Sunday, 29 September 2013

Baa, baa, black sheep EYFS activity ideas

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool,
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full,
hold up three fingers
One for the master,
put down one finger
And one for the dame,
put down one finger
And one for the little boy,
put down one finger
Who lives down the lane.
Thank you said the master,
Thank you said the dame,
And thank you said the little boy,
Who lives down the lane.


EYFS activity ideas

After singing the nursery rhyme to your child, why don't you try one of these activities to further their learning.

Personal, social and emotional development.

  • Look at the new 'add on' to the nursery rhyme, discuss why it is important to use our manners.... 'thank you said the master...'
  • Make some thank you letters from the master, the dame and the little boy, encouraging the use of good manners.
  • Discuss how you think the sheep would feel during shearing. Would he feel scared, or happy that he's cooler without his big woolly coat.
  • Sing the nursery rhyme using different colours for the sheep. - explore how it would feel to be seen as different. Look at how everyone was made different, but we all feel the same....

Physical development.

  • Stick black pom-poms onto a sheep drawn on contact paper.
  • Make sheep with play dough, print out a sheep picture and roll out little balls or twirls to decorate it.
  • Pretend to be a sheep.
  • Pretend to shear a sheep, - put some shaving foam on a balloon and use a blunt eating knife, or play knife to shear the 'sheep's woolly coat' off.

Communication and language.

  • Read a baa, baa black sheep book.
  • Make a nursery rhyme board, encourage your children to put a sheep picture on the word sheep, a smiley face picture (as manners make us happy) on the word 'thank you'.


  • Make your own word search with words from the nursery rhyme.
  • Practice writing the word 'sheep' using a variety of different medias, wet sand, coloured salt, paint, chalk..


  • Make a matching colour game. make different coloured sheep, black, blue, red, green, white etc. Try and find something around the house/nursery the same colour.
  • Print out some 'baa, baa, black sheep' sequencing cards. You can find these here
  • Matching coloured bags of wool to the corresponding sheep.
  • Counting using sheep.
  • Make a sheep, or bags of wool number line.
  • Matching the numbers on sheep to their corresponding bag of wool.

Understanding the world.

  • Play farms, look at other animals that live on a farm.
  • Go for a walk, and find some sheep, can you find a black sheep? use the time to discuss why there are more white sheep than black sheep.
  • Look at how we get wool. How do they turn it from a sheep's woolly coat to our woolly jumper. click here to find a video from the BBC learning zone, which looks at how wool is made.
  • Find out how the farmers shear a sheep. Click here to find a children's video about how the farmer shears his sheep.


Expressive art and design.

  • Make a black sheep picture, try using cotton wool. dip it into gloopy black paint and use it to decorate your sheep picture.
  • Make a sheep sock puppet.
  • Sponge paint on a picture of a sheep.

Find lots of other ideas on my baa, baa, black sheep pinterest board.

Feel free to add you own 'Baa, baa, black sheep' ideas in the comments, I would love to hear them. :)

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  1. UW - black sheep are naturally much rarer than white, but were valuable to farmers cos changes in the colour of their fleece indicate nutrition problems - time to move the flock to new pasture!

    Also heard (M) that including a set ratio of black sheep to white helped in doing quick sheep headcounts :)

    1. thank you for sharing that information Claire, I never knew that :)