This paper plate sheep craft is extra special and easy to make with the free craft template available for you to download. I love how the cotton balls bring this adorable farm animal to life. Of course, he could use some farm animal friends, like this paper plate cow craft or this paper plate pig craft. Or maybe you’d like to make this mama hen with the flapping wings too?
Not only is this a fun farm animal craft, but this sheep craft also makes a great Sunday School craft or Church craft. There are so many stories and parables about sheep in the Bible. Use this sheep craft along with your story and song time in children’s church.
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- 2 Paper plates (9-inch coated)
- Black paint
- Googly eyes (or printable eyes)
- Glue stick
- Construction paper
- Cotton balls
- Stapler with staples
- Elmer’s glue
- Markers (optional)
- Sheep craft template
Crafting with your kids should be fun and simple, not one more thing for you to avoid on your ever growing “to do” list. By using our “fill your bag” approach to crafting it can be just that! Just download our master list of supplies that fit into one bag, and you will be ready to make any craft that you see on this site. We stick to that list to make crafting with your kids actually do-able (and enjoyable) even when life is hectic.
Our Favorite Sheep Books for Kids
The best way that I know how to elevate and already amazing craft time is to add reading to the mix. Plus, we’re adding a whole other set of skills that can be built up during this learning through play activity. Here are some of our favorite sheep books for kids.
How to Make a Paper Plate Sheep Craft
Step 1: Paint the Head of Your Sheep Craft
- Lay out some newspaper to protect your work surface and a paper plate on the newspaper, bottom side up.
- Pinch a pompom with a clothespin to form a “paint brush”.
- Squeeze out some black paint onto your newspaper.
- Then paint the bottom of your paper plate, leaving the top couple of inches unpaint. This will be covered with cotton balls for the sheep’s wool later.
- Set it aside and give the paint some time to dry.
Step 2: Use the Sheep Craft Template
- While the paint is drying, print out the sheep craft template.
- Use the template to cut all of the parts of your sheep from black construction paper, including the 2 ears and 4 legs.
- Add 1″ slits to the bottom center of each ear.
*If you do not have access to a printer, simply draw 4 rectangles for the legs and cut them out. Then draw 2 ears and cut them out also. Add 1″ slits to the bottom center of each ear.
Step 3: Staple the Plates Together
- Now that the paint has dried, staple the 2 paper plates together as pictured, with the unpainted section of the first plate being connected to the second plate.
Step 4: Add the Parts of Your Fluffy Sheep Craft
- Now it’s time to put the parts of your sheep together.
- First use your glue stick to attach the legs on the second plate. Press firmly and give the glue a minute to set up.
- Where you cut the slit in each of the ears, overlap the sides slightly and secure with your glue stick. Repeat this for each ear.
- Finally, attach the ears to the front plate toward the top using your glue stick.
Step 5: Place the Cotton Balls on Your Sheep Craft
- Take your Elmer’s glue and swirly glue all over the second plate that is the body of your sheep.
- Pull cotton balls to make them fluffy and cover the plate, sticking them to the glue. Add more glue as needed.
- Repeat this process of gluing and placing fluffy cotton all around the top of the head of your sheep craft, going around the ears and down onto the forhead of your sheep.
Rather than leaving the cotton balls as is when making this sheep craft, encourage your little ones to gently pull at each cotton ball to make if fluffy. And when pulling, watch as they use a tip pinch (tip of the index finger opposed to the tip of the thumb).
This is a fine motor skill that you want to encourage and strengthen as it is vital to so many other functional tasks they’ll be expected to do every day, both at school and in the home…things such as holding a pencil properly, zipping up a jacket, picking those pesky mushrooms off a pizza (kids never seem to like the mushrooms)…and so many other things that we don’t even think about as adults but many children struggle with. Crafts are a great way to work on fine motor skills while also having fun.
Step 6: Finish Off Your the Details of Your Sheep Craft with Cotton Balls
- Now create the adorable face of your paper plate sheep craft.
- Attach googly eyes or print and cut out paper eyes and put them in place.
- Cut 2 small strips of gray or white paper and glue them in an ‘x’ for the nose.
- We also cut 2 small pink circles to give our sheep some rosey cheeks. You can add any other details that you would like during this step.
Now that you know how to make a sheep craft, it’s time to really make it your own. We stuck to traditional sheep colors, but you can change it up however you would like. You could even use colorful tissue paper squares instead of cotton balls to decorate your sheep if you’d like him extra special. The only limit is your imagination.