Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Hand print sheep

Here is a craft that children enjoy which can also be used for educational purposes. For example, our PeeWee Patch Club used this craft when the children learned about the shepherds coming to visit Baby Jesus. It would also work nicely with a science lesson on sheep or with a Bible Lesson about David or about Jesus being the Good Shepherd and our being His sheep. Perhaps your child could trace his own hand and work on his motor skills. You may purchase your own supplies or may buy a ready-made Baa Baa Hand Sheep kit from Guildcraft Arts and Crafts.

Targeted age:

  • For the child to complete on his own: 6+
  • With help: any

Materials List:
  • white card stock
  • black construction paper
  • glue
  • stuffing or cotton balls
  • wiggle eyes (optional)
  • self-adhesive magnetic tape (optional)

  1. Trace your child's hand print (keep fingers spread apart) onto a piece of white card stock.
  2. Cut out the card stock hand print.
  3. Using the card stock hand print as a template, trace your child's hand print minus the thumb onto the construction paper.
  4. Cut out the thumb-less hand print.
  5. Glue the construction paper on top of the white card stock. The legs (fingers) should be black while the head (thumb) should be white.
  6. Glue the stuffing or cotton balls onto the palm of the hand print as pictured above.
  7. (Optional) Add 2 wiggle eyes and a nose - glue on an oval of black construction paper.
  8. (Optional) Cut a strip of magnetic tape and stick it on the back of the sheep.
Now you have your child's hand print immortalized as a little sheep. Thank you to Guildcraft Arts and Crafts for the idea.

photo courtesy of Guildcraft Arts and Crafts


knowhimwell said...

Very cute idea! I will probably use this with my preschool class for "S" week. We are on "M" right now. I can also incorporate the story of David with this and the song. Thanks!

Revka said...

I like your idea for how to use this activity. I bet working with the day care gives you a lot of good ideas. And you're welcome, of course. I hope you get a ton of great ideas here in the future! :)

Anonymous said...

Very nice idea! Thank you! I am going to use it in my Grade R class...