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Scottish Sheep

During the 18th and 19th centuries, Scottish sheep became the center of a huge cultural change in Scotland. The Highland Clearances was a time when a large number of Scottish tenant farmers were forced from their homes and land by aristocratic landowners who wanted to use large sections of cleared land to raise sheep in order to improve the economy. Many of the evicted families moved to small areas of poor farming land in the Lowlands, relocated to coastal areas where they had to learn fishing as a new trade, or were transported onto emigration ships bound for North America or Australia. Homes were burned to the ground to create sheep tracks and to prevent the families from coming back to live in them.


How to make adorable Scottish sheep puppets inspired by Scotland

Create your very own Scottish sheep puppet! You can make a whole flock of them and put on a puppet show set in the Scottish Highlands. Enjoy crafting!

sheep puppet

Time Needed: 45 minutes

estimated cost USA 5


1. White cotton balls or pom-poms
2. Black and white construction paper
3. Googly eyes
4. Popsicle sticks
5. Glue
6. Scissors
7. Markers or crayons

Steps to configure the How-to module:

1. Prepare the Sheep's Body

Take a cotton ball or pom-pom and glue it to the center of a piece of black construction paper. This will be the sheep's body.

2. Add the Face

Glue two googly eyes onto the cotton ball. Then, cut out a small oval shape from the black construction paper for the nose and glue it below the eyes. Draw a smiling mouth with a marker.

3. Create the Ears

Cut out two small ear shapes from the white construction paper and glue them to the top of the cotton ball.

4. Make the Legs

Cut four thin strips of black construction paper for the legs. Glue two strips on each side of the cotton ball to make the sheep's legs.

5. Attach the Puppet Stick

Glue a popsicle stick to the bottom of the black construction paper. This will serve as the handle for your puppet.

6. Optional Extras

If you want to add some extra flair to your sheep puppet, you can cut out a tiny tartan scarf from colorful construction paper and glue it around the sheep's neck. You can also draw some grass or flowers on the black paper to create a Scottish countryside scene.

7. Let it Dry

Allow your sheep puppet to dry completely before playing with it.

From Sheep to Sweater: Start to Finish

by: Robin Nelson 
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Sheep Related Expressions


A way to help a person go to sleep. The image of counting sheep jumping over a wall was first mentioned in Seba Smith’s 1854 book "Way Down East or Portraitures of Yankee Life".

Something done very quickly. is phrase was used with ease in the early 1800’s to refer to a small measure of time.

Often used to describe spring weather: Blustery and stormy March/April that gives way to a calmer April/May.

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