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Below are some samples of Little Lost Lamb printable craft pages, Little Lost Lamb printable Sunday School Lesson Story Pages in Color, and Little Lost Lamb printable coloring book pages. Click on the links below on the top of the lesson to go to the free Little Lost Lamb printable pictures.

This Little Lost Sheep craft page can be printed on Inkjet sticker paper or used with sticker glue to make sheep and shepherd stickers for toddler / preschool Sunday school classes.
The printable pages in color are for the teacher to use during the lesson. Sheep and shepherd with rod and staff to use as stickers for the Little Lost Sheep story.
Printable picture to color of the shepherd with his nine sheep.  The children count the sheep with you and find that one is missing.
Printable illsutrated Little Lost Lamb picture of the lamb on his shepherd's shoulder. This page says, My shepherd takes good care of me.
This Little Lost Sheep craft page can be printed on Inkjet sticker paper or used with sticker glue to make sheep and shepherd stickers for toddler / preschool Sunday school classes. The printable pages in color are for the teacher to use during the lesson. Sheep and shepherd with rod and staff to use as stickers for the Little Lost Sheep story. Printable picture to color of the shepherd with his nine sheep. The children count the sheep with you and find that one is missing. Printable illustrated Little Lost Lamb picture of the lamb on his shepherd's shoulder. This page says, My shepherd takes good care of me.
Printable story picture of the shepherd hugging his little lost sheep after it is found.
Printable picture to color of the shepherd hugging his little lost sheep after it is found.
Lift the flap interactive story picture. Little lost sheep toy craft for toddlers and preschool children
Color and fold craft for the Little Lost Sheep Sunday school lesson for children. Folding the picture brings the little lost lamb close to the shepherd.
Printable story picture of the shepherd hugging his little lost sheep after it is found.
Printable picture to color of the shepherd hugging his little lost sheep after it is found.
Lift the flap interactive story picture. Little lost sheep toy craft for toddlers and preschool children
Color and fold craft for the Little Lost Sheep Sunday school lesson for children. Folding the picture brings the little lost lamb close to the shepherd.

TODDLER LESSON - WEEK 6 - THE LITTLE LOST SHEEP

Sample of little lost lamb printable craft page
Concepts Children Learn:
We are like little sheep. We are lost without our shepherd.
Jesus is our shepherd who leads us. He loves for his little sheep to stay close to him, and follow him.
To help us stay close to our shepherd we can pray, sing praises to him, read our Bible, go to church and listen for his voice.

Prep: Mark your Bible with the verses: John 10:14; Matthew 18:12-14. Print either color story pages or black & white story pages to use with the story: Color: 1, 2, 3, 4. B & W Story Pages 1, 2, 3, 4. Cover with clear shelf paper. For Story Page 2, Make Lift-the-Flap craft (see directions below).

Only read words that are not in parentheses for the lesson. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do. The numbers in parentheses tell you what Story Page to hold up while you are telling the story.

TODDLER / PRESCHOOL SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON: THE LITTLE LOST SHEEP
Bible Memory Verse: John 10:14 Other verses used in lesson: Matthew 18:12-14 See below in Circle Time part of lesson).
INTRO: Today we're have a story about a kind shepherd and his little sheep named Marshmallow. As you will see, Marshmallow always seems to be getting into trouble.

(1) (Point to the shepherd) This is the shepherd. Do you know what a shepherd is? He is the one who takes care of the sheep. He finds pastures with green grass for the sheep to eat. He makes sure they have lots of water to drink. And, he makes sure they are safe from danger. The Good Shepherd counts his sheep every evening to make sure they are all there. Let's count the sheep with the shepherd. One...two...three...four...five ...six.... seven... eight... nine....Uh-oh! One little sheep is missing! The shepherd is upset. It makes him very sad to know one of his little sheep might not be safe. Let's see...which one is missing? Is it Cotton Candy? no...is it Fluffy? no....Is it Marshmallow? yes! He's the one who is missing! Oh, no! He's the littlest one! Quickly, the shepherd grabs his staff and his rod and goes out to look for his little lost sheep.

(None) Let's help the shepherd look for the little lost sheep. "Little sheep, where are you?" Can everybody do the actions with me? He looks high up on the hill. Get up on your tippy toes. (Get on tippy-toes, and place hand above eyes, as if looking far out). Marsh-mal-ow! My precious little sheep, where are you? The shepherd looks way down low under the cliff. Bend down low with me. (Bend down and look under the table). Marsh-mal-low! Do you hear my voice? The shepherd turns around and looks behind him. Let's all turn around. (Make one turn). Ok. Thanks for helping me look for the lost little sheep. Now let's continue with the story:

(2) Next, the shepherd looked in front of the big tree. (Point to tree) No little sheep there. Then he looked behind the big rock (lift up rock). No little sheep there either. Where could that little sheep be? The shepherd loved his little sheep so much that he would not give up looking for him. So he kept looking. Next, he looked inside the log behind the log (lift up log). No little sheep there. The shepherd was so sad. He couldn't find his little lamb anywhere. He called out for his little sheep. Little Marsh-mal-low! Where are you?", the shepherd called out once again. Then the shepherd heard something. Ba-a-a-a Ba-a-a! Listen close. (Cup your ear). Ba-a-a-a Ba-a-a! That sounds like a little sheep! The good shepherd looked behind the bush. (Lift flap on bush) There was little Marshmallow! The silly little lamb was caught in a bush! "Poor baby", said the shepherd. "Don't you worry. I'll get you out of there." Quickly the kind shepherd clipped away at the bush. Everybody show me how the shepherd clips with his scissors. (Move fingers in a cutting motion). Clip, clip, clip. Then the shepherd gently snipped away at the little sheep's wool. Snip, snip, snip. (Move fingers in a cutting motion.)

(3) Finally, his little sheep was free from the prickly bush! How happy he was to have his little lost sheep back in his arms! The shepherd gently picked up the little sheep and hugged him tight! "I knew you were missing, so I came to look for you because you are so precious to me. Please don't ever wander away again, my precious little lamb, ok?" Marshmallow looked up at his shepherd shyly and said, "ok, I won't". As the shepherd set Marshmallow down, he saw that he had been crying. The kind shepherd gently wiped away his tears. (real tissue) "Aw-w-w, you must've been scared, huh Marshmallow?" asked the shepherd. "Yes, I was", said Marshmallow, "I was afraid a big bear or tiger would come and get me when my wool was caught in the bush! Thank you so much for coming to find me. I'm so happy to be back with my shepherd! I'll keep close to you from now on, and follow you everywhere you go." "Oh, that's good to hear!", said the shepherd, "I love my little sheep so much, and I love having them close to me!" "I love my shepherd, too!", said the little sheep.

(4) So the shepherd picked up little Marshmallow, laid him on his shoulder, and carried him all the way home. Little Marshmallow and his shepherd were as happy as they could be! THE END.

CIRCLE TIME: (What does this mean for me?)

That story has a happy ending, doesn't it? In Bible Times, Jesus told a story that means a lot to us today. The story is in the book of Matthew. Here's what Jesus said: (Read Matthew 18:12-14)

That's kind of like our story, when the shepherd was so happy to find little Marshmallow when he was lost? Have any of you ever been lost? That's no fun, is it? Its scary because you don't know which way is home, and you know you can't take care of yourself. Does anyone want to share about a time when they were lost? (Let a few children tell their stories).

Ok, thank you all for sharing. Did you know that people who don't know Jesus are lost too. They are lost in a different way. They are lost because they don't have Jesus to lead them. Remember our Bible verse today? Let's say it together: (Read John 10:14). Jesus loves us so much that he wants us to stay near him.

Remember how the shepherd was calling out the little lamb's name? He was calling out, Marshmallow, where are you? Well, Jesus, our shepherd, knows each one of our names too. He knows ______'s name, and _______'s name.... (Keep repeating, filling in the blank with each child's name). Each one of you is so precious to him that he knows all about you. He knows your name. He knows when you are happy or sad. He even knows how many hairs are on your head. That's how important you are to him.

Remember, in the story, how Marshmallow made the sound, baa-aa, ba-a-a-a, when he knew his shepherd was there? He made the sound so his shepherd could find him. He was calling out to his shepherd for help. And, the shepherd was so happy to find him. That's like Jesus. Jesus is always there for us too; and Jesus loves for us to call out to him. He loves for us to come close to him and pray to him.

Can anyone think of some other ways we can be near to Jesus? (Give them time to answer). Yes, when we read our Bibles, or have someone read our Bible to us, we are also getting closer to Jesus. And, we learn about Jesus in church, too, so its good to be in church as much as we can, isn't it? We can also sing praises to Jesus. Jesus loves to hear our praise! And, Jesus loves us to stay as close to him as we can be!

Transition: You can use this prayer as a sample. Let the Spirit guide you as to what to say. Give children a chance to pray after you pray.

Sample Prayer: Dear God,

Thank you for loving me so much that you are our shepherd.

Thank you for taking such good care of us,

just like a shepherd takes good care of his sheep.

Help us to stay close to you always,

and not wander away or get lost.

In Jesus' name, Amen.

Transition: Now we have some fun activities and games about the shepherd his sheep.

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WEEK 6 Free Activities - Little Lost Lamb Activities and Games

Sample of printable little lost lamb printable craft

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Pretend Play Activity

"I'm A Little Lost Sheep" Activity

Supplies:
Instructions: (and see dialog below)
Long robes (for 1 or more adults)

Prep: Note: If you have more than a few children, it would be good to have more than one shepherd. Gather supplies, make the no-sew shepherd's hats ahead of time. Enlarge pattern on copier. Use the enlarged copy as your pattern. Lay pattern on fold, as indicated on pattern, pin, and cut out of fabric.Have the shepherd get dressed in their outfit over their regular clothes: Wear a robe with a tie, sandals, and your shepherd's hat: You just place the hat on your head so that it opens in front, and push headband over the top to make gathers.

sandals (for the adults who will be shepherd's)

Shepherd's hats (for 1 or more adults): (Make from Easy no-sew shepherd's hat pattern

Lightweight woven fabric (cotton, rayon, etc.) for shepherd's hat. Striped fabric give hats an interesting look.
Stretchy ties or head bands for shepherd's hats
Ties to go around their waists
Snack or extra surprise for snack (candy or cookies, etc.)

Dialog for "I'm a Little Lost Sheep" Activity.

Say, "To help you understand the story, let's pretend we are sheep. I will be the shepherd (or name the people who will be) that has to go and find the sheep that get lost." (Tell them where the pasture area will be, and tell them that its dangerous to go to the other areas because there are cliffs over there...and deep wells you can fall into over there...etc. (Show the group of sheep how they say baa-a-a to sound like sheep, and place their hands on top of their heads to make ears, or walk hunched over or crawl).

To show them how to play: (Have all the sheep gather around you (the shepherd) and count all of your sheep at the beginning. Have at least one adult be a sheep wander off by himself]. "I hope none of my sheep wander off. When my little sheep wanders off, they get lost", (Have the adult sheep run off and hide behind something). "Now I will count my sheep to make sure they are all here." (Begin counting). "Un-oh...one of my little sheep is missing. Is it ______? No, she is here with me. Is it _____? No,He is here too." (Fill in the blanks with a few of the children's names, then name the "sheep" who is lost.) "Oh, its _____ who is missing. Oh no, my precious little sheep is missing. I will go find him." Go off to look for the sheep, look in a few places where you know they are not to make it fun. You both jump up and down and act happy when you find the lost sheep. Then lead him gently back to the pasture.
Now tell the children that they can all wander off so the shepherd can come and find them. As they start wandering off, start saying names again, asking who is missing. When you go to find them, if you are in good physical shape, you can pick up the children and put them over your shoulder, or give them a "shoulder back ride", or carry them an easier way, or just lead them by the hand, back to the pasture area.

If they want you to get them "unstuck from a bush" or help them in another way, just play along with their request (if appropriate, or course). Treat them extra special when you find them. Ask them if they are hurt or scared. Pat them to comfort them, hug them, tickle them (if they like tickling), or lift them up high in the air, etc.

When you have found all of the sheep and have brought them each back at least once, you can say, "Ok, I think all of my little sheep have been found and brought home. I think they are getting hungry. I wouldn't want them to go hungry, so let's come back to the snack table for a snack." (Gather up the children for snack).

SONG - The Shepherd Had a Little Lamb . This is a song with hand motions. Sing to the tune of "Mary had a little lamb". The corresponding actions are in the right column). Show the children once, then ask them to try to sing and do the actions with you.

The shepherd had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb. Curl hands up and place on head, and wiggle like ears.
The shepherd had a little lamb. Its wool was soft as fuzz. Move fingers in a scrunching motion.
The shepherd had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb. Curl hands up and place on head like lamb ears.
And, everything his shepherd did, the la-amb also does. Shake head "yes".
 
The shepherd had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb. Curl hands up and place on head like lamb ears.
The shepherd had a little lamb. He would always pray. Place hands together as if praying.
The shepherd had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb. Curl hands up and place on head like lamb ears.
And, everywhere the shepherd was, his lamb was sure to stay. Sit down on floor, or stoop down.
 
Jesus has a little child, little child, little child. Flex wrist, and place hand horizontally in front of you, down low at waist level.
Jesus has a little child, and that little child is me! Point to yourself!
Jesus has a little child, little child, little child. Flex wrist, and place palm horizontally in front of you, down low at waist level.
I'll be sure to follow him, and always let him lead. Move fingers in walking motion.
Toddler Game - Help the Shepherd Find His Little Lost Sheep!

Needed to Play:

Pictures of sheep. Print and cut apart.

Prep: Hide the sheep in classroom before class, or when they go outside (if that is part of your curriculum). Have extras in your pocket to give to the children who are having a hard time finding any. You can hide right before you give a hint to where a sheep might be, that way he is sure to find it .

Prize for each child (candy, stickers, small toys or puzzles). How To Play: Just like a traditional Easter Egg hunt, only the children are the "shepherds" who go look for all the lost sheep.
When most or all of the sheep have been found, have them bring their sheep over to you. Give them a prize, no matter how many they have.
Little Lost Sheep Crafts for Toddler / Preschool Sunday School Lesson
Sample picture of fuzzy cotton lamb craft page
Lamb craft page Fuzzy Cotton Lamb Craft: Prep: Prep: Print craft page and make a copy for each child. (You may want to pull apart pieces of cotton beforehand, since, in my experience, kids have a tendency to glue on the whole ball of cotton). Craft: Have children color lamb face, hands and feet. Pull apart pieces of cotton and glue to lamb. (To glue, apply glue to lamb first, then place cotton on glued area.)
cotton balls
Crayons/ markers
Gluesticks
 

Sample of color and fold craft  page of sheep and shepherd

Shepherd Finds His Little Lost Sheep - Color 'N Fold Craft - Prep: Print craft page and make a copy for each child. Craft: Have children color page with crayons or markers, or paint. Help children fold paper: Take hold of right and left edges of paper, bring together towards center, to make outermost dotted lines meet in center (bringing lamb to shepherd); and fold in that position.
Crayons, markers or paint
 
Lift the flap interactive story picture. Little lost sheep toy craft for toddlers and preschool children Little Lost Lamb craft page Lift-the-Flap Little Lost Lamb Craft: Prep: Prep: Print craft page and make a copy for each child. Craft: Have children color craft page and lamb. Teacher cuts around top part of bush and part of rock and log. Help children glue craft page onto blank sheet of paper, but being careful not to glue under the pictures that will lift up. Glue the lamb on the bottom blank sheet of paper beneath where the bush lifts up.
Lamb pictures
Extra plain paper
Scissors
Crayons/markers
Glue sticks
 

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Links to other Sheep and Shepherd lessons, crafts and coloring pages on Sunday School Fun Zone, Bible Kids Fun Zone and My Bible Crafts:
Free Sheep and Shepherd lesson sample based on Psalm 23 from the Psalm 23 Series of lessons for prescholers
Our Sunday School Fun Zone and Bible Kids Fun Zone lessons are available for about half-price for families and homeschools (less than six families). Contact us for how to order. To see what crafts are in the Psalm 23 series and view the lesson, go to the Psalm 23 page: Sunday school lessons about the Great Shepherd Caring for His Sheep: Based on Psalm 23:
My Bible Crafts has lots of lamb crafts in two of its Easter theme downloads
Free Devotion about the Good Shepherd on Bible Kids Fun Zone
 
Links to other free Lost Lamb lessons for children: Links to other Sheep and Shepherd resources for children:
Msss Crafts - Links to free online Christian resources for the parable of the Lost Sheep Free Devotion on Bible Kids Fun Zone - Huggy Lamb's Shepherd
Calvary Kids web page to Lost Sheep resources - crafts, bible story, devotion, puzzles, group activities Kids Sunday School Place Lesson for Preschoolers - Jesus is our Good Shepherd
Making Friends Shepherd with his lamb coloring page Mission Arlington - Lesson for children about the Good Shepherd
Calvary Kids lost sheep coloring page Calvary Kids children's lesson - The Good Shepherd
SundaySchoolCrafts.net has Free craft ideas for the Parable of the Lost Sheep Sermons 4 Kids - The Good Shepherd lesson for kids
Mission Arlington Lost Sheep Sunday school lesson Ministry to Children preschool lesson -Sheep Loved by a Shepherd

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