Baa! Baa! It's all about Sheepish Lambs for Episode 24 of the Storytime Seedlings Podcast - for storytime anytime, anywhere you want, just click the podcast play button below!
For a handy print-out of sheepishly fun songs, books and fingerplays -- click here!
Sheepish Books to Share with Little Lambs
Counting Sheep with Fingerplays
Five White and Fluffy Sheep
Five white and fluffy sheep (hold up five fingers)
In the pasture fast asleep (hands under head, lean over)
Their wool kept them cozy all night long (hug yourself)
Snore! Snore! (make snore sounds)
The farmer slipped away with one (hold up one finger)
And sheared the wool till he was done (clap)
Then there were 4 white fluffy sheep (hold up four fingers)
Baa! Baa! (baa!)
(Repeat the verse, subtracting one lamb - finger- at a time.)
Five Little Wooly Lambs
One little wooly lamb with coat so new,
(start by holding up one finger, then add as you read)
Along comes another lamb, and that makes two.
Two little wooly lambs roaming so free,
Along comes another lamb, and that makes three.
Three little wooly lambs by the barn door,
Along comes another lamb, and that makes four.
Four little wooly lambs so glad to be alive,
Along comes another lamb, and that makes five.
Five little wooly lambs having so much fun,
Together now, let’s count them one by one.
Pre-Literacy Tip - Counting + Sheep = Mathematics
Teach math concepts to young children by counting sheep with fingerplays, games, and art and they will have fun as they are learning. See the fingerplays above or on the PDF handout. Counting one to five with the fingerplay, Five Little Wooly Lambs, teaches addition, starting with one and adding one lamb at a time as you repeat the verse. Five White and Fluffy Sheep teaches subtraction as the fingerplay starts with five sheep and takes away one with each verse repetition.
Dr. Warren, of preschoolexpress.com, also suggests a game for number recognition:
"LAMBS IN PASTURES (Number Recognition/Counting) - Lay out five pieces of heavy green paper for pastures and number them from 1 to 5. Place fifteen cotton balls in a box for lambs. Then let your children take turns naming the numerals on the papers and counting out matching numbers of lambs to place in the pastures.."
As ReadingRockets.org suggests in One, Two, Buckle My Shoe: Math and Literacy for Preschoolers: "Math is all around, even for our youngest learners. By providing a home rich in language and where thinking is encouraged, you can help your preschooler develop important numeracy and literacy skills."
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