I came up with this fun eraser stamped sheep craft for kids as a Chinese New Year activity for the kids since 2015 is the year of the sheep. All four kids enjoyed making flocks of these little sheep, and they double up as an excellent spring craft for kids!
This is a quick and easy craft that looks cute whether it is made by a two-year-old or an eight-nearly-nine-year-old. All you need is a bit of white paint, a pencil with an unused eraser, and a sheet of construction paper. We love Crayola washable paint* for its lovely colors and washability. You may have noticed that my kids never wear painting or craft clothes – I just buy craft supplies that I know will wash out.
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Dip your eraser in the paint and stamp several circles onto your paper, close together. Your stamped creation will soon begin to look like a woolly sheep! Make as many sheep as you want, and then set your paper aside for the paint to dry.
Once your paint dries, use a plain black pen to add a dot for an eye and four legs. Easy and adorable! And, what matters more than the cute factor, it is fun for kids of all ages! The woolly-looking result is just a bonus. The kids enjoyed this so much that they decided to also make a slew of bunnies, which make a great spring or Easter craft! They want to add more animals to their eraser-stamped collection – do you have any suggestions for them?
Emma even made a quick video for you to watch:
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What are you doing to celebrate Chinese New Year? Do you have a fun sheep-themed craft for us to try? How about a sheep-themed book? Sheep in a Jeep is a popular story in our home!