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Alphabet > Letter L > L is for Lamb or
Consonant Sh digraph > Sheep or Shepherd

Animals >
Farm > Lamb & Sheep

Bible > Alphabet > LambShepherd

Colors
>  white, or black/gray

Crafts
> Hearts Lamb or Sheep

Nursery Rhymes >
*Baa, Baa, Black Sheep 
*Mary had a little lamb

Numbers > Math > Early Fractions, Counting, Sizing, Sorting

Shapes > Hearts 

Holidays and Events > Lamb and sheep events 


Age group: Older toddlers to early elementary 

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 craft color template of your choice help to cut out (children under 4), 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 or a fun color for a holiday such as pink for St. Valentine's.

*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:  Science & Social Studies: Learning about Sheep and Lamb 
Discuss some simple facts about sheep:
1.  A lamb is a baby sheep.  
2. A female sheep is called an ewe, and a male is called a ram
2. Sheep are raised primarily for their meat and wool to make clothing.  Sensory experience; Have children touch wool mittens, a sweater or yarn.
3.  Where does a lamb live?  Some live in the wild, but most  are domesticated and live on farms. They move in groups called flocks.
5.  What sound does the lamb make?  Sheep bleat, BAA, BAA (sing a nursery rhyme, see links below)

Activity > Alphabet Activities

1.  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

*
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 coloring template
Baa Baa Black Sheep Craft

*Baa Baa Black Sheep template


Letter L Lamb Activities and Worksheets


Consonant Digraph Printable Activities for:
Sh Sheep
Sh Shepherd

Other Materials:
Lamb and Sheep Coloring Pages

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

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