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I first had the idea when we did the Sheep Window Art as part of our 100 day play challenge. Adam had more fun removing the cotton wool from the contact paper rather than putting it onto the sheep picture. I wanted to make Adam a 3D sheep where he could remove the cotton wool.
Resources needed for Sheep Shearing
* Toy Wheelbarrow (optional)
How to set up Sheep Shearing
On one side of the stool I attached Contact Paper/ Sticky Back Plastic so that the sticky side was facing out. This was harder than I expected.
How to play Sheep Shearing
At Adam’s Birthday Party the idea of the game would have been to see who could remove the cotton wool the quickest – who could shear the sheep the quickest. As it was just Adam playing it turned into a fine motor skills activity. I placed a toy wheelbarrow next to the sheep for Adam to collect the cotton wool in.
I was surprised that Adam methodically took off the cotton wool balls in rows. He started at the top, worked his way across the row and then would move onto the next row.
Each piece of cotton wool he picked off of the sheep went straight into the wheelbarrow.
Throughout the activity he kept pointing to the stool and saying “sheep”.
When all of the cotton wool had been removed from the sheep, Adam took his full wheelbarrow to his Mud Kitchen. He spent ages transferring the cotton wool from the wheelbarrow, to the table, onto the ground and then back into the wheelbarrow.
The cotton wool can be reattached to the contact paper meaning the Sheep Shearing activity can be played with again and again.
We also took our Sheep Shearing activity to Nana’s house so Adam and his cousin could play the activity together. Watch Sheep Shearing in action along with step by step instructions on how to make your own 3D sheep:
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