Sugar Aunts is hosting a fun Nursery Rhyme Activities series, and I’m excited to be a part of it! My preschoolers and I focused on Baa, Baa, Black Sheep and created some name art based on that nursery rhyme.
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Setting it up
For the nursery rhyme name activity, I cut the construction paper in half length-wise. I wrote the children’s names on the paper with black crayon. The black pompom was placed at the end of a clothespin, too. That’s all the prep work for the name activity, beyond gathering the supplies!
For the free art activity, I dyed some cotton balls black. The cotton balls went into a plastic bag, along with a few squirts of liquid watercolors. I could have just used black pompoms, but I didn’t have many. Also, black tempera paint would have worked on the cotton balls. I didn’t have any at home when I was getting the cotton balls ready, so I just used the watercolors.
What we did
To start off, the kiddos and I reviewed Baa, Baa, Black Sheep. Most of the children already knew it, but some had forgotten the words. Here’s the rhyme, as I know it –
Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir, three bags full!
One for my master.
One for my dame.
One for the little boy who lives down the lane.
Of course, being me, I had fun embellishing the voices and the tune – which the children found hilarious. It’s nice to know the students enjoy my sense of humor! 🙂
After that, I explained that we were going to make black sheep names! I showed them the clothespin holding a black pompom, then said they’d use that to paint over their names. I invited the children over one at a time to do just that! Some of the children carefully dabbed and dotted their names, making the letters look like fluffy black sheep. Others chose to slide the pompom over their names for a more sleek effect.
While one child was painting “black sheep names”, the other children were creating free art inspired by Baa Baa Black Sheep. They glued the dyed black cotton balls to construction paper and created an assortment of art. They seemed to enjoy the texture of the cotton balls, as well as the act of gluing them to the paper. There were hardly any cotton balls left!
Other nursery rhyme activities for Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
I just couldn’t resist sharing a few more ideas for the rhyme! If the sheep in the activity is white, I’d just switch the materials to black to be applicable here!
Yarn Wrap Sheep from Craftulate
Sticky Sheep from Twodaloo
Paper Plate Sheep from Housing a Forest
Shear the Sheep Cutting Activity from School Time Snippets