September 27, 2010

A Little Lesson on Lambs

One day last week, our preschooler completed a lesson on sheep. 
It was part of his farm unit study. 
I read him two books about sheep. 
The first was a nonfiction book entitled See How They Grow: Lamb.
 The second was a short story about a sheep dog named Floss

We followed up our story time with a neat art project. 
This is our son's completed sheep scene.

For those of you interested, here is how the project can be done.

blue paper for background
black nontoxic paint for hand prints
two paper plates (one for paint and one for glue)
cotton balls
yellow paint marker (or regular marker)
green paint marker (or regular marker)

1.  Use black paint to coat child's hand.
(Either pour a small amount of black paint onto a small paper plate and allow child to dip their hand into the paint or use a foam brush to apply a small amount of black paint to the palm side of their hand.)

2. Have your child press his hands flat with fingers separated onto the blue paper.

3. Wash your hands.

4. Allow black hand prints to dry.

5. Pour regular glue onto a paper plate.

6. Have your child dip cotton balls into the glue and place on the palm portion of the print forming the body of the sheep.

The thumb prints will look like heads
 and the four finger prints will look like legs.

7. Next, use the green paint marker to add grass or a hill for the sheep to stand on.

8. An option: Our son added a sun to shine on his sheep scene.

This post has been linked to Show and Tell at ABC and 123: A Learning Cooperative, stART at A Mommy's Adventure, and Preschool Corner at Homeschool Creations.


  1. I love it! I have that book, I will do that this week. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh how cute - what a great idea. When I looked at the finished picture I would never have guessed it was hand prints - I have to save this idea.

  3. These are super cute! We've done cotton ball sheep before, but I love the handprint touch!

  4. I love handprint activities...they're extra special. Thanks for shearing (I couldn't resist a pun) this great idea!

  5. Very sweet little project and I like how the sheep aren't just any old sheep but made out of your child's handprints. Thank you for joining us at Show & Tell on ABC & 123: A Learning Cooperative!

  6. Those little sheep are so cute!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  7. Very sweet! My kids would like this one. :)

  8. These are adorable. Now I want to have Selena make some sheep!

  9. I've seen a lot of handprint art but I've never seen this sheep idea. My favorite book about sheep is Charlie Needs A Cloak.

  10. Handprint sheep are a great idea!

  11. Handprint SHEEP! BRILLIANT! Hadn't thought of that. ADORE THEM! Well done you.

    Kids Get Crafty
    Red Ted Art

  12. That is so cute! What an awesome idea! I am with RedTedArt, I hadn't thought of that one either! :)

  13. The lambs turned out great!

  14. I love those paint markers! Definitely a carpet saver. Have a great weekend!

  15. What a cute idea! My son loves doing crafts, we do it with his letter of the week, but never thought about doing them with books. Thanks for sharing.

  16. I totally didn't get that they were hands until you explained it. Thanks for walking me through the process.

  17. What a fun week! I will have to look for Floss at the library we have a border collie and my son is obsessed with dogs and farm animals :-)


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