Bible Sheep activity

Sheep Cupcakes

There are countless stories about sheep in the bible. Jesus is referred to as the good shepherd and we are the sheep. When we think of him as our shepherd and all the character qualities that entails, I begin to think about all the qualities that sheep exhibit. Qualities like following, easily lead astray, and generally not wise. This just goes to show that there is a lot we can learn about what not to do from watching sheep and what to do by looking at the qualities from a good shepherd.

I know for me as a kid who grew up in a christian family I took a lot of things for granted about the bible as I was growing up. When you hear these stories over and over again they begin to loose a little bit of their meaning. This is why I think it is important to come up with an activity to get kids really thinking about specific bible characters or lessons.

Kids and adults like love food and all the children that I know really love to get into the kitchen and be included in food preparation especially if it is a sweet treat. A fun way to get kids talking about sheep and all the qualities that they exhibit is to make sheep cupcakes! And what kid doesn’t love cupcakes?! This will give you a bit of time to have your kids focus and attention on one topic and really be able to delve into what your kids think about it.

Here is a recipe for sheep cupcakes from Oprah.com

Servings: Serves 12
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter , room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 large egg whites
  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter , room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
Cupcake:
Heat oven to 350°.  Line cupcake pan with liners; set aside.In medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. In bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, scrape down bowl, and beat in vanilla.Add flour mixture and milk alternatively, beginning and ending with the flour. Divide batter evenly among liners, about three-quarters full each. Bake until golden and tops spring back to touch, about 20 minutes, rotating pan once if needed. Transfer to wire rack; cool completely.

Buttercream Frosting
Combine sugar and egg whites in mixer bowl. Place over a pot of simmering water; whisk until hot and sugar is completely dissolved, 3 minutes. Transfer bowl to mixer stand. Using the whisk attachment, beat mixture on high until cooled, about 15 minutes.

Using paddle attachment, add butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, until completely incorporated. Stir in vanilla. If not using immediately, refrigerate in airtight container up to a week, or freeze up to a month. Bring to room temperature, and re-beat or stir vigorously before using.

(To make chocolate frosting, substitute 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled for the vanilla extract.)

Makes 5 cups of frosting.

Hope you get some sweet treats and conversations out of this idea!

If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website.  It is great for parents and kids because it provides the Big Story of God’s miraculous plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.

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