Adventist Adventurer Awards/Wooly Lamb
Listen to a book about lambs.
Adventsource offers a book just for Little Lambs on this subject - LAMBS ARE BABY SHEEP
The Story of the Nativity - “The First Christmas Gift” includes lambs in the story.
CCM.com - Another good story that you can use is The Good Shepherd
The Little Lamb by Phoebe Dunn is a full-color photographed story about a girl caring for a lamb.
StoryJumper.com has this cute story about a Lion and a Lamb
Say three things you learned about lambs.
If the book that you read to the children is more a story and not informational, you will need to find some fun ways to talk about what lambs are!
Some methods: Have a color poster/large picture of a sheep and lamb. Do a touching, listening, talking time where you ask the children to notice things about lambs. Ex. lambs are smaller than sheep. Lambs are fluffy white. Lambs are babies. Lambs drink their momma’s milk. Lambs don’t hatch from eggs. Jesus talks about lambs in the Bible (great opening for a Bible story about 'The Good Shepherd' - John 10:1-18
Other facts that children might like to learn:
- 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 (hair cut off - it doesn't hurt the lamb!) 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.
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.
The Shepherd Says (take-off from The Captain Says) The leader is the "shepherd" and calls out commands to the "sheep". If the sheep do not follow the directions, they can be chased and tagged by the "wolf". Examples of commands are: "follow me" (follow the leader), "green pastures" (sheep scatter to "eat"), "still waters" (sheep line up to "drink" at river), wolf howl (sheep huddle together).
Shepherd Says (take-off from Simon Says) The children are lambs and all stand in a row. The shepherd (leader) gives commands like “Shepherd says stand on one leg” or "shepherd says stick out your tongue," and everyone follows the command. The shepherd keeps giving simple commands. The shepherd sometimes doesn’t use the phrase “shepherd says” which means the children should NOT do that action. If the shepherd doesn’t say “shepherd says” but the child still does the action, than the child comes and stands next to the shepherd. The last two lambs following directions win. Discussion can go to John 10:1-18 where Jesus is our shepherd. We shouldn’t listen to other shepherds (temptation/the Devil) but should only listen to what our Good Shepherd, Jesus says.
COTTON BALL LAMBS (Art) Give each of your children several cotton balls along with a piece of light blue construction paper. Let the children glue the cotton balls on their papers at random to represent wooly lamb bodies. Then have them use fine-point black markers to add heads and legs to their lambs. To complete, let them use green markers to draw some grass around their lambs, if they wish.
LAMB PUPPETS (Art/Music/Language) Have your children place one of their hands on a piece of white posterboard, with fingers and thumb outspread, and trace around the hand with a pencil. Help them cut out their hand shapes. Then demonstrate how to create a lamb by arranging a hand shape so that the palm forms the lamb’s body, the four fingers form legs, and the curved thumb forms a head and neck. Invite the children to draw an eye on their lamb heads and to cover the rest of their lamb shapes with pieces of glued-on cotton. When they have finished, attach a craft stick to the back of each lamb for a handle. Let the children use their puppets to accompany songs and rhymes about lambs.
LAMBS IN PASTURES (Number Recognition/Counting) Lay out five pieces of heavy green paper for pastures and number them from 1 to 5. Place fifteen cotton balls in a box for lambs. Then let your children take turns naming the numerals on the papers and counting out matching numbers of lambs to place in the pastures.
FLANNELBOARD LAMB GAME (Math/Language) Cut five lamb shapes out of white felt Then invite your children to sit with you and take turns placing the lambs on a flannelboard as you recite the rhyme below.
One little wooly lamb with coat so new, Along comes another lamb, and that makes two. Two little wooly lambs roaming so free, Along comes another lamb, and that makes three. Three little wooly lambs by the barn door, Along comes another lamb, and that makes four. Four little wooly lambs so glad to be alive, Along comes another lamb, and that makes five. Five little wooly lambs having so much fun, Together now, let’s count them one by one. 1-2-3-4-5.
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB (Language/Movement) Recite the rhyme below with your children. Then play music and let them take turns being Mary and the Little Lamb that follows her as she moves around the room.
Mary had a little lamb, Its fleece was white as snow. And everywhere that Mary went The lamb was sure to go.
It followed her to school one day, Which was against the rule. It made the children laugh and play To see a lamb at school.
MORE LAMB FUN (Music/Science/Movement/Math) Try one or more of these ideas with your group.
Sing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” including a verse about a lamb. Bring in some sheep’s wool (fleece) to touch and examine. Grow grass (lambs’ favorite food) in small cups. Frolic to music like little lambs in the pasture. Call out a number and then “Baa” that many times.
OH, I WISH I WERE A WOOLY LITTLE LAMB (Music) Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It” Oh, I wish I were a wooly little lamb, Oh, I wish I were a wooly little lamb. I would run and dance and play In the pasture every day. Oh, I wish I were a wooly little lamb.
CREAM CHEESE LAMBS (Food Preparation) For snacktime, use a lamb cookie cutter to cut lamb shapes out of sturdy bread slices. Give one shape to each child on a small plate. Then invite your children to cover their shapes with softened cream cheese and add a currant or raisin piece for an eye.
Make a lamb craft.
A site of Christian Lamb crafts
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.
Easy Hand Lamb:
Trace the child’s hand on black construction paper. Add eye dots (tiny wiggly eyes or white paint with a black dot in the middle) to the THUMB. The other four fingers are the feet. Add white cotton, fluffy white seeds, or other white fuzzy to the “palm” portion of the hand cut-out