An Old Wives’ Tale says that counting sheep will help you sleep.
Materials Needed: A willing child, 5 to 10 sheep. (Make with cotton balls, wiggly eyes, glue, and a paper plate.)
Directions: Let the children glue cotton balls all over the plate. Make a small face and glue the wiggly eyes and draw a mouth.
Instructions: Have the children take turns being the sleeper in the middle. The sleeper will close his/her eyes until a timer goes off. (10 seconds works well) Then the sleeper will wake up, which stops the game. If the sleeper hears or senses someone near him/her he can pop up and catch them in the act.
Each child will have a sheep. While the sleeper pretends to sleep let each child bring up a sheep and lay it by the sleeper without getting caught.
Have the children count together the number of sheep they were able to put down before the sleeper awakes.