Easy Sheep Craft Cotton Balls Projects

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Sheep Craft Cotton Balls by Messy Learning Kids

Sheep crafts with cotton balls can be a fun and engaging activity for children, especially when they are learning about farm animals (cows, turkeys, chickens, pigs, etc.) or during the Easter season.  Crafting is a fantastic way for children to unleash their creativity while having a great time. 

This craft can also tie in with popular nursery rhymes or songs like “Ba Ba Black Sheep” and provide an opportunity for children to engage in imaginative play. Children can use their creativity and a few simple materials to create adorable sheep crafts that they can take pride in.

In this article, we’ll be diving into three different lamb craft cotton balls projects that are perfect for parents seeking a fun activity to do with their children or teachers searching for an exciting classroom project. 

These wool-derful sheep crafts are bound to keep kids engaged and entertained, and best of all, they’re simple to make. 

Let’s embark on an enjoyable and stimulating crafting adventure!

Download the free cotton ball sheep template here and print them out to begin the project.
sheep template for cotton balls

Cotton Ball Sheep Craft with Templates

This is a great activity that will keep kids engaged and help them develop their creativity. With just a few simple materials, children can create their own fluffy sheep while having fun and learning new skills. Follow the step-by-step instructions and get ready for a fun-filled crafting experience!

What materials will you need?

What to do?

You can give markers to the kids to paint the head and legs of the sheep till you prepare the rest of the supplies.

Attach the cotton balls to the body.

Give each child a glue stick and show them how to apply glue to the sheep’s body.

Then, show them how to attach the cotton balls to the glue, covering the entire body of the sheep.

printable cotton ball sheep craft
lamb craft with cotton balls for toddlers

Now comes the fun part – adding color to the cotton balls! Using a paintbrush and watercolors, dab the paint onto the cotton balls. As you do so, watch as the cotton balls absorb the color and become vibrant and fluffy. 

sheep craft for preschoolers
preschool sheep craft

Print the templates and get started on this engaging activity today!

Handprint Sheep Craft with Cotton Balls

This adorable craft allows your child to use their hands and fingers to create a cute sheep using cotton balls and paint.

Hand printing can boost a child’s self-esteem and confidence. Seeing their own handprints and designs can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment, and encourage them to engage in other creative activities. This can help to foster a positive self-image and build resilience. 

Hand printing can also provide a fun and engaging sensory experience for children. The tactile stimulation of the paint and paper can help to improve their sensory processing skills and provide a sensory outlet for children who may be sensitive to certain textures or stimuli.

Plus, it’s a great opportunity for some quality bonding time with your little one as you work on the project together. Gather the materials and let’s get started on this fun and creative activity!

how to make sheep with cotton balls

What will You Need?


First, paint your child’s hand with black paint, making sure to cover the entire hand from the wrist to the fingertips. Then, carefully press the hand onto a piece of paper, making sure to position it so that the thumb is at the top and the fingers are pointing downward.

The handprint will serve as the body of the sheep, with the thumb becoming the head and the fingers becoming the legs.

how to make a sheep handprint

If those tiny hands are too small for the big cotton balls, use scissors to cut the cotton balls into 2 or 4 pieces. This can be done while the black paint is drying.

After the handprints are fully dried, it’s time to start adding the cotton balls. Use a glue stick to apply glue to the palm and the thumb of the handprint.

Then, press a cotton ball onto the glue and hold it in place for a few seconds to ensure it sticks. Use the smaller cotton pieces to make the body, and a full piece for the thumb, as it will be the head of the sheep. Leave the legs free of cotton balls.

Using a paintbrush, paint the big cotton ball (the head of the sheep) black to match the body. Then, use a glue stick to attach two heart-shaped sequins to the top of the head to serve as the sheep’s ears.

Finally, stick two googly eyes onto the head to give the sheep a cute and playful expression. We also used party hat sequins to add an accessory to our fancy sheep handprint. 

sheep crafts for toddlers

This project can be easily customized with different colors or additional embellishments, such as a hat sticker, a ribbon around the sheep’s neck, or a small flower made of felt. Once complete, display the handprint sheep on a shelf or in a frame to cherish as a reminder of this fun and creative activity.

3D Pine Cone Sheep Cotton Ball Craft

Using natural materials such as leaves, sticks, and pinecones can inspire children to think outside of the box and come up with unique and imaginative ideas for their projects.

It can help to promote an appreciation for nature and the environment and encourage children to explore the outdoors and develop a greater understanding of the natural world.

They provide a rich sensory experience, allowing children to explore different textures, shapes, and smells. This can help to enhance their sensory development and stimulate their curiosity.

Working with pine cones can require more dexterity and hand-eye coordination, which can help to improve fine motor skills in children. 

This can present unique challenges that require creative problem-solving skills. Children can learn to adapt and think creatively when they encounter obstacles in their crafting process. 

sheep with cotton balls a pretend game

What will You Need?

What to do?

To get started, cut a larger oval piece of the foam paper, or black felt for the sheep’s head, and 2 smaller pieces for the ears. Use the glue to attach it to the top of the pine cone. Next, add the googly eyes to give the sheep some personality.

Now it’s time to add the fluffy body! Pull apart the cotton balls and place them in the pine cone’s pleats, filling in all the gaps and creating a fluffy texture that looks just like wool. 

Optionally you can use glue to secure the cotton pieces in place.

With just a few simple materials and a little creativity, kids can create their own adorable 3D pine cone sheep to display on a shelf or use as a cute decoration, or even play with them. Give it a try today!

3d sheep craft ingredients
cottonball lamb

Conclusion of Sheep Craft Cotton Balls

Crafting with cotton balls is a fun and engaging activity that both children and adults can enjoy. Whether it’s a rainy day, a farm theme, or a holiday like Easter, these sheep crafts are perfect for keeping your little lambs entertained while developing their creativity and fine motor skills. 

The three different cotton ball lamb crafts in this article offer a variety of options for kids to explore and experiment with different materials and techniques. 

So don’t be sheepish, give these crafts a try and let your creativity run wild like a flock of sheep in a field!

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Eniko is a mother and wife, ex-teacher, and world traveler. Loves to be creative and admires spending quality time with her family. Enjoys outdoor activities-, and connecting to nature. She loves sharing her enthusiasm and inspiration. For more details check out Messy Learning Kids.

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