Crafts and Activities for
The Parable of the Lost Sheep and The Good Shepherd
The following crafts and activities come from The Lost Sheep and The Good Shepherd Sunday School Lessons on The Resource Room
Reference: Matthew 18:12-14, Psalms 139:15-16, and Luke 15:3-7
Lost Sheep" Bible Lesson from The Resource Room
this lesson your children will learn that Jesus loves them
and wants them to be good. When they do bad things it makes God very
sad, but God will not leave them. He will keep calling them back to
him. When they ask for forgiveness, God will come to them and
"The Good Shepherd" Bible Lesson from The Resource Room
God is like a good shepherd: He knows us, leads us, protects
us, and keeps us from harm.
"Where is the Lost Sheep?" Printable Book
Where is the Lost Sheep?
he looking at the stars?
Or is he jumping over the moon?
Is he in the desert?
Or is he in the basket?
Is he in the bathtub?
Or is he on the ball?
Where is the lost sheep?
Is he in the house?
Or behind the bush?
Is he behind the fence?
Or resting against the tree?
Is he in the clouds?
Where is the lost sheep?
Here is the lost sheep, the lost-then-found-sheep, with the shepherd of course!
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This printable books goes along with the
lesson The Lost Sheep on The Resource Room. It is available in color or black and white.
The Parable of the Lost Sheep Game and Activities for Sunday School
1. "Where is the Lost Sheep" Printable Coloring Book
This craft is not only a coloring book, but a story about the lost sheep. With simple, repetitive words children will enjoy reading it along with you.
Patterns are available on The Resource Room to members only in black and white or color.
the "Lost Sheep Game"
hide a stuffed sheep somewhere in the room or outside. After you
read the story, have some one dressed up like a shepherd come into
the room and pretend to be looking for the lost sheep and calling
for the sheep to come. The shepherd can then ask the children if
they saw his lost sheep and ask them to help him find the sheep.
When the sheep is found, the children can help the shepherd
celebrate with juice and a snack. The search and find
sheet below also goes along nicely with this lesson.
the "Flannel Board Sheep"
Go to the Material Craft And Learning Activities Pages for directions and patterns.
a Memory Game
Place ten or more items on a table covered with
a cloth. Have the children study the items. Tell them to close
their eyes. Take away one item and then ask the children which
item is missing. After playing the game explain to the children
that Jesus knows where they are at all times and knows each
of us by name. He knew us before we were even born. If one
of us leaves or gets lost Jesus will come and find us.
4. Sheep Sock Puppet
Sew Sheep Puppet to tell the story of the Lost Lamb from the lambs point of view.
Go to the Material Crafts and Learning Activities Page for directions.
to be Sheep
Have the children pretend to be sheep and follow a
teacher around the room who is dressed up as a shepherd. The
shepherd can also pretend to protect the sheep from a lion or wild
animal (another person dressed up).
a "Doggy, Doggy, Who has your bone?" Type Game
Have the children sit in a circle with their hands behind their
backs. Select one child to be the "shepherd". The
shepherd sits in the center of the circle with his eyes closed.
Have all children put their hands behind their backs. The leader
walks around the outside of the circle and secretly places a small
stuffed sheep in the hands of one of the children in the circle.
(If you have older children, instead of the leader placing the sheep
in one of the child's hand, the leader can give the sheep to one
of the children. The children then try to secretly pass the
sheep from child to child until the leader tells the shepherd to
find the sheep.) When the leader says "find the sheep", the shepherd
in the center has 3 chances to guess who has the sheep behind his
back in his hands. Take turns having the children be the "shepherd".
7. Play "Find The Lost Sheep" Card Game
This game is
like concentration except their is an extra card with a sheep
on it. If the child finds this card he wins. (A Pattern and directions
for this game can be found on The
Make a Bulletin Board Display.
(Printable pattern are available on The Resource Room.)
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"The Parable of the Lost Sheep" and "The Good Shepherd" Sunday School Craft Ideas
1. Cotton Ball Sheep Craft
The Sheep Craft to the left is available on the Sheep Craft Page and the one to the right is availalbe to members on The Resource Room.
2. He Makes
Me Lie Down in Green Pastures Paper Plate Sheep Craft
This craft is made from three paper plates
and four 5 ounce Dixie cups.
Go to the Paper Plate Crafts and Learning Activities Page for directions to this craft.
3. Paper Cup Sheep for Sunday School
Cut two holes in the side of a paper
cup at the bottom so that a child can put his hand inside the paper cup and stick two fingers through the
holes. Glue cotton balls all around the outside of the cup. (You must use a paper cup so that the cotton balls and glue will stick.) When the glue is dry, draw a sheep face on the bottom of the cup. Show your children how to put their fingers through the holes to make the sheep's feet. Idea sent in by Pam
4. Make a Foam Marshmallow Sheep
You will have to glue these together before class and have your children glue on cotton balls or macaroni noodles in class. They can also color the hooves and ears, and draw in the eyes, nose, and mouth. Go the the Sheep Crafts Page and Learning Activities Page for directions and patterns.
Lord is My Shepherd" Activity Sheet
Children glue macroni noodles to the picture for the sheep's curly fur and then color the picture. You can use popped pop corn instead of the noodles.
This Activity Sheet is available to members on The Resource Room.
6. Sheep With Shaking Head Cup Craft
This little sheep
looks great in your car. It shakes its head up and down as you
The Pattern for this craft is available to members on The Resource Room.
7. Shepherd Boy Holding a Sheep Bible Craft
Children color the pattern and then tape the sides together into a cone shape so that the shepherd stands up.
(Pattern available to members only on The Resource Room)
8. Popcorn Sheep and Clouds Bible Craft
Children glue popped popcorn onto the clouds and sheep to complete the picture.
A pattern for this craft is available to member on The Resource Room
See the Sheep Crafts and Learning Activities Page for even more sheep crafts.
Books About the Parable of the Lost Sheep for Sunday School
Lost & Found Lamb" a Peek-a-Bible book written by Tracey Harrast is a great way to
introduce the story to youngsters 2 - 5 years old. A
little sheep named Woolie jumps a wall and gets himself lost. The
good shepherd takes off looking for Woolie but not before he puts
up a lost sheep sign. He looks everywhere for him, calling
his name. The children lift up flaps in the book to help the
shepherd find Woolie. At the end of the story they have a "Welcome
home, Woolie" party with cake and candles and all different kinds
of animals are invited. This cartoon style book is a lot of
fun and teaches the children about Jesus' love for them in a fun
and interesting way.
If you can't find this book, another good book for younger children is "The Shepherd Who Searched (Stories Jesus Told) (Stories Jesus Told)", by Margaret Willams. It has very cute pictures. There is a whole series of these books that would be great to include in your Sunday school lessons.
||One Lost Sheep -
“Step, step, step
up mountain, steep.
Where, oh where,
is that lost sheep?”
The faithful shepherd counts his 100 sheep and realizes that one of them is missing! Under brambles, behind rocks, the shepherd looks until he finds it again. Children will delight in this fun and engaging tale as they learn that God, like the faithful shepherd, will never let them stray.
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"The Good Shepherd" Sunday School Activities
1. Play a Sheep Game.
The children in this game are sheep. The object of the game is to
get to the green pasture first by throwing the
die and moving forward the amount of spaces indicated on the die.
If a sheep lands on a purple situation space, the sheep picks up a
situation card and does what it says on the card. The sheep
can lose a turn, or move forward or backward spaces depending on the
situation. (The Printable Game Board is available to members on The Resource Room.)
Give each child a sheep game piece (Printable Patterns available on The Resource Room) and have them write their names on the back. To play have the children take turns throwing the die and moving
ahead that many spaces. If a child lands on a purple space,
he has to pick up a card and do what it says. If he lands
on something other than the purple space he stays there. The
first child to reach the new pasture first wins.
Following are some comments from Vicki Budden who played this game
with her daughters:
We played the Lost Sheep game and really enjoyed
it. I made little sheep for the game board by using the top left
sheep graphic in the coloring page. I printed a number of these
out onto cardboard and stuck a cotton ball to the back of it (this
was to give it a little stability - though not 100% successful!).
I then drew a different colored bow onto each sheep to distinguish
them and they looked quite cute. We used a 2 liter juice carton
with colored dots on it to make a dice and this was very successful
for my age of my girls (preschool).
I enlarged the game board to fit on the floor
of my room (using three sheets of brown wrapping paper glued together
and green fabric as the grass). Instead of using sheep as movers,
the children were their own moving piece. The game went over very
well with the children. I look forward to using more of this series.
You can use different colors of construction paper
or felt pieces for the spaces and green fabric for the pastures.
Just tape them down to the floor.
2. Play "Gathering Your Sheep" Balloon Game
What you will need: One balloon "sheep" per child,
newspaper, masking tape, two chairs, electric fan.
1. Inflate balloons and draw sheep face, ears,
and tails on them with wide markers.
2. Set up the two chairs at one end of the room,
and a masking tape start line at the other end.
3. Give each child a few sheets of newspaper.
Show them how to roll it into a "rod" and put enough
tape on it to make it stiff.
How to Play:
1. The children are going to make-believe they
are shepherds and herd their flock through the gate.
2. Tell them the rules before hand. "Anyone
caught hitting someone with their rod will have to sit out of
3. Have 5-6 children stand at the start line with
their balloon between their feet. The first one to push
their "sheep" balloon across the floor with their "rod"
to the "gate" is the winner of that round.
They are allowed to blow on other kids "sheep" to get
them off track, or wave their "rod" to blow the others
"sheep" away, but they may not touch each others "sheep",
only their own. To make the game more challenging, turn
the fan on "low" and place it behind the "gate",
which will push the balloons back towards the start line.