Sheepscape Pictures and Kites on a windy day

Posted on May 19th, 2017

We had just had our sheep sheared and the children had enjoyed watching this during our morning feed run.  The trailer load of fleeces was due to be collected so I pulled a bag full onto one side to get creative with the children at the end of the week.  They were all curious about the feel and texture of the wool and so I thought there had to be a good way to incorporate it into a sheep themed activity hour.

Sheepscape and sheep kite crafts

A Sheepscape 3D picture to hang on the wall

With an age range of 1 – 4 I wanted to keep my activities simple enough for the children to manage, but interesting enough for them to want to have a go. After searching online I adapted a hand painting idea and came up with a 3D sheep craft picture for the children to make and keep.  

It was a gorgeous day but very windy so we set up in the reception garden where we were sheltered on 3 sides. It was still a job to hold things down. Painted hands made the basic shape on a piece of card with a blob of sheered fleece sticking to the wet paint to bulk out the body.

 

 

The children then went off in search of daises and grass for the floor of their sheepscape which we stuck on with double sided tape.

 

Collecting grass to make sheepscape pictures

 

We added a little floristry ribbon and a bend in the card and our 3D sheepscape pictures were ready for hanging.

 

Finishing sheepscape pictures with floristry ribbon

Sheep Inspired Kites

The wind may have been causing us a few problems making our pictures but it was going to be just what we needed to fly sheep face kites. With some bamboo, black and white bin liners and some printed sheep faces we cobbled together some makeshift kites for the children to run with.

Sheep face Kite making

 

A run around was just what they needed after concentrating on their sheepscapes and the wind did indeed come into its own lifting them up over their heads in gusts.

 

Flying homemade sheep inspired kites

 

I lost most to one of our nearby play areas at this point; however the eldest came with me to the farm to feed Friday his afternoon bottle, a fitting end to any sheep themed activity hour!

 

bottle feeding lamb and ride on play

Sheepscapes and Kite making on video

 

Country Kids