Lamb Craft | Sheep | Heart Shape Practice
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Alphabet > Letter L | Consonant Sh digraph | Animals > Farm > Lamb & Sheep | Bible > Alphabet > LambShepherd | Colors | Nursery Rhymes > Baa, Baa, Black Sheep  | Mary had a little lamb | Crafts > Shapes | Holidays and Events > Lamb and sheep events 

The sheep and its young, the lamb is a favorite farm animal.  It is also an opportunity to discuss the shepherd who takes care of the sheep.

Young children will have fun making easy and fun crafts of a lamb or sheep almost entirely made with heart shapes (except the eyes), the ears is a heart cut in halves. During craft activity many basic skills can be addressed.  Other printable support materials and links to related activities are provided.   Let's get started.

The crafts are appropriate for various holidays and seasonal activities listed in the themes column.

Activity:  Hearts Lamb or Sheep Craft (Ages 2.5+)
Note: Pre-paste eyes for the youngest children

Tell the children they are going to have fun with activities related to a wonderful and fun animal,  the lamb or sheep!

Review your options for printing the craft version of your choice as well assembly options that best meet your needs.  Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested below:

Printing and assembly options for the craft:

Option 1
:   Print color template of your choice help to cut out, conduct learning activities below and assemble.  Encourage older children to cut out their own templates as much as possible.
Option 2:  Print black and white template.  Children can color, paint or decorate first,  cut out and proceed as above.
Option 3:  For large groups or to recycle left over materials. Print directly on color paper.
Print black & white template on card stock and use as a master template.  Trace the patterns directly on construction paper, left-over paper, or fun foam to obtain pieces needed.

Other decorations and ideas for the craft option:
1.  Replace eyes template with large plastic wiggly eyes.
3.  Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to the back to use as decoration or ornament.
4.  Puppet options:  
Paper bag puppet:
    a. Turn the corners inward on a standard small lunch paper bag, these are also available in white.
   b. Glue assembled craft on the flap.
   c. Add children can glue  strands from wool yarn,  cotton ball or draw swirl designs (like the ones on the craft) to the bag 

Activities:  Learning Activities to conduct before craft assembly:
Choose those activities you feel are appropriate on the ages of children.


Shapes & Colors Activity
:

1.  Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the template if using the color template.  Ask the children to identify the colors they've used to color/decorate the template.

Numbers/Early-Math Activities:
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.

1. Sorting & Sizing:  Have the children sort the hearts by size - smallest to largest.

2. Counting:  Count how many of each size there are and how many in total to assemble the craft. You may want to write numbers on the blank side to acquaint the children with printed numbers.  in this activity you may want to also count the eyes.

3.  Early Fractions:  The ears are made by cutting a heart template in half.  Explain the concept that one is a whole.  When the heart is cut in two equal pieces - each part is a half.

Proceed with craft assembly.  Show the small image provided in the template to help the children see how the finished craft looks and to aid them in positioning the pieces.  After completing the craft the children can hold their finished craft while conducting some of the activities below.

Activity 3 > Alphabet Activities and Learning about Sheep and Lamb > Visit the links for letter L (lamb) or Digraph Sh (sheep and shepherd) activities and printables in the materials column.

Activity > Nursery Rhyme activities:
1. Mary had a little Lamb activities
2. Baa, Baa Black Sheep

Activity > Fables and Fairy Tales:
* The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf

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The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

Bible theme activities
Stories and scripture for home, Sunday School and VFB activities for shepherd/sheep and lamb

Hearts Lamb Crafts
White Lamb


Black & White
Baa Baa Black Sheep Craft

Baa Baa Black Sheep template

Alphabet printable activities

Letter L Lamb


Consonant Digraph:
Sh Sheep
Sh Shepherd

*Glue or glue stick
*any paper, card stock, construction paper
*materials to color with
*scissors
*Optional materials listed in instructions