To help the children play a game to find the lost sheep in the room
The children will explore how it feels to find something that was hidden or lost.
- Construction-paper cutouts of sheep
- Make construction-paper sheep for half of the children in your group. Number each sheep, beginning with 1.
- Ask the children if any of them have ever played hide-and-seek.
- Explain that they are going to play a similar game. Half of the group is going to sit on the carpet and close their eyes while the other half hides the sheep cutouts somewhere in the room.
- After the children have hidden the sheep, ask them to sit on the floor while the other half search for sheep. When all the sheep have been found, reverse the roles so that the group that was searching for the sheep now gets to hide them.
- Conclude with questions about how the children felt about finding a sheep and how they think God feels when we find him again by turning away from sin.
If you have time, you might need to play the game a few times in order to make sure that each child has had the opportunity to find a lost sheep.
If there are children in your group with special needs (physical, visual, hearing, language, or behavioral disabilities), adapt the activity accordingly.