L > L is for Lamb or
Consonant Sh digraph > Sheep
Farm > Lamb
Bible > Alphabet
> Lamb &
Colors > white, or
Crafts > Hearts Lamb or Sheep
*Baa, Baa, Black
*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
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
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
Option 3: For large groups or to recycle left over
*Print directly on color paper or a fun color for a holiday such as
*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
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
Activities: Learning Activities to conduct before craft
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.
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
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
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:
had a little Lamb activities
Baa Black Sheep
Activity > Fables and Fairy Tales:
* The Shepherd Boy
and the Wolf
Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Bible theme activities
Stories and scripture for home, Sunday School and VFB activities for shepherd/sheep
*Glue or glue stick
*any paper, card stock, construction paper
*materials to color with
*Optional materials listed in instructions