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Easy Toddler Craft - Cotton Ball Sheep - 7 Days of Play

Easy Toddler Craft – DIY Cotton Ball Sheep

This easy toddler craft is so simple you can make it in just a few minutes, even if you don’t think you can draw very well. 

And all you need is some leftover cardboard, paint, adhesive paper, and cotton balls.

This craft is a really fun and sensory-based one too. The soft cotton balls are a lot of fun to stick all over the sticky paper. The best thing about it is that there is NO MESS! 

Keep reading and discover how easy it is to make your very cotton ball sheep craft out of some cardboard, sticky paper, and cotton balls.

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Watch the Video to See How to Make the Sheep!

In this video you’ll see how easy it is to make this super cute sheep. It will probably take you less than 10 minutes to put together from start to finish. The best part is that all the supplies are super cheap. 

Even though this is made to be a toddler craft, if you have older kids, they might get into the play-time with their younger sibling. 

For written step-by-step instructions, read on below for more information!

Watch the Video to See How to Make the Sheep!

In this video you’ll see how easy it is to make this super cute sheep. It will probably take you less than 10 minutes to put together from start to finish. The best part is that all the supplies are super cheap. 

Even though this is made to be a toddler craft, if you have older kids, they might get into the play-time with their younger sibling. 

For written step-by-step instructions, read on below for more information!

Materials 

 

 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

On a piece of cardboard, draw a sheep, using markers and/or paint to color; I used a black permanent marker and white tempera paint sticks.

Step 2

Use a knife to cut out the body of the sheep.

Step 3

Take a big strip of sticky paper, or several strips of clear tape and place it over the cut body-portion, sticky side up.

Step 4

Provide a bucket of cotton balls for your little one to use to stick to the sheep and give it it’s wool back! Hang it up on the wall for a vertical set up, like we did!

 

Step 1

On a piece of cardboard, draw a sheep, using markers and/or paint to color; I used a black permanent marker and white tempera paint sticks.

Step 2

Use a knife to cut out the body of the sheep.

Step 3

Take a big strip of sticky paper, or several strips of clear tape and place it over the cut body-portion, sticky side up.

Step 4

Provide a bucket of cotton balls for your little one to use to stick to the sheep and give it it’s wool back! Hang it up on the wall for a vertical set up, like we did!

Educational Benefits of This Easy Toddler Craft

There are so many wonderful things that this simple little toddler craft can teach your child!

Fine Motor Skills: As they reach to pick up and attach the cotton balls, your child is strengthening the muscles they need to later hold a pencil and tie their shoes. 

Following Directions: When you do this activity with your toddler, tell them where to place the cotton balls. They will learn how to listen to directions and follow them. 

Early Counting: Learning how to count is the most basic early math skill you will teach your child. Beyond just learning how to count from 1-10, this craft will also teach your child other math skills too.

 

Number Sense – the ability to count forward and backward accurately. After your toddler places 2 cotton balls on the sheep, ask them to count backwards too.

Recognition: They also learn that when you say “3 cotton balls” and they see how many 3 actually is. 

Educational Benefits of This Easy Toddler Craft

There are so many wonderful things that this simple little toddler craft can teach your child!

Fine Motor Skills: As they reach to pick up and attach the cotton balls, your child is strengthening the muscles they need to later hold a pencil and tie their shoes. 

Following Directions: When you do this activity with your toddler, tell them where to place the cotton balls. They will learn how to listen to directions and follow them. 

Early Counting: Learning how to count is the most basic early math skill you will teach your child. Beyond just learning how to count from 1-10, this craft will also teach your child other math skills too.

Number Sense – the ability to count forward and backward accurately. After your toddler places 2 cotton balls on the sheep, ask them to count backwards too.

Recognition: They also learn that when you say “3 cotton balls” and they see how many 3 actually is. 

Make this Easy Toddler Craft Even Easier with this Free Printable 

Don’t think you have the art skills or the time to draw a sheep by hand? No problem! We have you covered with this free and totally cute sheep printable.

To set this up, all you have to do is print it out, cut out the body of the sheep and add tape or adhesive paper to the opening (sticky side up!).

Give your little one some cotton balls and have fun crafting the sheep! 

This and many more FREE printables in our printable section! 

Store-Bought Craft Kits and Supplies for Toddlers

Here are my top picks for the best easy toddler craft kits and supplies you can buy!

Toddler Craft Kits

Hands on playful learning subscription boxes for 2-4 year olds! These boxes arrive with everything you need for multiple, hands on activities!

Dot Markers

Dot Markers are excellent art tools for toddlers! The bottles are made with a large sponge tip duaber that are easy to grip, and they never dry out!

Arts & Crafts for Toddlers

This kit is designed for the youngest crafters! Easy to grasp parts with projects that are great for developing fine motor skills!

Wooden Art Easel

This wooden easel grows with your child and provides the perfect vertical surface. It includes a dry-erase board, chalk board, and a paper roll.

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