Mary Had A Little Lamb Nursery Rhyme
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Activity > Mary Had A Little Lamb Nursery Rhyme Activities

Print, or read directly from the screen, and sing from the nursery rhyme poster. Here is an external link to background music and lyrics. 

Coloring page version also available and a nice take home activity for child care or preschool.   Make sure child understands the meaning of all the words.   Point to the rhyming words.  Identify colors in the picture.

Tell the children they are going to make a special craft about Mary and her lamb.  Choose one of the crafts of your choice below.  The Handprint Lamb is very easy for young children 18+ plus to 3 years old.  The stand-up display is more challenging for children 4+ and older.

Note:  Children under 2 will benefit greatly from singing, using puppets, stuffed animals, and/or finger plays with nursery rhymes.

Activity > Craft - Mary Had A Little Lamb Stand-up Display  (Ages 3+)

Printing and assembly options:
The craft is available in color or black line format to color and decorate.   Print on sturdy paper (card stock) and if using the black & white version you may be able to print template 1 directly on blue paper for an instant blue sky background.

Assembling the craft:
1.  School assembly:  The school can be assembled with 6 (six) craft sticks (lollipop sticks) or cut strips of paper instead.  Have the children glue the sticks in vertical position on a piece of paper (refer to illustration).  Children can now paint or use markers with red, or other color of their choice to paint the sticks.  While these are drying proceed with the next steps.  After the craft stick house is dry, cut out excess paper around.

2.  Have children color the images in template 2 if applicable.   Discuss colors.

2.  Cut out all pieces in template #2.  Have children glue the craft stick school section first and then they can proceed with the rest of the background elements:  roof, door, school sign and cloud.

3.  While children are doing step #2 adults can help assemble the stand-up figures -  cut around the solid lines and fold on dotted lines to form a triangular tent.  Use a piece of tape or glue small flaps just where they meet to stand up.

4.  Fold template 1 (stand-up display) along the dotted area to form an L shape.  Glue a toilet paper tube or similar object to the back for support.  

5.  Children can now place the stand-up figure in front or glue to the base.

6.  Children now can sing the rhyme again and use the display and figure to role play.  

Activity >  Lamb crafts
Visit the lamb crafts or try this easy handprint lamb craft.

This is a super easy craft that the youngest child can help with and makes a beautiful keepsake.  

1.  Trace hand and cut-out, or make a hand paint print.  Trace on black, pink or any color of your choice.
2.  Depending on the size of hand use the template.  If it is a  small toddler hand (template will be too big) -  have them glue cotton balls directly on the palm area and draw eyes and mouth on the thumb area.
3.  For older toddlers, print the template and have the children fill the body template with cotton balls and color the face template.
4.  Children can now glue the body to the palm area and then the head on the thumb area.
5.  Optional:  Tape a ribbon or string to the back for a nice ornament -- and/or  write a message in the back (age and dated).

Activity > Alphabet Letter L is for Lamb:
Review and present the alphabet materials that you would like to use for addressing letter L.

Discuss some simple facts about a lamb -- is a baby sheep.  A female lamb is called an ewe.  Discuss some products derived from the lamb:  wool for example.  Where does a lamb live?  A farm. What sound does the lamb make?  BAA, BAA.

Activity >  Coloring page activities
*Mary Had A Little Lamb - No text 
*Various lamb and sheep coloring pages
Color and decorate with cotton balls - cut out and make a hand puppet with a craft stick

Activity #5:  Online Puzzle:  Back to School and Mary had a Little Lamb Theme

Skills:  Problem Solving
Six piece online puzzle, click on the shape button to increase number of pieces.

Mary Had a Little Lamb Nursery Rhyme:

color poster w/text
coloring page *w/text
*no text

Related nursery rhyme: Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

Mary Had A Little Lamb Stand-up Display Craft
Mary Had A Little Lamb Craft

Illustration only
templates below

Color version
Template 1
Template  2

Black & White
Template 1

Template 2


Handprint Lamb or Sheep Craft
Handprint Lamb or Sheep Craft

illustration only


More lamb crafts

Alphabet Materials Letter L

Lamb coloring pages

Other materials:
* white paper or card stock
* scissors
* glue
*something color and/or paint with
*6 craft sticks for each child (lollypop sticks)
*toilet paper tube

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