Give each of your children several cotton balls along with a piece of light blue construction paper. Let the children glue the cotton balls on their papers at random to represent wooly lamb bodies. Then have them use fine-point black markers to add heads and legs to their lambs. To complete, let them use green markers to draw some grass around their lambs, if they wish.

LAMB PUPPETS  (Art/Music/Language)
Have your children place one of their hands on a piece of white posterboard, with fingers and thumb outspread, and trace around the hand with a pencil. Help them cut out their hand shapes. Then demonstrate how to create a lamb by arranging a hand shape so that the palm forms the lamb’s body, the four fingers form legs, and the curved thumb forms a head and neck. Invite the children to draw an eye on their lamb heads and to cover the rest of their lamb shapes with pieces of glued-on cotton. When they have finished, attach a craft stick to the back of each lamb for a handle. Let the children use their puppets to accompany songs and rhymes about lambs.

LAMBS IN PASTURES  (Number Recognition/Counting)

Lay out five pieces of heavy green paper for pastures and number them from 1 to 5. Place fifteen cotton balls in a box for lambs. Then let your children take turns naming the numerals on the papers and counting out matching numbers of lambs to place in the pastures.

Cut five lamb shapes out of white felt Then invite your children to sit with you and take turns placing the lambs on a flannelboard as you recite the rhyme below.

One little wooly lamb with coat so new,
Along comes another lamb, and that makes two.
Two little wooly lambs roaming so free,
Along comes another lamb, and that makes three.
Three little wooly lambs by the barn door,
Along comes another lamb, and that makes four.
Four little wooly lambs so glad to be alive,
Along comes another lamb, and that makes five.
Five little wooly lambs having so much fun,
Together now, let’s count them one by one.
             Liz Ryerson

MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB  (Language/Movement)
Recite the rhyme below with your children. Then play music and let them take turns being Mary and the Little Lamb that follows her as she moves around the room.

Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go.

It followed her to school one day,
Which was against the rule.
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school.

MORE LAMB FUN  (Music/Science/Movement/Math)
Try one or more of these ideas with your group.

  • Sing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” including a verse about a lamb.
  • Bring in some sheep’s wool (fleece) to touch and examine.
  • Grow grass (lambs’ favorite food) in small cups.
  • Frolic to music like little lambs in the pasture.
  • Call out a number and then “Baa” that many times.
Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”

Oh, I wish I were a wooly little lamb,
Oh, I wish I were a wooly little lamb.
I would run and dance and play
In the pasture every day.
Oh, I wish I were a wooly little lamb.
            Heather McPhail

CREAM CHEESE LAMBS  (Food Preparation)
For snacktime, use a lamb cookie cutter to cut lamb shapes out of sturdy bread slices. Give one shape to each child on a small plate. Then invite your children to cover their shapes with softened cream cheese and add a currant or raisin piece for an eye.