Struggling to keep your toddler busy? We’ve just the thing! Great for helping develop fine motor skills and a good way to use up yarn scraps if you knit or crochet yourself. After all, there’s no reason why the sheep can’t be a bit more colourful – when the Tour de France came through Kettlewell, we even ended up with some of the sheep painted (safely!) yellow so they had the same yellow jerseys as the race leader!

Of course, nobody ever has just the one sheep. They’re sociable animals, can remember faces, and will be happier if you make your own small flock. What would you do with a flock of these sheep? Simple: you could string them together to make simple bunting for your child’s bedroom wall, or you could add them to a collage of other things you might find in the countryside, like our Dancing Scarecrow, Funky Flowers, or our Crow!

Don’t forget to post a picture of your makes on social media with the hashtag #kettlewellscarecrow. We’d love to see how you get on!

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A sheep made from yarn wrapped round cardboard: so simple, it's ideal for a toddler
Yield: 1

Make your own sheep!

Painting Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Drying Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Difficulty: Super easy
Estimated Cost: Cheap

Our scarecrow festival is for all ages, and we've tried to reflect that in our crafts. This one can even be made by an enthusiastic toddler, with a little bit of help from a willing adult!

Materials

  • White card
  • White wool (or similar sheep colour, or a bright colour if you fancy a funky sheep)
  • Black paint
  • Sticky tape
  • 2 wooden clothes pegs
  • Wiggly eye - ideally self-adhesive, but if not you'll need a dab of PVA glue

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush

Instructions

  1. First, make sure your workspace is either washable or covered with paper to protect it from the paint.
  2. Draw the sheep shape on your card, then cut it out. The outline of the sheep's body and head on a card: a large oval with a bulge to one side to represent the head
  3. Paint the small end black: this will be the sheep's head.
  4. Paint your clothes pegs black. You might need to do this in stages and let them dry in between before you paint the other side.
  5. When everything is dry, you can make your sheep. Take the end of the yarn and tape it to the body, near the head. Tape the end of the yarn to the body, near the head, to prevent it unravelling
  6. Wrap the yarn around the sheep’s body, starting from the neck. You may need to stick it on the back in places with your tape, to stop it unravelling, especially for younger crafters - if you happen to have some double-sided tape to hand, a strip of that applied to either side can also be helpful, but not essential. Wrap the yarn from neck to tail
  7. Because of the shape of the body, you'll need to wrap across and diagonally as well as up and down, as if you were winding a ball of yarn.
  8. Clip the painted clothes pegs to the bottom of the body to make the sheep's legs. Clip the painted clothes pegs to the bottom of the wrapped card tp make the sheep's legs
  9. Stick the wiggly eye on the sheep's head to finish.



Notes

There's no need to stop at just the one sheep. Why not paint a simple landscape on a large piece of card, and add the sheep and other home-made items to it over time? It's a great way to keep the clutter to a minimum, as well as allowing the kids to show off their handiwork.