“Clyde the Farmhand” Children’s Story Activity

This children’s story combines simple drawing with storytelling. The narration for “Clyde the Farmhand” follows. The idea is to have someone draw the items from the story as the narration is being read. It MUST be drawn step-by-step. At the end, well, you’ll see. (Suggestions for improvement are welcome in the Comments section. I am also working on a follow-the-dots version.)

Follow these steps as the story is told:

Clyde the Farmhand

By Randy Fishell

Materials needed: large drawing pad, black marker, easel.

Instructions: Read the story (or have someone else read it) and draw the items according to the directions.

Story and drawing directions (illustrations follow below):

Say: I’m going to draw some little pictures to help with today’s story. It may get a little messy, but let’s give it a try. [NOTE: This sentence is important because it involves the principle of “misdirection.” Simply put, it is designed to get the kids off-track in the matter of seeing the bigger picture too soon.]

Clyde Jibberwacky was a farmhand. He worked on the Sunny Meadow farm, where he helped to take care of the chickens, cows, and sheep.

Now, farmhands need lots of energy, and whenever Clyde knew he had a long day ahead of him, he ate something special for breakfast.
This is Clyde’s plate (#1: draw plate).

Today was going to be a really hard day, and on really hard days, Clyde always ate a hard-boiled egg (#2: draw large egg). Clyde would be taking care of the sheep today, so after breakfast he tossed some items into his lunch pail, which had the initials “C” and “J” on it (#3 and 4: draw initials loosely) which, of course, stood for Clyde Jibberwacky.

Next, Clyde headed to the tool shed, where he got his shepherd’s rod (#5: draw shepherd’s rod). Today he would be leading the sheep into the hills (#6: draw hills) to a brand new pasture.

Soon Clyde and the sheep were on the long and winding trail (#7: draw main trail). Sometimes a sheep would dash off on a side trail to the left (#8: draw left side trail). At other times, a sheep would run off on a side trail to the right (#9: draw right side trail). Each time, Clyde had to go fetch the stray sheep.

By now, the sun was hot (#10: draw sun), and Clyde thought how good even a couple drops of rain would feel! (#11: draw both raindrops)

Evening finally came along, and Clyde sat down wearily to eat his small meal. It was nothing more than two pieces of Swiss cheese (#12: draw Swiss cheese slices), but it would have to do.

As Clyde sat there in the twilight, he felt lonely. But he knew how to fix that: he would talk to Jesus. As he did so, he realized that he wasn’t really alone; it just felt that way. Knowing Jesus was watching over him, his heart was filled with joy. And whenever you feel lonely, you can ask Jesus to help you feel better too.

Later that week, Clyde changed into his special clothes and, as usual, he headed off to church. When he got there, (#12: turn drawing upside down on easel) he took a moment to thank God for the very thing that had filled his heart out there in those lonely hills. Can you find it in the picture of Clyde praying?

(Give kids opportunity to find the word “JOY” and then double-mark the letters with the marker. See illustration.)

Let’s pray like Jethro did, shall we?

Final drawing:

Final answer:

“Clyde the Farmhand” and illustrations copyright © 2017 by Randy Fishell.

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