S is for Sheep

This is our final week for Mother Goose Time’s theme: A to Zoo animals. We had so much fun with it.

This week we learned the letter S and we learned about sheep. We played a game called “Counting Sheep”. We rolled a die, identified the number, and then counted that many sheep. We used cotton balls to represent sheep. Then, we compared piles of sheep. Who had the most? How many more sheep was it? Who had the least?

We talked about how sheep get their wool shaved. We looked up pictures of fluffy sheep and sheared sheep. My girls thought this was funny. Our next activity was a play dough activity. We pretended that the playdough was sheep’s wool. We pretended to shave different designs and patterns into the wool. We used yarn to press a design into the wool. Then, we used tweezers to take out the yarn (so our design wasn’t ruined). We imprinted letters, shapes, numbers, and random designs.

I love activities that work on multiple skills. With the above activity, the girls were practicing forming letters/shapes, and they were developing their fine motor skills. Two very important skills young learners need to practice. Plus, they had fun with it! Learning through play is the best way to learn.

For art, we made fluffy sheep. Each girl’s sheep could not be more different. I’m not sure what my younger daughter had in mind. But, she said, “I know what to do…” Then she went to work cutting the papers and gluing on cotton balls.

My older daughter wanted her sheep to be perfect. She spent a really long time making sure the details were perfect. There was even one point when she was putting the eyes on her sheep and her hand slipped. She drew a big black line across the face of the sheep. It was devastating. There were tears and everything. She said it was ruined. I convinced her that she could cover it up with the shaving cream. She was surprised and super excited that it worked! She made her sheep 3-D.

A few days after learning this lesson, I overheard my girls telling one of my friends a little bit about sheep. I don’t know how the conversation got started (I think she said she made sheep cookies) but I am so proud of all the things they are learning and the knowledge that they share with others.

Next month is all about art! I have a feeling it’s going to be another great month.

** I receive curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 3rd year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Mother Goose Time!

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