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The Good Shepherd Bible Lesson for Children

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Memory Verse:

" I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me." John 10:14

Story Reference:

Psalm 23, "The Lord is my Shepherd."

Printable Bible Phrase Cards:

Print out the cards onto card stock, cut them apart, and send one home with each child. This verse is different than the one on the ABC worksheet below.) The children can also make for their cards. (Available to members, above)

Teaching Concepts:

God is like a good shepherd: He knows us, leads us, protects us, and keeps us from harm.


Early Arrivals Activity


1. Make a Cotton Ball Sheep Picture

Sheep Activity Sheet

Before class print out the patterns for the sheep.

(Printable Patterns available to members and as an instant download above.)

In class have your children color the picture first and then glue cotton balls, fiberfill, popcorn, noodles painted white, or crinkled up white tissue paper onto the sheep's body.

This craft can be made two different ways. You can print out the pattern of the whole sheep and just have the children glue on the materials. This works okay but they tend to cover up parts of the head with the cotton. You can also print out the body and head patterns separately.

When the children are all done gluing the cotton on, then they glue the head pattern on top of the cotton as shown in the picture above.



2. Lamb of God Cup Craft

Lamb of God Cup Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

9-oz. White Party Cups

Pink Pompoms

Cotton Balls

Blue Paper (Optional)

White Colored PencilsWhite Glue

Card Stock


What to do:

1. Before class print out the Sheep Head Pattern onto cardstock (Heavy Paper) and cut it out. (Printable Patterns available to members and as an instant download above.)

2. Tape the pattern onto the paper cup matching the edge of the pattern to the bottom edge of the paper cup.

3. Cut out around the pattern, and then fold down the ears.

4. Print out the Background Pattern onto blue paper. (Available to Member Only on The Resource Room.)

5. Cut the cotton balls in half so they are thinner and go farther.

6. In class have your children glue cotton balls onto the sheep pattern, draw a face on the cup, color the legs with white crayon or colored pencil, and glue a pink pompom on for the nose. Then have them glue the cup head to the pattern page.


The Lesson


How would you describe God? What is he like? (Let the children answer and write their answers on the board.)

Here are some of the ways God is described in the Bible: He is our rock, a shelter from the storm, our hiding place, a gardener, spring of living water, bread of life, friend, light of the world, master, morning star, doctor, king, judge, ruler, savior, teacher, and our creator.

Today we are going to look at how David describes God. Does anyone remember what David's job was? He was a shepherd before he became king. He described God as the good shepherd in Psalms. Does everyone know what a shepherd is?

If God is our shepherd, what does that make us? Sheep.

Did you know that we are a lot like sheep? Can anyone think of a way we might be like sheep? ( Hold up a stuffed sheep and let the children come up with some ideas.)

Sheep need a shepherd to guide them, protect them and help them. We need God to guide us, protect us and help us too.

Tangled up

Sometimes sheep get themselves tangled up in brambles because they aren't looking where they are going. Their fleece is thick and the more they try to free themselves, the more stuck they become. The shepherd has to come and cut the sheep free.

Fall over

Sometimes sheep fall over and can't get up by themselves. The shepherd has to come and help them up.


Sheep don't always pay attention to where they are going. Sometimes they are so concerned about what they are eating that they tend to wander off and get lost and the shepherd has to go out and look for them.

We need God to help just like sheep need a shepherd to help them when they get in trouble. We need God to help us do the right things. Sheep need the shepherd to save them when they are in trouble. We need Jesus to save us from our sins. He died for us so we can be forgiven of our sins and live forever with him in heaven.

We are a lot like sheep. There are so many things going on around us that we sometimes forget about God and what he wants us to do. Instead of reading our Bibles and praying, we wonder off to do other things. We need the Holy Spirit to guide us and remind us about God.


Sheep can't protect themselves very well. They don't have sharp claws or sharp teeth and they don't run very fast. The shepherd has to protect his sheep from dangerous animals. He carries a rod or stick that he uses to fight off any wild animals. We also need God's protection. We can go to him when we are in trouble or scared, and he will comfort us.

God is our shepherd. He is a good shepherd. A good shepherd knows each one of his sheep by name. He not only knows their names, but he knows every thing about them. He knows what they sound like. He can tell by the way they cry if they are in trouble, lost or sick. God, your shepherd, knows everything about you. He loves you just the way you are, bad things and all. He knows when you are sad, happy or lonely.

A good shepherd never leaves his sheep alone.(Psalm 23:6) God will never leave you because he is your good shepherd. (Matthew 28:20)

The Bible tells us (Open your Bible and read the verse) in John 10:14, " I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me."

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Father, thank you for being our good shepherd. Thank you for protecting us, and guiding us, and dying on the cross so that we might be saved. Forgive us when we don't always follow you. Keep us on the right paths and show us the way you would like us to go. Amen.


More Crafts

1. Make a "God Loves You" Sheep with Noodles or Cotton Balls.

Sheep Craft made with noodles from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

Cardstock (Heavy Paper)

Crayons or Markers

Macaroni Noodles

White Paint


What to do:

1. Before class spray paint raw macaroni noodles white. (Printable Patterns available to members and as an instant download above.)

2. Print out the Sheep Pattern onto card stock (heavy paper).

3. In class have the children color the sheep picture and then glue macaroni noodles onto the sheep. 

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2. Make a Shaking Head Sheep

This little guy looks great in your car. It shakes its head up and down.

Sheep Shaking Head Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

Cotton Balls or Fiberfill for Stuffing

Card Stock

Black Markers



White Glue

How to Make the Shaking Head Sheep:

1. Print out the Sheep Pattern onto card stock.

Single Instant Download Instant Download Bible Lesson $2.00 or available with the complete lesson to members and as an instant download above.)

2. Cut out the pattern pieces.

3. Glue or staple the body pattern together to form a cone shape.

4. Cut large cotton balls into smaller shapes and glue them all over the cone shape.

5. Glue the legs and arms onto the sheep's body as shown in the picture.

Child making shaking head sheep craft from www.daniellesplace.com  in Iksan, S. Korea

6. Cut the sheep's mouth open a little bit and glue the sign inside its mouth.

7. Fan fold the sheep's neck and attach it to the inside of the top of the cone. Glue the head to the other end of the neck.  The neck should move up and down when you move the sheep.

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3. Make a Shepherd Boy with Sheep Standup Figure

Sheep Craft - Shepherd Holding Sheep Paper Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:

Card Stock

Colored Pencils or Crayons



How to make:

1. Print out the patterns onto card stock and cut them out on the dark lines and around the head. (Printable Patterns available to members and as an instant download above.)

2. In class have the children color the shepherd and then bring the sides together to form a cone shape so that he can stand up.

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3. Shepherd and Sheep Craft Stick Craft

Shepherd and Sheep Craft

What you will need:

Natural Wood Craft Sticks

Mini Jumbo Craft Sticks

Jumbo Craft Sticks

Elmer's Tac 'N Stik Reusable Adhesive

White Cardstock (Heavy Paper)

Low Temp Mini Glue Gun

Colored Pencils



How to Make the Craft Stick Dolls:

cutting diagram

1. Before class print out the craft stick figure Template and glue craft sticks together to match the template to make the craft stick body. You can use the regular-sized craft sticks or the mini jumbo craft sticks for the arms. You will have to cut a jumbo craft stick with scissors to make the head. (Printable Patterns available to members and as an instant download above.)

2. Print out the clothes patterns onto card stock and cut them out. Cut slits in the sandals just above the strap by folding the patterns in half lengthwise. Cut out the neck area by folding the pattern in half lengthwise and then cutting out the triangle. Cut a slit in the head covering pattern by folding it in half lengthwise and cutting through the fold.

cut line diagram

3. Cut out the sheep patterns and use the template to cut a jumbo crafts stick for the body.

4. In class have your children color the patterns and slip them on the craft stick figure. Then have them draw faces on the craft stick figures.

You can use these figures to act out the story and make the clothes so they can be removed and replaced by other clothes using Elmer's Tac 'N Stik Reusable Adhesive.




The Good Shepherd Printable game board

1. Play "Green Pastures" Sheep Board 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. (Printable Patterns available to members and as an instant download above.)



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). Vicki Budden

You can also have the children be the sheep and make a life-size game area.

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2. Play "Gathering Your Sheep" Balloon Game

Gathering Sheep Balloon Game for The Good Shepherd Bible Lesson for Children's Ministry


What you will need:

Large White Balloons to Make "Sheep", Permanent Markers (Sharpie Markers), Newspapers, Masking Tape, Two Chairs, and an Electric Fan



1. Before class blow up some balloons and draw a sheep face, ears, and tails on them with thick permanent markers.

2. Set up the two chairs at one end of the room, and a masking tape start line at the other end.

3. Roll up some newspapers from corner to corner to make rods and tape them in the middle so that they don't come apart.

4. Have about three children play at once depending on how much room you have.


How to Play:

1. Tell the children that they are going to pretend they are shepherds and that the balloons are their sheep. Give each child a sheep.

2. Show them the rods and tell them that the object of the game is to be the first shepherd to get his sheep into the fold with the rest of the sheep (between the chairs. Tell them that "Anyone caught hitting someone with their rod will have to sit out of the game." Give each child a rod.

3. Have three children stand at the start line with their balloon in front of them. The first child to push their "sheep" across the floor with their "rod" through the "gate" is the winner of that round. Once all the children get a chance to play, make the game harder by turning on a fan.

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Hearding Sheep Game Variation

The Powells in South Korea played a hearding sheep game using balloons and cup sheep. Have your children glue cotton on a upside-down cup and then glue a sheep face on one side. Two children compete against each other to see how can get their sheep across a table to the other side first. The children blow up balloons. On the word go they let the air out so that it pushes the cup sheep across the table. Watch children in South Korea playing this fun game:


3. Play a Sheep Bible Verse Review Game

What you will need:


Colored Pencils



How to Play:

1. Print out the sheep and loosely cut them out. (Printable Patterns available to members and as an instant download above.)

2. Write one word of the Bible verse on each sheep.

3. Color the face, ears, and tongues with colored pencils.

4. In class put the sheep in order and go over the verse. Mix them all up and have the children try to put them back in order. You can also remove one sheep at a time from the ordered sheep and have your children say the verse each time you remove one.


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I teach the 0 to 5 year old class in Sunday school. Last week, we did The Good Shepherd lesson. I did change some of it to help my children to understand it better, as they are a little younger than the lesson. As an example, to help teach them about one thing a good shepherd does, we played a "Lost Sheep" game. I hid "lost sheep" around the room, and the children had to be "good shepherds" and find them. We did this several times, and the children really enjoyed it. It helped to tie the lesson together. Thank you for such a wonderful lesson!! Theresa Bostick

Hi! I would just like to comment on how well the lesson on The Good Shepherd went in my Sunday School class last week. I teach three to five year olds, but there is one two year old and two six year olds in there also. Anyhow, I made the sock lamb and named him Woolie, because in last weeks class that was the name of our lost sheep in our Lost Sheep lesson. Well, Woolie came out and told the story of the Good Shepherd for me. The children just loved him, and listened to every word. We made the craft of the lamb that says shake your head if you love Jesus, and the kids liked that also. Instead of using the pattern of the body of the lamb, I cut toilet paper rolls in half and painted them white before class. The lamb stood up better that way, and it was easier for the kids to glue their cotton balls to. We also did the memory verse on the flannel board. I wrote the verse on construction paper, glued felt to the back, and cut the words out like a puzzle, so it would be easier to piece together. I also made the board game, and we played it, but we had a little trouble with the pieces getting bumped all over. It was mostly the littler ones. I'm sure it would have worked better if it were just the older ones. We had an awesome jam packed Sunday School that day! Thanks a lot for all the great ideas!!!!!Sincerely, Nichole Adrian

I am very much enjoying your site. I already did The Good Shepherd's program. I combined both the young and older kids versions. A couple of things. The kids loved the shepherd interrupting the service looking for Wooley. They also loved making the bulletin board for our church. We go to a small church, and I had children from 5 to 10 in the group. An idea I had was to have each of the kids that made a lamb for the bulletin board to put their name on the lamb. The children had a very good time and stayed very interested. I look forward to using more of your ideas. Thanks again, Crystal Haglund

SheepOur lesson was on the good shepherd and I decided the best way to teach the kids about being a good shepherd was to let them do it themselves while I told the story. At the beginning of class, I gave each child a certain amount of cotton balls including myself. I told them they were going to be shepherds today and if they were going to be good shepherds they needed to watch over their sheep and make sure none of them disappeared during our lesson. While I told the lesson, we all had our sheep on the table and when I looked the other way a helper would come and take one or two of my sheep or I would purposely knock some off the table. So when we got to the part where I had to count my sheep to make sure they were all safe, some would be missing and the children were thrilled to tell me what happened to my sheep. At the end of the lesson I let them color the sheep page and used glue sticks to glue their sheep to their paper. They really enjoyed the participation. Ramona

I thought the Sheep with Shaking Head was adorable. I made it simple for 4-5 year olds to do by having them glue it to a Styrofoam cup and glue cotton balls to the cup. Here's how it turned out (minus the cotton balls). Melinda Murphy.

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