The Lost Sheep: Three Activities for Preschool Families

Like the father celebrated the return of the prodigal son, the good shepherd rejoiced when he found his lost sheep. Jesus wants us to know through these parables how much our heavenly Father loves those that are lost and far from Him. As you do these activities with your kids this week, be sure to pray for someone you know who does not know Christ.

HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…

This week your child learned that Jesus takes care of each one of us. There was once a shepherd that had 100 sheep, and he took good care of his sheep. Each day the shepherd took the sheep to eat grass and drink water from a stream or pond. Every night the shepherd brought the sheep home to the sheep-fold. One night when he counted the sheep, there were only 99. He left them in the fold to go find the one missing sheep. When he found the sheep, he lovingly put it on his shoulder and carried it home. He was so happy to have found the sheep that he had a party and celebrated. Jesus is like the good shepherd; He takes good care of us and keeps us safe.

Teaching Truths:

  1. Jesus loves us even when we do wrong things.
  2. Jesus loves us and wants us to follow Him.

Memory Verse:

"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." John 14:6 (NLT)

Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!

3 Activities that remind us that Jesus Loves Us and Wants Us to Follow Him:

1. Which One is Missing?

Have your child grab several stuffed animals, dolls or toys and place them in a group. Have your child close his eyes and then you can remove one stuffed animal. Have him open his eyes and guess which stuffed animal is missing. Play several times with even you closing your eyes and guessing.

2. Find the Lost Sheep

Make binoculars by taping two toilet paper tubes together and make a horn out of an empty paper towel tube. Hide a stuffed animal sheep or a picture of a sheep in the house or room. Use the binoculars and the horn to call for the lost sheep. Go around the house together looking for the sheep until it is found.

3. Snack Sheep

For snack time, pop some popcorn and let your child create a popcorn sheep picture before his snack. Grab a white sheet of paper and a green crayon. Help your child draw a mountain on the left side of the paper that falls into a flat field on the right side and color in the mountain and field. As you tell your child the story of the lost sheep or read it from the Bible, have them glue nine pieces of popcorn in the field and draw legs on their sheep with a black crayon. Glue the one piece of popcorn by itself on the mountain. Talk with your child about the parable using these questions.

1. What did the shepherd do when he lost one sheep?
2. Did he find the sheep?
3. What did he do when he found the lost sheep?
4. Jesus is the shepherd and we are His sheep.What does he do when he finds a sheep that is lost?
5. What is a parable?

Pray

Jesus, thank you for loving me and for caring for me. Thank you for being the Good Shepherd and coming to find me when I wander away from you. Help me to show how much you love me to others so that they may love you, too.

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