This month I’m focusing on mothers and farm animals. Strange combination, yes, but I have lots of opportunities to be around animals with The Younger in the next few weeks, so I wanted to create some leaning activities centered around the animals we are going to see. I also want a chance to talk about mommies and do a craft or two that we can give to the grandmothers on Mother’s Day this year.
Yesterday we made sheep! It was a lot of fun, and The Younger’s creativity really shone as we went through the steps. Supplies are easy to come by: cardboard or construction paper, cotton balls, glue, black marker. Optional supplies are googly eyes and ribbon.
First we traced her hand. (I love projects that trace body parts, because I enjoy having things that I can compare the kids growth to. I date all of these sorts of projects and store them so we can hang them on the Christmas tree later this year).
Then I let her cut out the hand. Unfortunately I don’t have left-handed safety scissors yet, so I had to help her a lot. She liked the feeling of accomplishment of cutting out her own hand, even if she got annoyed that I had to guide her.
Then she got to glue, which is probably her “most favorite” thing to do. She’s getting really good at controlling how much glue she uses, and her ability to estimate how much is needed is getting much better too
She added the cotton balls, and then…
Her sheep! We added a little bow onto this one…
This was a really fun, quick, and easy craft to do. We even traced my hand so we’d have a ‘baby’ and a ‘mom.’ From this activity we talked about farm animals, what baby sheep are actually called, what they eat, what we do with them (I tried to glaze over the whole ‘eating lamb’ thing), and she asked a ton of questions that we looked up the answers to. We’re going to make a cutout barn and do other farm animals, then put them onto a felt board for a farm scene. She’s so excited!