Doesn’t a year of peace and harmony sound appealing? The Chinese New Year begins on February 19, and according to the Chinese zodiac, it will be the Year of the Sheep, and a year of calm. Whether you’re looking for a craft to celebrate the Year of the Sheep, or a springtime craft for kids, take a peek at this Hair-Raising Sheep. I don’t know if he will instill you with calm, but I’m pretty sure he’ll make you smile!
If your kids want to get creative with this idea, great! Kathleen shared two other hair-raising critters for inspiration. I think you could also go extra-terrestrial with this idea and make a fun Martian, too.
To make a Hair-Raising Sheep, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: One 5” egg and two 3” eggs
- Acrylic craft paints in black and pink
- Thick white yarn
- Wiggly eyes, two 10mm
- Smooth black button
- Potting soil, small amount
- Grass or other quick-growing seed
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife*; pencil; ruler; teaspoon; flat paintbrush; plastic spray bottle
*Note: Be sure to help children as they cut the foam with the plastic knife.
To make a Hair-Raising Sheep:
- Cut a thin slice from the narrow end of the 5” egg so that the egg will stand and not roll. Cut another slice from the wide end of the egg, so that the top of the egg is flat. This will be the sheep’s head
- Draw a circle on the flat top, ¼” from the edge. Using the teaspoon, dig out the top of the egg, creating a hole that’s 2” deep and ¼” from the sides.
- Cut in half width-wise one 3″ egg. Paint the wider half black and let dry. This will be the muzzle.
- Cut the remaining 3” egg widthwise, removing the lower third from the wide end. Cut the remaining 2/3 in half for the ears. Using the spoon, carve away the cut end so that the ears will fit against the head. Paint black and let dry.
- Glue the muzzle and the ears onto the sheep’s head.
- Paint the cheeks pink. Glue on wiggle eyes and add the button nose.
- Cut yarn into 1″ to 1-1/2″ lengths. Use white glue to adhere yarn to head in a random pattern of circles and swirls; let dry.
- Carefully spoon the potting soil into the hole at the top of the sheep’s head. Firmly press down the dirt. Sprinkle a small amount of grass seed onto the dirt and gently pat down with fingertip. Use the spray bottle to saturate the soil and then place it in a sunny window. Keep the soil moist until the seeds begin to sprout.
Younger kids might enjoy making this Little Lamb with air-dry clay.
Here’s the fabulous Chinese Dragon Puppet Kathleen George designed and shared with Crafts ‘n Coffee last year. This is a definitely a more involved project for children and adults to make together, and the finished dragon puppet is amazing.
I’m thinking we might celebrate the Chinese New Year with a Chinese dinner next week. How about you?
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