What You’ll Need:
- White and black construction paper
- Cotton balls
- 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:
- 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
- Cover the sheep’s body with glue
- Stick the 4 legs onto the bottom of the body
- Cover the rest of the sheep with cotton balls
- Glue the sheep’s head onto the body (we slid our just under the cotton balls)
- 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.
- 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.
- Mothers usually carry the lambs in her body for about 5 months before they are born.
- On average, sheep usually live for about 7 years. Some can live up to about 13 years.
- Some sheep are used to produce milk. As with milk from cows and goats, sheep’s milk can be used to make cheese.
- There are over 1 billion sheep in the world.
- China has the largest number of sheep in the world.
- Adult female sheep are known as ewes.
- Adult male sheep are known as rams, unless they are neutered; then they are called wethers.
- Wethers make good pets and wool animals.
- A group of sheep is known as a herd, flock or mob.
- Young sheep are called lambs.
- Sheep have a field of vision of around 300 degrees, allowing them to see behind themselves without having to turn their head.
- Sheep are herbivores that eat vegetation such as grass.
- The digestive system of sheep features four chambers which help break down what they eat.
- 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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