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 comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6 (NLT)

3 Activities that remind us Jesus love us and wants us to follow him:

1. Guess Which One...

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. Gathering Your Fold

Let your child pretend to be a shepherd trying to get his sheep into the fold. Mark off a section to be the sheep fold. Grab several large cotton balls and have your child blow the “sheep” into the fold. You can make it a race and see how fast you can get the sheep into the fold.

3. Find the 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.

Pray

Jesus, thank you for loving me and for caring for me. Thank you for being the Good Shepherd and coming to nd 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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