We have been focusing on sheep around here for a little while. Almost since Easter. I know! That is a long time!
The other day we started a new activity that G now asks for almost every day. It is based on the parable of the lost sheep. To make sure that the idea of the story sticks in her head we start out by reading the parable before we do this activity.
We have a book called A Child’s Book of Grace with lots of Bible stories, prayers, poems, and activities for little ones. I have had it for a long time and I love it (I can’t find a viable link to a place you can buy it direct, sorry). The lost sheep parable is included in this and takes only one page. This is perfect for a toddler’s attention span! So, we read the parable.
And then I ask G if she would like to be a good shepherd and go find our lost sheep. We look high and low, calling out “Sheep. Sheep. Where are you, Sheep?”
We search the whole house looking for the sheep and find him in a different spot each time. On this day, he happened to be visiting his friend, Pig.
What is the sheep, you may ask? It is an L-shaped pillow wrapped in a lambie blanket.
When we find it, we celebrate, just like in the story! We place the sheep on her shoulder and say, “Hooray! We found our lost sheep!” Then we sing and clap and have a general good time!
And then we read a book, while we lay with the sheep.
This activity helps our little one to make connections between what she reads and real life. It also plants a small seed of the Word of God in her heart which will hopefully produce a crop 100 fold.