In "Wisdom from the Hebrew Scriptures," a Tapestry of Faith program
Invite children to create sheep to reenact the story. An adult or youth in the group might ask the children to retell the story. Invite a volunteer to begin, and then invite others to add to the retelling.
Explain that you are going to make sheep so that you can act out Nathan's story. Invite each participant to paint both sides of two clip clothespins black to form the legs. Lay the clothespins on their sides on newspaper to dry. Trace the cardboard template onto black or white foam and cut out the sheep. (Note: Very young children will need help with this step.) If desired, affix googly eyes and/or cotton balls to the sheep with craft glue. When the clothespins are dry, clip them to the craft foam sheep to form legs.
Once you have made the sheep, invite the group to act out the story, letting children take turns being the poor person and the rich person. Invite participants to share their sheep with the person playing the role of the rich person, assuring them that they will be able to take their own sheep home afterward. Ask: Why is it wrong for the rich person to take the poor person's sheep?
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