Listen to a book about lambs.Edit
Adventsource offers a book just for Little Lambs on this subject - LAMBS ARE BABY SHEEP
Another good story that you can use is The Good Shepherd
Say three things you learned about lambs.Edit
- Baby sheep are called lambs.
- Most lambs are born in Spring
- Lambs are most often born as twins. Even though some ewes have single lambs or triplets, twins are the most common.
- Lambs will drink their mother's milk until they are around four months old. They begin nibbling on grass, grain and hay starting at two weeks of age. Lambs can be bottle fed if they are orphaned or their mother had several at one time and cannot feed them all.
- Lambs are born with long tails.
- The lamb is shorn for the first time when they are between seven and nine months of age. Lamb's wool is of premium quality and may be in high demand for spinning into yarn. This yarn can then be used to make scarves, hats, sweaters and other garments.
- Up to 20 percent of newborn lambs can die soon after birth unless they are given improved conditions.
Play a game about lambs.Edit
Some ideas for lamb games and crafts
Here are a few good ideas:
Sing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” including a verse about a lamb. And on his farm he had a lamb, had a lamb, had a lamb... baa baa here and a baaa baaa there
Bring in some sheep’s wool (fleece) to touch and feel. Grow some grass from seed (lambs’ favorite food) in small dishes. Frolic to music like little lambs in the pasture. Call out a number and then the kids can “Baa” that many times.
Make a lamb craft.Edit
Lamb Pencil Holder: Cut out shapes for the front, back, and face for a lamb. Color face of lamb black if desired, adding eyes, mouth, nose. Attach to an empty can. Decorate with cotton balls pulled looser. A fun, easy and useful craft.
Fluffy Tin Can Lamb: Go to Kaboose to see a picture
What you'll need:
- Empty tin vegetable can, washed and dried
- Liquitex Basics Gesso
- Large paint brush
- 45-50 cotton balls (couple of handfuls)
- One-half of a sheet of black felt
- Two medium wiggle eyes
- Small black pom pom
- Eight-inch piece of colored ribbon
- White craft glue (Tacky Glue)
How to make it:
- First, parents may need to use a piece of sandpaper or an Emory board to file off any sharp edge around the opening of the can. Many cans come with flip-top lids now and these are ideal as there are no sharp edges.
- Paint the outside of the can with one coat of Gesso. This will help the glue stick to the can as well as provide a white background in case your little ones leave any gaps between cotton balls. Allow to dry.
- Glue cotton balls onto the can, start at the bottom and work your way around the can. Then move up a layer and go all the way around again. Repeat this process until can is completely covered.
- From the black felt, cut out two ears (the shape of a capital letter D without the middle cut out) and two hooves. The hooves are just two small squares, round the edges of one end and cut a small triangle at the bottom for the toe.
- Glue ears and feet in place.
- Glue on wiggle eyes.
- Glue on pom pom for nose.
- Tie a piece of ribbon into a bow. Trim the ends and glue below the nose.