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The Lost Sheep

Sample Bible Lesson for Children


The Lost Sheep Bible Lesson for Childlren from Daniellesplace.com

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Scripture References:

Story Reference: Luke 15:3-7

Printable Bible Phrase Cards:

Print out the pattern onto card stock, cut apart, and send home with each child. (Printable patterns available to members on The Resource Room and as an instant download above.)

Teaching Concepts:

God loves you and cares for you. God keeps calling you until you find your way to him. When you ask God to forgive you for the bad things you do, and ask him into your heart, he is so happy. God, and all the angels in heaven, celebrate and have a party.


Early Arrivals Crafts and Activities


1. "Where is the Lost Sheep? Printable Book

coloring book

This craft is not only a coloring book, but a story about the lost sheep. With simple, repetitive words children will enjoy reading it along with you.

What to do:

1. Print out the pages and cut around the edges. Do not cut the pages apart in the middle. (Patterns available above.)


2. Fold the inside pages in half so that the pictures show.

(This book also comes in colored pages.)



2. Make a Cotton Ball Sheep with Bible Verse Picture

The Lost Sheep - Cotton Ball Craft for Kids

Have your children color a picture of a sheep and then glue cotton balls, fiberfill, popcorn, noodles painted white, or crinkled up white tissue paper onto the sheep's body.

You can also have them glue on foam flowers and leaves.

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 the head patterns and when the children are all done gluing the cotton on, they can glue the head pattern on top of the cotton as shown in the picture above. (Patterns available above.)

This pattern also includes the Bible verse in both KJV and NIV (not shown).


3. Popcorn Sheep Picture

popcorn sheep

What you will need:

Card Stock (Heavy Paper)

White Glue

Popped Popcorn

Crayons or Colored Pencils

What to do:

1. Before class print out the Popcorn Sheep Pattern and make copies.

(Printable patterns available above.)

2. Pop the popcorn and crunch it up a little.

3. In class help your children color the picture and then help them spread glue on the sheep and clouds so they can stick the popcorn to the glue,

4. Write the child's name and Bible verse on the picture when they are done.

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4. "Where's the Lost Sheep?" Match Box Bible Craft

This craft is also available in Hungarian.

"Where's the Lost Sheep" Match Box Craft from www.daniellesplace.com


What you will need:

Card Stock (Heavy Paper),Green Paper, Colored Pencils, Elmer's Rubber Cement (Paper Glue), One-inch White Pompoms, Black Pipe Cleaners


What to do:

1. Before class print out the patterns onto the green paper, and the Sheep Head Patterns, and cut them out.

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2. To make the bottom of the box fold all the dotted lines up. Glue Flap A over the other Flap A on the same side. Fold down Flap C over Flap A and Flap B on both sides and glue them down.

3. Fold down Flap E over the F on both sides and glue.

4. To make the sliding top, place glue on the side indicated and stick it over the opposite side.

5. Cut the pipe cleaners into one-inch lengths and glue them to the pompom for legs. Glue a sheep head to each body.

6. In class have your children write their names on the box top and color the picture with colored pencils. Fold the top and glue it together.

7. Have your children place the green Bible verse pattern inside the bottom of the box and then place the pompom sheep on the green paper. Slide the bottom of the box inside the top of the box.

8. Tell your students that every time they open the box they should say the Bible verse.

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5. Peek-a-Boo Sheep Cup Craft

Peek-a-Boo Sheep Craft


What you will need: Green Party Cups, Green Paper, White Card Stock, Jumbo Craft Sticks, Glue, Colored Pencils, Scissors, and Flower stickers or Flower Foam Shapes.

How to Make:

1. Before class cut off the ridge of the paper cups. (If you don't have green cups you can glue green paper or green craft foam around a paper cup.) Cut a slit in the middle of the bottom of the cup so that a jumbo craft stick will fit through (about one inch long).

2. Print out the Sheep Patterns onto white card stock, and the Word Patterns onto green paper.

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3. In class have your children color the sheep patterns and glue them to the end of a jumbo craft stick, and then Insert the craft stick into the bottom of the cup.

4. Older children can cut slits in the top of the cup to make it look like grass. Cut slits at the top of the "Where is the Lost Sheep" words pattern to make it look like grass. Have your children glue the words to the front of the cup.

5. To finish decorate the cup with flower stickers or flower craft foam shapes.



The Lesson and Activity



Before class hide a stuffed sheep toy somewhere in the class where the children won't find it until lesson time. If you can go outside for this lesson, hide the sheep outside. (If you don't have a good place to hide the sheep in the room until story time, just have someone hide him in a purse or bag until the children start looking for him.) Give them a little time to look and then pull out the sheep and pretend that you have found him.

Have a teacher come into the room dressed like a shepherd. The shepherd should yell, "Woolie, where are you?" and start looking around the room. Then he should look down and notice the children. He can say something like, "Oh, Hi, I'm a shepherd. I have 100 sheep in my flock but today when I counted them I only could find 99. I realized that my little sheep, Woolie, is missing. I love all my little sheep very much and I could not stand it if I lost any of them. I have been looking for my little Woolie all morning and can't seem to find him. He must be really hungry and scared by now. Do you kids think maybe you could help me find him?" The shepherd and other teachers should start looking for the sheep around the room. The children will follow. The shepherd and other teachers should start calling for the sheep saying, "Woolie, come out, come out, wherever you are!" and "Woolie, I miss you." and "Woolie, Where are you?" When the sheep has been found, the shepherd should act very happy and hug the little sheep. He should say something like, "I'm so glad I found you, Woolie! I will always love you!" Then the shepherd should have all the children sit down in a circle and say, "This reminds me of a story I read in the Bible. Do you want to hear it?"

The Story:

One day Jesus told this story to a group of people who were following him. He told them that a shepherd had 100 sheep. He would count them every night. One night the shepherd only counted 99 so he left the 99 sheep and went looking for his little lost sheep. He looked everywhere and he didn't give up until he found it. He was so happy when he found his little lost sheep that he invited all his friends to his house to have a party to celebrate finding his little sheep.

Jesus told the people this story because he wanted them to know how much God loved them and cared for them. He was telling them that God is a lot like the shepherd in this story. God keeps calling you until you find your way to him. When you ask God to forgive you for the bad things you do, and ask him into your heart, he is so happy. God, and all the angels in heaven, celebrate and have a party.

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Father, We thank you for your loving kindness, for caring about us, and forgiving us when we ask for your forgiveness. Amen


Snack Time


Now let's have a party right now to celebrate finding my lost sheep! Hand out balloons (don't give them to very small children), snacks, and a drink.




1. "Where's the Lost Sheep?" Card Game

Children take turns turning over a card to see if they can find the lost sheep. Each card reveals a different animal hiding behind the object on the card. Children can play this game over and over because the teacher can tape the sheep picture to a different card each time they play.

1. Before class print out card patterns and the lost sheep onto card stock (Heavy Paper).

(Printable patterns available above.)

2. Cut the cards apart, fold them in half, and glue them closed.

3. Place a small piece of tape on the sheep and tape it to the back of one of the cards.

4. In class lay all the cards out on the floor or table so that the lost sheep isn't showing.

5. Have your children take turns turning over the cards to see if they can find the "Lost Sheep".

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2. "Gathering Your Sheep" Balloon Game

Gathering Your Sheep Balloon Game from www.daniellesplace.com

What you will need:



Masking Tape

Two Chairs

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 to make rods and tape them 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 between their feet. 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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Tomorrow for our moments with the children, we're going to use the herding the balloon sheep idea. We set aside a few minutes of church each week for a small devotion for the kids. This week we're going to put the kids in the back of the church and have them herd their 'sheep' to the front. Then we're going to tell them how much we're like sheep to our shepherd, God. We often want to go our own way, to stray from the flock. God then has to herd us back into the safety of the fold. We're hoping a couple of balloons might pop to show how dangerous it is when we stray from God. We're really excited about this devotion. I think it will leave a lasting memory of the importance of staying close to God. Thank you for your wonderful site. It gives us great lessons and crafts, and ideas that we can build on to reach our kids. Keep up the good work. Thanks, Kandy


3. Make Oooey Gooey Sheep

Use a picture of some sheep and laminate them. Then give the children whipped cream to finger-paint with on the sheep. (Sent in by Nancy Foss)


4. Counting Wool

This activity can be done as a group activity or as an individual activity. Have the children take turns rolling dice or a die. The children glue cotton balls onto a sheep picture according how much they rolled on the dice. (Sent in by Nancy Foss)

counting wool dice picture

*If you have older children you can make this a competitive game. Divide the children into teams and give each a picture of a sheep. Ask each team a question from the lesson. If they answer the question correctly they get to roll the dice and glue that many cotton balls to their sheep. The team that covers their sheep with cotton balls first wins.

You can buy 12 Jumbo Foam Dice from Amazon to play this game.

You can find other craft and activity ideas for this lesson on the Bible Crafts and Activity Page.


5. Who's Missing?

Pick one child to stand in front of the room facing the wall with his eyes closed. Have the other children sit behind him. Silently pick one of the children to leave the room or hide behind an object in the room. Then have the child in the front of the room turn around and guess who is missing. Remind your children that God knows where we are all the time. We are never missing in his eyes.


6. Memory Game

Gather five items and set them on a table. Give the children about 30 seconds to look at the items. Have them close their eyes while you remove one of the items and then open them. Ask them if they know which item is missing? Play again but add more items this time. Keep playing and adding more items each time you play. Tell your children that no matter how many people there are in the world, God still know where everyone is at all times.

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We are all Gods Sheep
Written by Marie
(Sing to the tune of “This Land is Your Land.”)

We are all God’s sheep,
We are all God’s sheep,
If one of us goes and walks away.
God will come looking,
Until He finds us;
He will carry us back to His home.


Jesus Loves You

One, two, Jesus loves you.
Three, four, open the door.
Five, six, high kicks, low kicks.
Seven, eight, twist and bend.
Twist and bend 'til the end.

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The Father Loves Me
(Tune to the Barney Song)
Written by Nancy Foss

The Father loves me and I love him,
We're a happy family.
With love of Jesus in our hearts to stay,
Won't you give your love today?

All the Little Sheep
Written by Marie
Sing to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”

Oh, all the little sheep belong to God.
Oh, all the little sheep belong to God.
When one sheep wanders off,
God will find it cause it’s lost,
Oh, all the little sheep belong to God.

God will bring the little sheep back to His Word.
God will bring the little sheep back to His Word.
We will sing to Him the praise,
He deserves all of our days,
God will bring the little sheep back to His Word.

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The Little Lost Sheep
Written by Carolyn Warvel
(Sing to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus")

The little lost sheep cries, "Baa, baa, baa, baa, baa, baa".
The little lost sheep cries, "Baa, baa, baa, baa, baa, baa".
The little lost sheep cries, "Baa, baa, baa, baa, baa, baa,"
All the night long.

The shepherd in the field shouts, "Where are you? Where are you?"
The shepherd in the field shouts, "Where are you? Where are you?"
The shepherd in the field shouts, "Where are you? Where are you?"
All the night long.

The little lost sheep goes, "Baa, baa, baa, baa, baa, baa".
The little lost sheep goes, "Baa, baa, baa, baa, baa, bass".
The little lost sheep goes, "Baa, baa, baa, baa, baa, baa,"
All the night long.

The shepherd in the field shouts, "There are you! There are you!"
The shepherd in the field shouts, "There are you! There are you!"
The shepherd in the field shouts, "There are you! There are you!"
All safe and sound.

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The Lost & Found Lamb

"The Lost & Found Lamb" a peek-a-Bible book, written by Tracy Harrast - This is a great little book. Children lift the flaps to help look for the lost sheep named "Woolie"

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We would love to hear your comments about this lesson. If you have done this lesson with your class we would love to hear how it went, if you changed anything, added anything, what age you taught and was it appropriate. Any comments that would help other teachers would be greatly appreciated and posted here for everyone to read.

We colored two pictures and made The Cotton Ball Sheep. It was a good craft, but the thin cardboard I used didn't hold up and they wouldn't stand, even when I bent the legs for a base. I would suggest using a stronger cardboard than poster board, or making it with just one side of cotton balls! I used pictures of flocks of sheep, shepherds holding lambs, and a picture of Jesus with a sheep to illustrate the point while we talked about the story. Then they got to color those pictures. It was probably the best lesson we've done in a few months. I've also been making up a half sheet of paper to give the parents after class that tells them what we learned. I include the Bible verse or story and a few questions their child should be able to answer. This has been a big hit - now Mom and Dad have a reference instead of having to ask "what did you do in class today?". Bethany Davis

We did the "Cotton Ball Sheep" craft. I cut craft sticks in half and pre-glued them to each child's sheep. I also cut the cotton balls into smaller pieces for the kids to glue on. This helped the the sheep stand up after completion. The kids loved it. Thanks! Becki Ryan

I used the Lost Sheep Lesson with our preschool class 2-5's the other week and had a lot of fun with it. We made the Cotton Ball Sheep. Before class I cut out the sheep and added craft sticks to each one. The kids loved gluing the cotton balls on and the faces they designed where great. We then played a game with the sheep, I turned around and my helper would tap one of the children on the shoulder to indicate hide your sheep. I became the shepherd, looking for the lost sheep. It was a hit, and it easily illustrated how Jesus, our good shepherd, takes care of us and knows us by name. A great lesson!!!

I did the Lost Sheep Sunday and the kids loved it. They especially loved the sheep game I made for them to play. Barbara

I have also used the Lost Sheep lesson and coloring page. The children had fun putting the cotton balls on their coloring pages. I also had an older child dress up like a shepherd and he talked to this children to see if they could help find his lost sheep. At the end of class the shepherd came back and told them he found Wooly and thanked them for the help.

God works in such delightful ways and you are part of THAT ministry. A few weeks ago, my sister saw a Lamb Chop Puppet and had to buy it for me. I hid him in the room before the lesson and the kids were ecstatic when we called for him and found him. What a wonderful intro for the lesson. Thank you so much for sharing all your ideas! Lynnda

First, let me give thanks to you for this wonderful site. I have worked in the preschool ministry at our church for years and I' ve never came across any better material than what I find on your web site. I let my subscription run out once and tried just using the material given to me by our church. It was ok, but I always had to scramble around trying to find hard to get items for crafts or deleting things that I know would bore the kids silly and finding other things to do to replace it. I just renewed my subscription and once again I enjoyed a smooth lesson that the kids really enjoyed. I did the lesson The Lost Sheep and it was a super hit. The kids loved the balloon game and you could have heard a pin drop when my shepherd entered the room calling for Woolie. Then they all had a blast looking for my little sheep. Ricky

We did the lost sheep lesson a few weeks ago. The kids loved it. I had my sister dress like a shepherd and come in looking for her little lost lamb. The kids LOVED it! Well, most of them. I have a couple that are a little timid and my sister is a little over dramatic. We really played it up big. They talked about this lesson for weeks. We also did the craft of the lamb with cotton. The are not too hip on crafts (I have several that are early two's), but they really loved the cotton. Thanks for the great lesson. Keep up the good work!! Sandi Cook

We used the The Lost Sheep lesson. I had five children in my class that day which is a record. All the kids loved pulling the cotton balls apart and gluing them to the picture of the sheep, then drawing trees, flowers etc. on the picture. One thing they really liked was the story that I read and gave handouts. They said it was a good story. I like your stories as I have been asked to teach Sunday School at another Church every 2nd Sunday and am the only teacher there. This means that I would have children from all age groups. The story was very easy to read and understand. I have a 5 year old "disabled" young man in my class and he loved making his sheep. When he handed it to his mom after he said clear as a bell, "Mommy found my lost sheep" We were all ahead at this as his speaking skills are not the best.

We ate popcorn for this lesson in Sunday School and pretended it was sheep wool. Thanks for such creativity pointed toward eternal truths! Shari

Last weeks lesson was on The Lost Sheep. The kids loved it, before class started I hid a sheep and had all the kids in the class look for it. They loved it. For our craft we glued cotton balls to a picture of a sheep. Thanks for the ideas. Stacey

I combined some activities this week and had a guy dress up like a shepherd and come in looking for Woolie. The kids really liked that. Then I had Woolie tell them about his adventure getting lost and tied it in with God being our Shepherd. We made a poster with their pictures on the cut out sheep from the bulletin board idea. I had them hold cotton ball sheep in their lap and pretend to be shepherds during the story. We also used the bible verse box cards, planning to add more verse cards over the next few weeks. Things went really well, they enjoyed all of the activities and the story. Thanks so much. Emma Lou

I made the shaking head sheep for the pre-school but I used stryofoam cups upside down in place of the cone thought that would be sturdier. I also made sheep cookies. I made the sugar cookie dough then after it chilled I rolled little tiny balls and used a black jelly bean for the head and raisins for the feet. Kay

Just wanna mention a game that I've tried: Have one or two children close their eyes in front of the room while someone hides a toy lamb in the room. The one or two children start to look for the lamb and the rest of the class cry out, "Hot, Cold or Warm" until the lamb is found. This works for the lost coin as well. Tata

I've taught this lesson to 4 ½ - 5 year olds once before and I have a new crop of Preschoolers to share it with tomorrow. I just wanted to share some modifications I’ve made that the kids loved. I used the sheep’s head pattern and “Jesus Loves Me” sign from the Sheep with Shaking Head craft and turned it into a peek-a-boo craft. The children glued the already-cut-out head to a craft stick. Then placed the sign in the sheep’s mouth. We then wrapped green paper that we cut into fringe around the outside of a paper cup. I used a mailing label with Psalm 23 (The Lord is my Shepherd) written on it to keep the “grass” attached to the cup. I punched a slit in the bottom of the cup with scissors; the craft stick goes inside and into the slit. The lamb waits inside the cup until you push the stick up and…“Peek-a-Boo!”…you’ve found the sheep! I also read “Because I Love You" by Max Lucado. Thank you for these wonderful lessons!! They’ve been an extraordinary inspiration! Summer

I used the cotton ball sheep craft this past Sunday in my lesson. We had a blast! My husband came in about 5 minutes into class, as a frantic shepherd who had lost his most precious little lamb. The kids really got into it, and we searched all over the church for that lost lamb. We let one of them find it, and took "Sam" back to class with us. Then we had our story of Jesus as our shepherd, and they were so involved, I loved it.

Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I did the Lost Sheep lesson last week in my Sunday School class, and my three to six year olds just loved it! They especially liked when I, the shepherd, came in looking for the lost sheep. They listened very well to the story, and participated a lot. I got this lesson off of your sample page of the site, and as soon as I saw the success, I became a subscriber. I love all of the fun information and activities on your site. It is well worth the money paid. I plan on using this site for all of my lessons in the future. We'll be doing the Good Shepherd this week to expand on the sheep idea. I made the sheep sock puppet, so that "he" can do the lesson this week. I'll let you know next week how it went. I just want to say thanks! I know that this site will help our little Sunday School class grow in numbers and spirit. I'm so excited to see what happens. God Bless all of you! Sincerely, Nichole Adrian

For the Lost Lamb lesson, I passed out pictures of many different animals, one to each child,as they entered the church for the closing session. One person received a picture of a lamb (Wooly). At the given time, all children made the noises or pantomimed the actions of their animal. In the midst of the noise, a lone "baaa" could be heard. The shepherd looked throughout the church and the "animals", finally locating Wooly. The celebration included cheers, clapping and a song of joy! They loved it! Thank you for the inspiration!

My 2-5 year olds loved this lesson. My husband, who is the Assistant Pastor at our church came over and played the shepherd. The children sat so quietly during the lesson. They kept wanting to know if the shepherd was coming back. This definitely kept their attention.


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