Objectives:The students will be able to
- retell the story of The Good Shepherd
- explain why Jesus calls himself the Good Shepherd
- explain how to experience the Good Shepherd's care: listening to God's voice, coming at God's call, following God's lead
- explain that when they do wrong, Jesus still loves them and will forgive them
Rocking Sheep- Tap the sheep very lightly and they will gently rock from side to side. (The Grolier Kids Crafts Craft Book by Cheryl Owen, page 18 & 19).
The Lord is My Shepherd Magnet- A cute sheep magnet out of popsicle sticks. You can omit the other wooden pieces and mini chalkboard in this craft and just use cardboard or construction paper. (Hands On Crafts for Kids 20-Minute Crafts, page 30 & 31).
Hand Lamb- (this craft was at familyfirst.com, but the website has been removed)
What You Need:
• White crayon
• Black, brown, and pink construction paper
• White glue
• Styrofoam tray to work on
• Cotton balls
• Hole punch
• Black sharp-pointed marker
• Thin ribbon
What you do:
1. Use the white crayon to trace around your hand on the black paper. Cut the hand shape out.
2. Cover the palm of the hand and the base of the thumb and fingers with glue. Then attach cotton balls to make a sheep.
3. Punch an eye for the sheep from the brown paper. Use the black marker to draw a dot in the center of the eye for a pupil. Glue the eye to the middle of the thumb.
4. Tie a piece of thin ribbon around the base of the thumb to form a neck for the sheep. Tie the ribbon in a bow.
The Lost Sheep Hide and Seek- A great activity game to go with the Bible story. (Super Bible Game Book by Linda Standke, page 146 for game piece and page 146 for directions).
Name Rhythm- This game will allow your students to share a unique thing about themselves with the group, as well as help students see that Jesus knows them each by name. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing, page 221).
Introduce snack: What is Jesus sometimes called? The Good Shepherd
christiancrafters.com- Sheep Treat or Shepherd’s Rod Treat (scroll down and look under Lesson Four: The Shepherd & The Gate)
Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:
More 365 Activities for Kids (do Good Shepherd with his Sheep spot the difference on August 26. More puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. at September 29 – October 3.
The Great Bible Big Fun Activity Book: From the Old and New Testaments by Toni Lind
Follow the Dots to see who the shepherd guards against.
Sheep Scramble- Jesus was called the Good Shepherd. How many sheep are in this flock?
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