Help your preschoolers know they're special to
Say: Once there was a shepherd who had 100
sheep. He always took good care of his sheep. Every day, the
shepherd took his sheep to eat grass from the pasture and drink
water from the stream. Every night, the shepherd counted his sheep
as they went into the sheepfold. One night, the shepherd discovered
that one of this sheep was missing. He left the other sheep to go
look for it. Finally, the shepherd found his sheep. He pulled it
from the bush and carried it home on his shoulders. The shepherd
was so happy that he'd found his sheep! He invited all his friends
to come and celebrate with him. Jesus is like that good shepherd.
He'll take care of us and keep us safe, just like the shepherd took
care of his sheep.
Draw a simple sheep shape on a sheet of paper. Set out
cotton balls and glue sticks. Hold up a cotton ball and complete
the sentence, "You're special because..."
Tell something that's special about each
child, such as "You're a good helper."
Then dip the cotton ball in glue, and stick it inside the
sheep shape. Allow children to add cotton balls, telling
what's special about you and about each other.
Continue until you have a fluffy reminder that you're all God's