I am so excited to use this Jesus Has Risen Palm Leaves Pattern in primary! This living music singing time activity is such a fun way to bring the stories of Christ alive while adding some movement to the song!
Whether you are learning lots of different Easter songs this year or just focusing on one, add this review activity to your list this month! Grab our pattern sheet in the printable at the end of this post, check out our demo video, and you’ll be set for singing time!
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Jesus Has Risen Palm Leaves Pattern
A lot of the inspiration for this activity came from pondering about Christ’s last week. We can learn so much from how He spent his last week before performing the Atonement.
To help bring the Easter story to life, use this fun & simple palm leaves pattern. Grab this set of 30 palm leaves from Amazon in preparation for this activity. Mine came in the mail just a few weeks ago and I’m so excited so use them!
At the beginning of primary, start by reviewing Jesus Has Risen (flipchart here!) Then, show the children the picture of Christ’s “Triumphal Entry” found on the Church’s website.
Ask the children to observe what the people are doing when Christ enters. Ask them to share what they see. Hopefully they will notice the people waving palm leaves to honor the Savior.
Ask the children to imagine how it may have felt to welcome Jesus into their city on the last week of His life.
Then, pass out the palm leaves and post the printable palm leaves pattern on the board. If you have more primary children than palm leaves, have each child choose a partner to take turns with.
Try each of the actions with the palm leaves before adding music. Then, have partners switch so that everyone can try it.
Begin singing Jesus Has Risen while using the palm leaves pattern. Continue practicing the song!
Palm Leaves Actions:
RAISE UP: For this action, start with your palm leaves low to the ground. Then, slowly draw them up above your head. This action will be used the most in the pattern!
*Use this action every time you sing “Jesus has risen.” It comes up 3 times in the song! Once at the very beginning and then twice at the end.*
WAVE “HELLO”: Wave “Hello” with your palm leaves! Wave your palm leaves from side to side like you are saying hello to a friend.
*Use this action while singing “Jesus, our friend.” *
PLACE OVER HEART: Bring your palm leaves close to your body and place them near your heart.
*This action is perfect for the line, “Joy fills our hearts.” *
COVER FACE -> REVEAL: This action is the silliest one for sure. Start by covering your face with your palm leaves. Then, move the palm leaves to the right or left to reveal your face!
*Use this action for the line, “He lives again.” *
WAVE ABOVE HEAD: Holding your palm leaves up high, wave them in the air from left to right.
*Use this action while singing the line, “Praises we sing to Him this Easter-time.” *
TURN IN A CIRCLE: While holding your palm leaves close to your body, slowly turn in a circle in place.
*Use this line at the end of the song when you sing “Savior divine” both times. *
Jesus Has Risen Palm Leaves Pattern Demo Video
This palm leaves pattern demo video is a helpful tool to help you visualize the pattern for this song! In this video, I demonstrate each of the actions and sing through the entire song! Just grab the link below to watch this demo video.
–> Jesus Has Risen Palm Leaves Pattern Demo Video <–
- Divide the class into 4 groups. Give each group 2 actions (one group will have 3 actions). Have them practice their section and sing only when their actions come up in the song.
- Have the kids come up with their own pattern! You can start by drawing out the actions on the board or creating small cards with the actions. Have the kids rearrange the actions (These actions will work for any line in the song).
- Have a mini-lesson and read from Matthew 21:1-11 to introduce the song in primary. You can treat this as a “song story” and sing a line or two of the song after every few verses.
If you enjoy this type of activity, you might also enjoy this Faith Song Egg Shakers pattern!
Jesus Has Risen Palm Leaves Pattern Printable
Grab this one-page printable pattern sheet to help you teach the palm leaves pattern in singing time! The symbols on this sheet aren’t super big, so they definitely aren’t meant to be a large poster to show during singing time.
You can definitely put this page on the board to show the kids what the actions will look like. You can also draw the symbols on the chalkboard if you have a larger primary.
INSTANT Primary Singing Members will also find a printable lesson plan, quarter and half page pattern cards for the actions, and printables in black and white or color! Those extra printables are included with Jesus Has Risen is the song of the month.
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For another way to review this song in primary, check out this Jesus Has Risen Rise and Clap activity!
What Easter activities are you using for singing time this year?
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