Create a context for the shepherds by talking about their unimportance using the Useless Box
Have you ever heard of a useless box? This is a modern gadget that you can buy here or here on the internet and that is seemingly totally useless. But you can use it to talk about the unimportance, unworthiness and total uselessness of the role of the shepherds within the society that Jesus was born into.
Create a context for the shepherds by talking about their dreams using the Headless Cartoon Silks
You can use the four Headless Cartoon silks to demonstrate the dreams of the Shepherds. The four Headless Cartoon silks are not a magic trick, although we use them within Gospel Magic.
You can make them appear from a large dove pan using flash paper. (You can watch a demonstration video of the Headless Cartoon Silks combined with the dove pan and the flash paper here.)
Watch the video:
In the video below I will show you how you can use the Useless Box and the Headless Cartoon Silks to create a context for the story of the shepherds.
You can use this trick too during your Christmas service, school assembly or in your Sunday school lesson.
Don't forget – any children’s worker can use these object lessons. It only needs a little bit of practice. So give it a try!