I first had the idea when we did the sheep window art as part of our 100 day play challenge. Adam had more fun removing the cotton wool from the contact paper rather than putting it onto the sheep picture. I wanted to make a 3D sheep.
Again the Ikea stool, which we used when milking the cows, provided a fantastic 3D body. I recycled a sheep head from the animal balloon herding activity.
On one side of the stool I attached contact paper so that the sticky side was facing out. This was harder than I expected. I remembered from making our Sticky Christmas Tree that I have a love/hate relationship with contact paper! I pushed rows of cotton wool balls onto the contact paper to complete the sheeps woolly coat.
At the party the idea of the game would have been to see who could remove the cotton wool the quickest – who could shear the sheep the quickest. As it was just Adam playing it turned into a fine motor skills activity.
I placed a toy wheelbarrow next to the sheep for Adam to collect the cotton wool in.
I was surprised that Adam methodically took off the cotton wool balls in rows. He started at the top, worked his way across the row and then would move onto the next row.
Each piece of cotton wool he picked off of the sheep went straight into the wheelbarrow.
Throughout the activity he kept pointing to the stool and saying “sheep”.
When all of the cotton wool had been removed from the sheep Adam took his full wheelbarrow to his Mud Kitchen (post to follow soon about the new addition to our garden). He spent ages transferring the cotton wool from the wheelbarrow, to the table, onto the ground and then back into the wheelbarrow.
Adam then spent the rest of the time walking around the garden with his wheelbarrow full of wool.
Watch Sheep shearing in action:
* White stools – we used an Ikea one
* Black card and white stickers to make the sheep head and tail
* Contact paper
* Cotton wool balls
* Toy wheelbarrow (optional)
Adam was 2 years old
If you love sheep then take a look at our other sheep activities: