Right now the sheep and lambs in the fields are shedding their winter coats, if they haven’t already been sheared. If you go on a country walk you can often pick bits of fleece out of the fences where they have been rubbing up against them. In our case we had a mountain of fleece available to us after shearing our sheep back in May. While most of the fleece went to a local crafter we held back a few handfuls for crafts during our weekly activity hour. Sheepscapes are one of my favourites. A 3D sheepscape picture is so simple and ideal for preschool children to make. The finished result is very effective and just like our Jacobs sheep here on the farm.
What you’ll need
Grass and wild flowers
Floristry ribbon or string
Double sided sticky tape
Method to make a sheepscape picture
Go for a walk and collect some sheep’s wool, there’s usually some on the fences around the edge of fields.
Open a cereal box up and cut to leave one side and one long edge.
Trim the excess edges from around the box.
Paint a hand black and make a print so that the fingers form the feet and the thumb is spaced out for the neck and face. Add an extra fingerprint on the thumb for where the eye is going to go.
Stick a blob of fleece to the wet paint for the body.
Stick a googly to the wet paint for the face.
Place a line of double sided sticky tape over the fold in the box.
Stick grass and wild flowers to this and bend up.
Add ribbon to create a 3D Sheepscape hanging picture.
Hang up on display for all to see.
A few alternatives you could try
Try with a group of children on a play date or as a party craft
Paint your hand in multicolour for the body and add a few dabs of paint to the fleece then sing ‘Bah bah rainbow sheep’
Paint a few sheep on a large wall canvas and create a meadow with big hands for the mothers and tiny hands for the lambs
Cut your sheep out to put on sticks and create your own sheep story in a mini theatre by painting a cardboard box as the theatre.
If you can’t find any sheep wool you could always use cotton wool.
A quick minute long video on how to make a 3D sheepscape picture
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