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.
Cut out stars and attach them to a cut out of a moon. Each moon represents a night, ask the children to tell you how many stars come out each night.
You can also use the moons to practice the days of the week. Write the days of the week on the white board or chalk board.
Put a moon in each day of the week and ask the kids how many stars came out Monday night? Tuesday night? How many stars came out all week?