Science and Math
The Life of a Lamb
Although Mary had a little lamb as a pet, a lamb is a great resource to people. As a lamb grows into a sheep, it may be used for wool, milk and to graze unwanted vegetation.
For this activity, hang pictures of wool, plants and flowers, and milk and cheese, in different places around the room. Have a basket in the center for the preschool children, filled with many of the same types of pictures that are hanging around the room, but in the shape of sheep. Have the children pretend they are Mary, and pick a sheep out of the basket to see where in the room they shall go. Will their sheep be sheared for wool, feast on plants or have their milk made into gourmet cheese? The children will enjoy acting out their sheep's important job!
It Followed Her To School
Cut out several colored construction paper school houses with matching colored construction paper girls and lambs. Have the appropriate color written on each school house, girl and lamb for literacy exposure. Have preschool children group matching colored pieces to complete the center activity.
This activity is a file folder game, and uses school houses with numerals on the top and enough dots to represent the numeral if a child is not able to identify the numeral. One may wish to only create five houses, or perhaps ten, depending on the level of preschool children in the classroom. The school houses will have the corresponding amount velcro tabs to the numeral at the top. Create enough velcro backed lamb shapes for the child to affix to each school house. This activity will aid in numeral recognition, counting and one to one correspondence.
Difference Between Lamb and Sheep
This is a concept the children will gain quickly. While singing or reading Mary Had a Little Lamb, explain that Mary's lamb was little because it was a baby sheep. As the baby lamb grows, it is called a sheep. If visiting a farm, be sure to ask if a sheep and its baby lamb are available to observe for your preschool Mary Had a Little Lamb theme.