A shepherd's crook is the staff a shepherd uses to guide sheep along to direct the movement of the herd. It is shaped like a straight rod with a curved top: an upside-down letter "U" with one leg much longer than the other. The shepherd's crook has become a symbol associated with Christianity because of the segment of Psalm 23: "The Lord is my shepherd." Making shepherd's crook bookmarkers is an instructive craft for young children in Sunday school.
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Things you need
- Brown construction paper
Draw a simple outline of a shepherd's crook on a piece of cardstock in pencil the size you want the final bookmarkers to be. Make the bookmarker wide enough to accommodate a written verse or lettering on it. This will serve as the template for the bookmarkers. Cut out the template.
Trace the template onto a piece of brown construction paper, using a pencil. Cut out around the pencil lines.
Write a prayer or psalm on the bookmark using black marker. Turn the shepherd's crook on its side so the long leg of the crook is horizontal to write on. Younger children may simply write "The Lord is my shepherd." For younger children not yet confident with spelling, write down the phrase for them to copy.
Tips and warnings
- If you have access to a laminating machine, laminate the finished book markers to make them more sturdy. For a large group of children, make several templates to share.
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