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Cotton Ball Sheep ~ Craft & Facts

Cotton Ball Sheep ~ Craft & Facts

Cotton Ball Sheep ~ Craft & Facts from Starts At Eight

 

What You’ll Need:

  • White and black construction paper
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pink mini puffball
  • 2 googly eyes
  • Red yarn/pipe cleaner
  • Sheep body template (simply click on image to make it full size. Then right click and save as)

  • Sheep head/leg template (simply click on image to make it full size. Then right click and save as)

How To Make Your Cotton Ball Sheep Craft:

  1.  Print templates and cut out the pieces. Trace the face and legs onto black construction paper and cut out the pieces. Cut the body of the sheep out of white paper
  2. Cover the sheep’s body with glue
  3. Stick the 4 legs onto the bottom of the body
  4. Cover the rest of the sheep with cotton balls
  5. Glue the sheep’s head onto the body (we slid our just under the cotton balls)
  6. Glue the googly eyes on the head. Glue the red yarn/pipe cleaner on the sheep’s face to make a smiling mouth, and the pink puffball for the nose.

Sheep Facts:

          1. There are about 800 breeds of domestic sheep in the world. Depending on the breed, “ewes” (females) can weigh anywhere between 45 and 100 kilograms. “Rams” (males) can weigh between 70 to 155 kilograms.
          2. Mothers usually carry the lambs in her body for about 5 months before they are born.
          3. On average, sheep usually live for about 7 years. Some can live up to about 13 years.
          4. Some sheep are used to produce milk. As with milk from cows and goats, sheep’s milk can be used to make cheese.
          5. There are over 1 billion sheep in the world.
          6. China has the largest number of sheep in the world.
          7. Adult female sheep are known as ewes.
          8. Adult male sheep are known as rams, unless they are neutered; then they are called wethers.
          9. Wethers make good pets and wool animals.
          10. A group of sheep is known as a herd, flock or mob.
          11. Young sheep are called lambs.
          12. Sheep have a field of vision of around 300 degrees, allowing them to see behind themselves without having to turn their head.
          13. Sheep are herbivores that eat vegetation such as grass.
          14. The digestive system of sheep features four chambers which help break down what they eat.
          15. Sheep like to stay close to others in a herd which makes them easier to move together to new pastures.

Read more: Facts About Baby Sheep Lambs

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12 Comments

  1. Sennie
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 17:13:07

    Great craft! My little one would love to make these.

  2. Katie
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 19:42:09

    Great project, thank you for sharing it! I am a new follower from the Tiggerific Tuesday Blog Hop. I would love for you to hop over and visit Saving and Sharing It. You can also link up to my Time for Sharing Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Katie
    http://www.savingandsharingit.blogspot.com

  3. Diane
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 12:56:55

    I love sheep! Don’t let my father, the cattle rancher, hear me say that! Did you know that they had actual sheep/cattle wars when the prairies (and the west) were being settled? (Not all out war as we know it, but definitely skirmishes over grazing rights. Interesting reading!) What a cute craft! I think I will try this one with my GKs! Thank you for putting the template right on your post! And for sharing on NOBH!

  4. Kim
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 10:16:28

    Just adorable-love the smile!

    Did you ever see the images of half shorn sheep in National Geographic? The pictures are really pretty amazing at showing how much wool a sheep grows. Of course, the reality is now where near as cute as your daughter’s creation!

    http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photographers/photographer-cary-wolinsky/

  5. Heidi
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 11:13:12

    Kim, thank you for sharing the sheep picture! So cool!

  6. Kathleen Dougherty
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 14:53:14

    We found your site from Hip Homeschool Hop and we are checking out several sites that are posted (and blogging about what we found).

    I love this craft activity! Very creative!

    You have a great site here, thank you for sharing

  7. Teri
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 00:53:02

    I have a daycare and I take the kids to the local library for story time and a craft, so I asked if I could bring the craft next week and they said yes, and requested that it be a sheep so I have looked and looked your site had the perfect one for this I have to get 30 ready for the children so thank you !!!!!

    Daycare teri

  8. Heidi
    Mar 24, 2012 @ 09:16:41

    Teri, so glad I could be of help to you!

  9. Jennifer
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 17:22:17

    Thanks so much for the templates. I needed these for a craft I am doing soon with 3 & 4 yr olds.

  10. Heidi
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 20:49:32

    I am happy to share Jennifer! Glad they could be of use to you. 🙂

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