Stories & Crafts: Farm Animals 2

Welcome to our digital Stories & Crafts for preschoolers. Rhyme along as Nancy Shaw’s favorite flock dine at a fancy teashop. Then try your hand (or thumb) at making your own sheep.

Make a Thumbprint Sheep


  • Paper: black and a sheet of another color for the background
  • White paint
  • Scissors and glue
  • Two googly eyes
  • Yarn or ribbon


  1. Decide if you want to make a sheep from the front or the side.
  2. Cut legs from black paper. You will need two for a “front sheep” or four for a “side sheep.” I used 1” x 3” strips.
  3. Glue the legs on the background paper. For a “side sheep” you can also add a tail.
  4. Make the sheep’s body by dipping your thumb in white paint and making lots of thumbprints on the background paper.
  5. Cut out a sheep head from black paper and glue it on the body. Here is a pattern you can use: Sheep Template.
  6. Make a bow out of yarn or ribbon and glue it under the sheep’s chin.

Visit Crafty Morning for more tips and examples.

Things to Talk About

  • How does the paint feel on your thumb? What words can you use to describe it?
  • If sheep have four legs, why do we only see two from the front?
  • Write out the word sheep. “What is the first sound we hear in sheep? /sh/ This sound is made by the letters s and h. Sometimes two letters work together to make one sound that is different than the sounds they make by themselves.”

More Fun

Farm animals and their babies matching printables

Printable animal crafts including a farm pop-up book and finger puppets

Ernie Counts Sheep to Sleep

Sheep facts video

 Pig On Her Head song by The Laurie Berkner Band

Read more about farm animals. 

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Debbie is a youth services specialist on the Early Childhood team. Look for her on the Learn & Play Bus or hanging out with Baby Bookworms. Along with a passion for reading, Debbie enjoys puzzles, attending local dance and theater productions, gardening, and portrait photography.