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Start with a simple sheep picture. This one was from microsoft but you could draw your own. Print out enough for one word per sheep and the bible reference. I used card so I could decorate each sheep with cotton wool. Write on the verse or print out the words and stick them on. You could attach velcro to the back to stick to a flannel board or magnets for a white board or blue tac.
To introduce the verse to the children (ages 5-10ish) hide the sheep around the room (before the children arrive). Explain that your sheep have wandered off – gone astray- and everyone needs to find them. As the sheep are found place on the board or wall in the correct order. Once they are all there say the verse together a few times. Show the children where it is found in the bible. To help the children learn the verse say a few more times removing a sheep each time.
Explain that we are like sheep – we want to go our own way rather than God’s way.
Craft idea – give each child a sheep and get them to write the verse in the centre (you could do this for younger ones or reluctant writers). Have glue and cotton wool and coloured pens/crayons to decorate.
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