Sheep are fluffy, cute and lovable, and are the stars of many favourite children's stories. There are several fun sheep craft ideas that you can make with kids. Although some are better for older children, others are perfect for even the youngest preschoolers.
Little kids love making handprints. You can build on this fascination by helping them create their own handprint sheep. Just let them dip their hands in paint and make several handprints on a large piece of paper or cardstock. If possible, encourage them to move their thumbs slightly back and forth, as the thumbmark will be the sheep's head. The handprints should dry entirely before you decorate them to look like sheep.
After the handprints dry, show your child how to glue on cotton balls so that they cover the entire palm, leaving only the fingers and thumb bare. The fingers will be the sheep's legs. They can then use a marker or small bits of craft foam to make their sheep faces. If they create several sheep using this process, they can cover the rest of the picture with shredded green paper or confetti so that the sheep will have some grass to eat.
Because many socks are white, it is easy to make a sheep puppet out of an old sock. You will need to wash an old plastic lid from a cottage cheese or cream cheese container. Fold it in half and slide it into the sock so that it forms a mouth. When you're sure that the lid is positioned correctly, apply craft glue to make sure that it stays in place. Kids can then use felt, construction paper, craft foam or other art supplies to create the sheep's face. Encourage them to make a tongue to fit in the fold of the plastic lid, and offer them some white yarn to glue onto the top of its head, if desired.
Pom Pom Sheep
Kids can use pom poms to make a more authentic-looking sheep. They'll need one large white pom for the body, a smaller one for the head, and a tiny black or pink one for the nose. After they glue the pom poms together correctly, they can add pipe cleaners for the legs. (Suggest that they bend a piece of pipe cleaner in half to make the front legs, and do the same for the back legs.) After all the glue has dried, encourage them to use their own creativity to come up with ideas for how to create facial features, a tail and any other additional details they would like. You may want to suggest that they use bits of felt, yarn, string or more pom poms to create some of these details.
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