Use shepherd and sheep crafts to teach religious lessons to preschoolers, celebrate Easter or decorate a farm-themed birthday party. Basic arts-and-crafts materials are all you need to work on the projects. You can also recycle household items into crafty pieces as an eco-friendly touch. Young children can display their handiwork in their classrooms or give the crafts as gifts.
Create a sheep craft that is simple to make and soft to the touch. Out of black craft foam, cut a side-profile standing sheep shape, about 2 inches wide by 2 inches high. You can use a stencil to create a precise design or cut it out freehand. Cut three yards of soft, fluffy white or cream yarn. Starting 1 inch up from the bottom of one leg, begin wrapping the yarn around the foam shape. Wrap the yarn around the entire shape, leaving the head portion and the bottom inch of each leg uncovered. Tuck the end of the yarn under the wound yarn to secure it into place. Glue a small plastic googly eye onto the sheep's head to finish the project.
Paper Cup Shepherd
Help preschoolers make a shepherd craft they can use to decorate a nativity scene. Cut the bottom off of a 2-inch styrofoam craft ball to create a flat surface. Paint the ball pink and allow it to thoroughly dry. Cover a small paper cup with brown paint and glue the ball, flat-side down, onto the bottom of the cup when the paint is dry. Cut arm and hand shapes out of white and pink craft foam and glue them to either side of the cup. Attach two small plastic googly eyes to the ball and draw the shepherd's mouth and nose using a black marker. Glue a small piece of white fabric to the top of the ball as a headscarf and tie a piece of tan ribbon around it. Complete the craft by tying a matching piece of ribbon around the centre of the cup as a belt.
Paper Plate Sheep
Kids can design an easy-to-make sheep craft using a plain white paper plate. Turn the paper plate upside down and draw a sheep face in the centre using a black marker. Cut two sheep ears out of black construction paper and glue them to the top of the plate. Attach cotton balls around the perimeter of the plate, surrounding the face design, using craft glue.
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