Where is the Green Sheep?

Activities for Where is the Green Sheep?
We have a long list of favourite children and toddler books in our collection and one of them that we never get bored with is Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek. 
My two older kids have grown up reading and listening to this story over and over many, many times.  Without a doubt, I feel it has assisted in their development into confident early readers as this book has repetitive and predictable text with supporting pictures and most importantly it is also so much fun to read!
To continue the learning for this much loved book onto my Miss 2 and at the same time incorporate the learning of the colour green, we have been making our very own Green Sheep Puppet!!
What you will need?
An invitation to play – Here I have set up our activity table with paper fastened down with sticky tape (to stop it from moving), two clean meat trays with light and dark green paint and two toy cars, they just happen to be green for our “green theme”.  You will also need two pop sticks that will be used as the handle for holding up the Green Sheep Puppet. 
Let’s Play
To create our Green Sheep Puppet, we first made some paper by rolling toy cars into light and dark green paint.  This was really effective creating a contrast of two shades of green.  It is also a wonderful opportunity for Miss 2 to play with the paint and watch as patterns were transferred onto the paper from the paint covered wheels on the toy cars. 
When the paper was dry I printed off the Green Sheep outline and used it as a stencil and a guide to create the shape of the green sheep on the paper.  We then cut it out and attached two pop sticks using sticky tape. 
Click here to download and print: Printable The Green Sheep Outline
We played many fun games with the Green Sheep Puppet:
  • Hide and Seek Green Sheep – Hide the Green Sheep Puppet around the house in obvious places that your child will see instantly and won’t have to search for too hard, such as standing up or leaning on the couch.  Ask your child, where is the green sheep? just like in the book.
  • Role Play the Story – Using the Green Sheep Puppet, retell and re-create the different types of sheep in the book such as ‘Here is the wind sheep.’  Slowly move the Green Sheep Puppet through the air making whooshing sounds.
The Learning benefits:
  • Cause and effect
  • Self-expression
  • Imagination and creativity through roll playing with the Green Sheep Puppet
  • Building and strengthening fine motor skills
  • Concentration
  • Eye and hand coordination
  • Language development
*Please always supervise young children during activities* 
 Learning 4 kids

Rainbow Rice & Bottle Tops

It is always interesting to see what kids come up with when you give them simple props to promote play with an open-ended, unstructured activity.  In this case sensory play with rice and bottle tops, two main props to inspire the imagination and creativity.  We have re-used the rainbow rice from the previous activities, Rice Rainbows in a Cup and Rainbow Rice Bags and developed a sensory tub/table to promote learning and fun.
What you will need?
You will need the left over rice from the previous rainbow rice activities, bottle tops and a large container.  We mixed the coloured rice together and place it in a large plastic clear container and added bottle tops to the play table.
Straight into it – they love the feel and texture and can’t wait to play with it!
Miss 4 and 5 had so much fun pretending to be little chefs serving food to customers.  They were measuring and scooping up the rice using the bottle tops.  Moving the rice from one bottle top to another and levelling it with their hands so it was nice and flat…..aah the imagination!
Later that evening Miss 4 came to me saying “I made a bottle top rainbow in a cup Mum,” I had to take a photo!  Kids have the best ideas……I never thought of this!  She has used the bottle tops from this activity and the idea of a rice rainbow in a cup and brought the two together.
There are numerous learning benefits:
  •  Promotes imaginative play – taking on roles and characters
  • Strengthening fine motor
  • Hand and eye coordination
Other Rainbow Rice Activities
Rainbow Rice Sensory Bag
Rice Rainbows in a Cup
Learning 4 kids
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