Pretend to be shepherds and look for sheep. Gather all the stuffed animals (pretend they are all sheep). Then when the kids aren’t looking hide the “sheep.” (Difficulty level depending on the ages of your kids.) Then let the kids find the sheep (making sure one is just a little harder to find).
Read Luke 15:3-7.
The name of God for this week is God the Shepherd. God uses different pictures to help us understand just how much He really cares about us. Just as a good shepherd knows and cares for each sheep, God knows and cares about us.
Items Needed: Lots of cotton balls; two large, shallow bowls or plates; a jar of petroleum jelly; a stopwatch or one minute timer
Be a sheep! Play a game to collect cotton balls and transfer them from one bowl to another. Put about five cotton balls in one of the bowls. Place both bowls on the table 12 inches apart. Open the jar of petroleum jelly and place it next to the bowl that holds the cotton balls.
Without using your hands, see how many cotton balls you can stick on your nose and transfer from one bowl to the other. Dip your nose into petroleum jelly and then into the cotton balls. Try to transfer five cotton balls in one minute.
Read Psalm 23 together to see how a good shepherd takes care of his sheep. God is our Shepherd.
Optional: Glue the cotton balls to construction paper to make sheep as a reminder that God is the Good Shepherd who cares for us.
Make sheep for a snack.
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1⅓ cups mini marshmallows (plus a few additional for assembly)
- 2 cups of either multi-grain or chocolate Cheerios (depending on desired sheep’s color)
- 6 peanut M&M’s (for heads)
- ¼ cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
- 12 pretzel sticks, broken in half (makes 24 legs)
- Melt marshmallows and butter in the microwave for about a minute.
- Add 2 cups of Cheerios and mix until the cereal is evenly coated in marshmallow.
- Spoon out 1 heaping tablespoon of cereal mixture mold into an egg- like shape using lightly greased hands. While the mixture is able to be shaped, make an indentation where the head and legs will be placed on the body. (Use an extra peanut M&M and pretzel to make the exact size indentation that will be needed.)
- Melt chocolate chips in the microwave to use as glue. (This should only take a few seconds.)
- Apply small amount of melted chocolate to the ends of the M&M’s and pretzels and press them into the indentations that were made in the body. Allow the chocolate to set.
- For the ears, cut mini marshmallows into small pieces and use melted chocolate to glue them on top of head.
- For the eyes, dip a toothpick into melted chocolate and add two dots to face.
Makes enough for six sheep.
Adapted from the website: http://everydaydishes.com/simple-food-recipes/how-to-make-cheerios-sheep-snacks-for-your-next-party/