If you’re going off of a Barnyard Friends or Down on the Farm theme or even just wanting to fill the afternoon with some arts and crafts, with your little one or some little friends over for the afternoon, there are plenty of options you can choose from. A handprint sheep craft makes for a quick and easy craft that will fit right in. Now gather your herd and get down to business.
Wooly Handprint Sheep
This is a cute idea for anyone who loves little lamb crafts. Trace your preschooler’s hand on black construction paper and cut the shape out. Let her squeeze some glue on the body area of the sheep. Give her a handful of cotton balls and let her place them where she sees fit. Draw eyes on your new friend and let the glue dry completely before picking it up, otherwise your sheep may leak on the floor.
For this craft, pour some white paint onto a paper plate and set out a darker piece of construction paper. Black, blue or purple works nicely. Let your preschooler dip her hand into the paint and bring it down on the paper to leave a handprint for the sheep. Keep the fingers spread out if you can. Once the paint is dry, use a marker to give the sheep eyes, preferably on the thumb area but it can be anywhere the preschooler thinks it should go. Those eyes may even wander over to the tummy area -- silly sheep!
Herd of Sheep
If you want lots of sheep for your craft, pour some drops of paint on a paper plate. For this one, you can offer a variety of colors to make it a herd of rainbow sheep. Use different fingers and the thumb individually to press into the paint and then make fingerprint sheep all over the paper. Once the paint dries, draw legs and faces on the sheep with a fine tip marker.
Reading a book or two to go with your sheep craft will get your preschooler excited about this wooly barnyard buddy. “Sheep in a Jeep” by Nancy Shaw, “Farmer Brown Sheers His Sheep: A Yarn About Wool” by Teri Sloat and “Boo and Baa in the Woods” by Olof Landström all work well for this.
- Nancy Shaw: Books
- Farmer Brown Sheers His Sheep: A Yarn About Wool; Teri Sloat
- Boo and Baa in the Woods; Olof Landström
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