This topic is for posting your Cooking Workshop Lessons and Ideas for Psalm 23.
Baking Sheep Shortbread
from an idea posted by Shannon Vance O'Campo and Neil MacQueen.
You'll be rolling out shortbread dough (or sugar cookie dough if you prefer) so have plenty of space, rolling pins and clean up time prepared!
Because of the recipe, you'll likely need to have the cookie dough already prepared before you come to class. However, ROLLING OUT THE DOUGH is HALF THE FUN.
After you've rolled it into sheets, have the kids cut into the dough with a knife to make the shape of SHEEP. Work with them so that the pieces are not too skinny.
Show them how to LIFT OFF the wastage dough, leaving the sheep dough shape still on the baking sheet.
While the cookies are baking....
See how much of the Psalm they remember. Read through Psalm 23 pausing at certain spots to have the kids say what comes next. Toss out pieces of dough you've saved as rewards. Everybody loves cookie dough!
Talk about how fragile sheep are. They easily stumble, easily are led astray, get fearful, and don't like the dark. Talk to the kids about how WE ARE LIKE SHEEP, and thus, why the Bible often describes God/Christ as the Good Shepherd.
How do sheep know to follow and trust the Shepherd?
Time to take the cookies out!
Take a small ziploc bag and using a permanent marker and large white label, have the students write the words, "The Lord is your Shepherd, you shall not want."
Now put a cookie in it, seal it up, and pray over it. Challenge the kids to give away that cookie "within one minute of leaving class to someone you DO NOT KNOW."
Pray that we would all listen to and follow the Good Shepherd,
For the recipe, GOOGLE SHORTBREAD COOKIES
(we had a link, but recipe links tend to go dead fast)
A Psalm 23 "Eating" Workshop Idea
"A Psalm 23 Seder"
Originally posted by Neil MacQueen in the Lesson Help Forum in response to a member asking for something "different" in their Cooking Workshop Psalm lesson.
Key Verse and Driving Concept:
Creating Sheep and Shepherd Out of Food Items....
These posts were brought here from the old website:
Member Lissa wrote:
Food Workshop where the children made edible sheep from twinkies, "snowballs", Ho-Ho's and Ding-Dongs (Whatever the Hostess Outlet store had at cheap prices!). We had pretzel sticks to use as legs, raisins for eyes, and gooey white frosting & coconut to use for wool.
We took photos of their sheep to see if they could recognize their sheep later. (Any "good" shepherd knows his own sheep!)They sat down and ate their creations while they learned what sheep were like (comparing them to their own experience with pets).
Member Luanne wrote:
I saw an idea in a book about “How to Make a Gumdrop Lamb and Shepherd”.
Use marshmallows (Large & Small), pretzel sticks, and gumdrops.
Use the pretzel sticks for legs, arms, and necks.
Use the marshmallows for the sheep.
Use the gumdrops for the shepherd.
Or a combination of both, let the kids be creative.