“Hand Print Sheep” are a fun craft to make with your little ones, developing motor skills and can be used for a range of activities!
This was Mummy, Daddy & Sophie’s attempt at hand print sheep!
Our family certainly won’t be winning any awards for arts & crafts, but at the end of the day it’s all about family time and exploring different textures and mediums!
WHAT YOU NEED
- Washable Ready Mixed Paint (Set of 6)(child friendly & washable);
- White card / paper;
- sheep template;
- Short length of ribbon / string;
Cut out the sheep template.
Pour some of the black paint into a shallow tray or similar with a flat base.
Encourage your toddler to put their whole hand into the paint palm down & fingers spread.
Then put their hand onto the white paper – press it down gently if you can to get the best print.
Wash those hands while waiting for the print to dry!
Cut out the hand-print (minus the thumb!).
Glue the sheep template to the top of the hand print using the fingers to make the 4 black legs!
HOW TO PLAY WITH YOUR HAND PRINT SHEEP
Lots of ideas!
- Use as part of a Baa-Baa Black Sheep theme: use them to sing the song / re-tell the rhyme etc. Sheep could also be part of a Farm, Easter or Spring theme.
- Puppet show – make up a story about 3 sheep and use the puppets to tell the story, making it more visual for your little one.
- Turn them into a mobile by hanging the 3 sheep from a wire
- Glue onto a background designed by your little one, e.g. a farm / field landscape.
What are you helping your little one to do?
- Exposure to vocabulary: sheep, black, paint, hand etc.
- Explore mark making with hands (early writing)
- Listen to & join in with favourite songs & rhymes (e.g. Baa Baa Black Sheep)
- Explore size differences and vocab e.g. small / big