Baa, baa green sheep, have you any wool? Blue sheep, red sheep, green sheep, woolly sheep, popcorn sheep and Russell the sheep. We had all kinds of sheep at this storytime session. The children were keen to tell me about the sheep they saw when they visited a farmyard and some of the children had even seen sheep being rounded up by a sheep dog and then sheared.
Mem Fox’s classic, Where is the Green Sheep?, is a must read for a sheep themed storytime. Young children will delight in discovering a flock of sheep you don’t see every day. There are red sheep and blue sheep, wind sheep and wave sheep, scared sheep and brave sheep, as well as sheep in the bathtub, on a train and repairing a car. The text is repetitive and predictable with supporting pictures, making it suitable for beginner readers. It is also fun to read aloud and useful for reinforcing colours and opposites. Can you find the green sheep?
Russell the Sheep has a problem. When night falls and all the other sheep go to sleep, Russell can’t. He’s tried everything he can think of to fall asleep. From making it darker and cooler to counting the stars, all six hundred million billion and ten of them – twice! But he is still wide awake. What’s a sheep to do? Told with visual humour, Russell finally discovers the one thing he needs to count to get to sleep. What will it be?
A Shearing Rhyme For You
Five White and Fluffy Sheep
Five white and fluffy sheep,
In the pasture fast asleep.
The Farmer ran away with one,
Sheared her wool till he was done.
Now there are four white fluffy sheep.
(Continue counting down to none!)
Popcorn Sheep Craft
You will need:
A picture of a sheep on card
2 wooden pegs
1. Cut out your sheep’s head and body.
2. Attach the pegs for legs.
3. Glue the coloured popcorn onto your sheep.
4. When the glue has dried the sheep will stand upright. Baaa!
Reading for pleasure is the most important indicator of the future success of a child. Happy reading!
If you have a favourite sheep book, or activity, we would love to hear about them below.