This year for Lent, just like last year, we’re exploring the story of the Good Shepherd to prepare the children for the ideas embodied in Easter. Our activities are coming from Celebrating the Church Year with Young Children, a book I’ve found very helpful even though it’s written from a Catholic perspective and I’m not Catholic (or even in a liturgical church). Last year, I photocopied a sheet with a shepherd and sheep to cut out and made one set for each of the girls, along with a shoebox sheepfold for each. This year the oldest boy needed a set, and I forgot to photocopy the page. Plus, I didn’t think a paper set would survive his play for long. We just happened to be making clothespin dolls anyway, so I made him a clothespin shepherd with cotton ball sheep (they really are just cotton balls!) and a tissue box sheepfold. This was a perfect solution!
UPDATE: The sheep in the picture is not a cotton ball, of course. The ones in his set are. In the photo he was using his shepherd with his farm toys.