Kylé and I are starting to get ready for Messy Church in a week and a half and I thought we'd let you into one of our crafts- candy cane shepherds!
As there's a bit of a health and safety veto on using toilet roll tubes, we made our own coloured tubes with A5 sheets of coloured card.
We then stuck on a face, threaded a pipe cleaner through the tube (it's easy to just push it through!) and put a piece of fabric and string on top for a head dress.
The pipe cleaner's bendiness makes it easy for the shepherd to hold his candy cane crook. With older children, the candy cane might even lead to discussion of the symbolism of the white (purity) and red (Jesus' blood) and his role as the good shepherd in our lives.