printable Journal PDF, each of the pages has a passage of scripture to read aloud and a suggested timeline for completing the pages.

Step Four: Once all of your pages are complete you can pick how you’d like to display them in your home. You could use a staple to turn the pages into a book, punch holes at the top and use string to create a banner to hang up, display them on your refrigerator or a wall, or any other creative idea you can come up with!

That’s it! I pray that this is a helpful tool for your family and that as you walk through Holy Week you’re reminded of the incredible hope we have because of Jesus. This week changes everything, friends. Oh, what a Savior!

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