Whether celebrating the coming of spring, adding art to a unit on farm animals or illustrating one of the many biblical passages involving sheep for Sunday School, a sheep paper plate craft makes a simple art project for children. The paper plate base gives the artist flexibility to choose to make just a face or the whole body, either standing up or lying down.
Fluffy Lamb Face
Preschool teachers know that the simpler the craft the better. Glue wiggly eyes and precut nose, mouth and ears on top of the layer of fluff. Another variation is to cut eye holes in the plate before letting the children cover it with cotton balls, leaving the openings unobstructed. Punch a hole at both sides and tie a length of yarn through each. Tie it over the child's face for a creative play mask.
Cotton Ball Sheep
Cut the bottom edge off the plate to make a flat side. Glue cotton balls over the entire surface of a paper plate. Provide a tracing template for the shape of a sheep's face, ears and legs. Have students trace the shapes on white, black or gray construction paper, varying the colors according to their desired color patterns. Glue the face at top center for a head-on view or to one side for a side view. Glue on wiggly eyes and a few more cotton balls along the top of the face. Glue four legs along the flat edge.
Sheep Lying Down
"The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures." The picturesque sheep imagery in Psalm 23 gives teachers an opening for a craft depicting a sheep lying down. Roll 3-inch long strips of black construction paper into cylinders and tape the join. Flatten one end of the tubes and staple it to a heavy-duty paper plate for legs. Invert a second paper plate and staple the rims together. Fold a smaller, pink paper plate in half with the color on the inside. Staple to the body construct on the inside fold. Cut and color two ears from construction paper or poster board and staple in place just behind the face at both sides. Glue cotton balls all over the body and around the ears. Glue wiggly eyes to the face; or draw in both eyes, nose and mouth.
Edible Sheep Craft
An edible sheep craft provides the motivation of sweet treats at the end. Spread a paper plate with whipped cream or soft frosting. Press marshmallows into the "glue" for the fluffy coat. Pretzel sticks or licorice ropes make the legs; two oval sandwich-style cookies form the ears; and raisins or chocolate chips can serve as eyes, nose and muzzle.
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