Today I’m posting an activity you can do with children to teach them the story of the Good Shepherd. After you have done it with them several times, they should be able to do it on their own as kind of a Catholic Montessori activity. My preschoolers love this! And the best part is- I’m going to provide you with the necessary printables and directions to make your own set!.
“This is the Good Shepherd, and these are his sheep” (hold up coordinating pieces and set them inside the fence as you talk) “The Good Shepherd always enters through the gate.” (bring the shepherd in through the gate) “The sheep know his voice. He calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out” (Take out shepherd, and take out the sheep one at a time behind the shepherd. Have him call them by your kid’s names. For example: “Come on Lydia!” (bring a sheep out) “Come along Julian!” (bring out the second sheep). “When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.” (Walk the shepherd around to other side, and have the sheep follow him one at a time.) “A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” (Continue with the shepherd around with the sheep following, and have him bring them back inside the fence) “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own, and my own know me.” (hold up the Shepherd) “The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (Lay the Shepherd on his side, using his body to close the fence and keep the sheep in- shown below) “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my sheep, and my sheep know me- Just as the Father know me and I know the Father- and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (Now put one of the sheep outside the fence at the length of your arm) “And I have other sheep that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd. If a shepherd has 100 sheep and one of them gets lost, will he leave the others and go in search of the lost one.” (Have the shepherd go and find the lost sheep). “And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders rejoicing! And when he comes home, he says ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my sheep which was lost’ and all the sheep are filled with joy! They are all together again with the Good Shepherd.” (Put them all back inside the fence along with the shepherd.)
- Foam Board (from the Dollar Tree. $1)
- Green Paper
- Glue Stick
- Something for “hole poking” (I used a corn on the cob holder)
- Pipe Cleaners (also from the Dollar Tree. $1)
- School Glue
Make Your Pasture:
- Trace a circle onto your foam board and green paper using a mixing bowl, and cut them out. It will be easier to cut the foam board using a box cutter if you have one on hand.
- Glue the green paper circle onto your foam board circle with a glue stick.
- Poke holes around the outside edge of the “pasture” for the fence. Leave an opening for the sheep to come in and out. (see pictures below)
- Cut the pipe cleaners into thirds and insert them into the holes for the fence. You can put one drop of glue on each hole before inserting the pipe cleaner for a permanent hold.
When poking your holes and inserting your pipe cleaners, go all the way around the circle putting them side by side first, like this:
Then poke holes in between each section of fence and insert a second layer of pipe cleaners, so that the fence pieces appear to cross each other. Don’t forget about leaving your opening!
Now you’re ready to start teaching your kids about the Good Shepherd! Come back tomorrow to get the preschool script that coordinates with this set! I’m so excited about this preschool curriculum!