THE GOOD SHEPHERD ART EXTRA Age 2-3 Shepherd Staffs Kids ﬁnger-paint a shepherd’s staff by sliding their ﬁngers over a staff-shaped chenille craft stem. The shape of a shepherd’s staff will remind kids that Jesus is the good shepherd. Spark Resources: None Supplies: Washable non-toxic ﬁnger paints or tempera paints, various colors Chenille craft stems Poster paper Plastic containers or lids Paint smocks (use a big shirt/t-shirt) Tape, optional Set-up: Set out paper and paints in plastic containers (or dabs of paint on lids as a palette). Bend craft stems into staff shape. Instructions: Hold up a staff shaped craft stem and ask kids, Do you know what shape this is? (J, hook, walking cane, curve, shepherd’s staff) Show a picture of the good shepherd from the Spark Story Bible. Jesus is like the good shepherd who looks after his sheep. He carries a shepherd’s staff to help keep them together and safe. I am going to help you paint a staff shape by sliding your ﬁnger or a brush along a staff like this one. We will paint staffs for Jesus. Jesus is the good shepherd. 1. Dress each kid in a paint smock. Tempera paint will wash out, but cover clothing as you are able. 2. Pass out a piece of poster paper and staff-shaped craft stem to each kid. 3. Show the kids how to hold the chenille craft stem staff to their paper with one hand while they paint with their other hand. 4. Let the kids dip their ﬁngers into the ﬁnger paint. Have them slide their ﬁngers over the top of the staff. Remove the craft them to see the staff silhouette they made. 5. Move the craft stem to a new spot on the poster paper and paint again with the same or different color. 6. Make as many staffs as time allows. 7. Wash kids’ ﬁngers and put pictures in a safe place to dry. 8. Throw away chenille craft stem staffs when ﬁnished. Gather in a circle together with the picture of Jesus again. You did a great job painting today! What did you make? (a staff) Who did you make a staff for? (Jesus) Why do we see Jesus with a staff and sheep? (Jesus is the good shepherd). Direct the kids follow your ﬁnger as you sky paint the shape of a staff in the air and coach everyone to repeat together, Jesus is the good shepherd. If you have less time… Make staff shapes with crayons. Paint smocks will not be necessary. If you have more time… Let the kids paint longer. Having more staffs on the page makes an even more exciting design.
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