I made a printable book that tells the story of Holy Week for children. The story is adapted from the book of Matthew, and the story is illustrated by your child and his or her handprints. 🙂
Each handprint picture is designed to be loads of fun, and easy to replicate! Even the youngest of children can participate in a handprint craft, and the craft also becomes a keepsake to be treasured. Imagine pulling this book out for years to come to read it to your children and grandchildren, saying things like “look how small your mommy’s hand used to be!”
Each of your children can create their own individual books, or your family can work together towards making one book to be enjoyed by all. (If you do this, I suggest writing the name of the handprint artist in on each page.)
This book is simple to put together! Just print the page, then follow the handprint directions to complete the illustrations and make it your own.
If you absolutely hate paint mess, you can trace hands onto construction paper, cut, glue them onto the pages, and embellish with magic markers. Or if your child likes to draw, they can simply use the printable pages and illustrate the book with their own pictures.
Pages In This Book:
- 1 printable cover with a cross and directions for brightening it up with fingerprints
- 2 pages for Palm Sunday where Jesus rides the donkey into Jerusalem and the people cheer “Hosanna” with palm branches
- 1 page for Holy Monday that tells the story of the people selling at the temple and Jesus overturning the tables
- 1 page for Holy Tuesday that tells about Jesus teaching at the temple, and highlights Jesus’ new commandment of love
- 1 page for Spy Wednesday where Judas schemes to turn Jesus in for 30 pieces of silver
- 6 pages for Holy Thursday- Jesus predicts Judas’ betrayal, the first Eucharist, Jesus washes the feet of the disciples, Jesus’ prediction of the denial from Peter, and Jesus takes them to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray.
- 4 pages for Good Friday- Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss, Peter denies Jesus, Pilot washes his hands of judgement, and Jesus is crucified.
- 1 page for Holy Saturday- Jesus is inside the sealed tomb
- 2 pages for Easter Sunday- an angel is at the tomb, and Jesus is risen!
That makes 19 pages total for the book, but I do offer an “abridged” alternative that only needs 9 pages to be completed.
Features Of This Download:
- The download includes the story of Holy Week adapted from the Bible, and written in words that children can understand, but is not watered down
- Colorful, hand drawn borders surrounding each page
- Full directions to complete each handprint illustration
- Tips for making your handprint crafts successful
- Options for binding your books
- List of needed supplies
- How to make “footprints” with your hand (for children whose feet are too big to fit on the page)
- Different methods of completing the book
- A possible schedule that follows Holy Week for completing the pages
- A list that organizes the pages by color of paint used to make stamping the hands efficient
- A list of pages to complete for an “abridged” version where you only need to complete 9 pages
The download of this book is available for just $4!
A few notes on things people are asking about: I called Holy Wednesday “Spy Wednesday” on purpose- it’s an alternate name for that day. You can read about it here. There were a few typos on my original draft that I printed and did handprints on, however, they have been fixed in the final version, so pay no attention to what it says on the pages in the photographs.
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