Sheep are quintessential farm animals, even if they’re not as popular as mini goats or baby cows. We get it. Real sheep rarely stay fluffy and white like in the cartoons because, just like all other farm animals, these creatures like to roll around in the grass and dirt. But their wool is incredibly useful, their upkeep is relatively easy and cheap, and honestly, if you haven’t seen a baby sheep bouncing through the grass, you haven’t witnessed unadulterated joy. Sheep can even be funny! So, if you have a farm-lovin’ kid, it’s time you share with them the wonders of sheep — and we’re here to help with sheep coloring pages.
Wondering how you color white animals? Sure, you can go in the direction of reality and color them lighter brown, gray, black, or off-white (when else do you get to break out the white crayons?). Then again, you could implore your kiddos to use their imagination. Remember the CoComelon version of “Baa Baa Black Sheep”? The sheep gets into paint and berries and comes out a bunch of different colors. Or you could have your child get in touch with their creative side by asking them to fill in the background around these cute creatures.
Once your little one finishes coloring in these sheep friends, fret not! For future farmers, we have plenty more options. From chicken coloring pages to cow coloring pages, they can fill in a whole barnyard full of animals. And once they’re done? They can turn to the harvest and fill in bold tractor coloring pages, vibrant vegetable coloring pages, leafy green garden coloring pages, or lovely flower coloring pages. Coloring activities are just quiet, mindless activities, either. Coloring teaches your kiddo a ton of school readiness skills, so they’ll thrive in kindergarten and beyond.
Still stoked on sheep? We’ve thrown in some interesting sheep facts to go with these sheep coloring pages. Enjoy!
Free Printable Sheep Coloring Pages
Sheep Page No. 1
Goat-lovers might enjoy knowing that goats and sheep aren’t actually that different. You might even notice while staring into a sheep’s eyes that they have those same rectangular pupils. Their pupils help them see a wide range — nearly everything except what’s directly behind them. This adaptation helps keep them safe from predators. And, yeah, they’ll also eat anything.
Sheep Page No. 2
That barnyard smell? If it bothers you, just imagine how a sheep feels! They have excellent sniffers and even have scent glands in, get this, their feet. Oof. Imagine walking through the field and stepping in a cow pie now. It sounds pretty close to miserable if you ask us.
Sheep Page No. 3
Ever feel like everyone’s version of a sheep is different? That might just be because they are! And all versions are probably still “right.” As it turns out, there are more than 1000 sheep breeds scattered across the globe and living on most continents. (Except Antarctica, not surprisingly.)
Sheep Page No. 4
Most sheep breeds vary in four distinct ways:
- Horns or no horns
- The kind of horns they have
- The type of wool they have
- Their size
Like dogs and even humans, a sheep breed’s “fur” can come in many different textures. Some even grow long, silky-smooth hair.
Sheep Page No. 5
Sheep eat smart. To start, they know to eat a variety of food. Some of the vegetation they eat provides little actual calories but does help protect them from disease. They also have a split in their upper lips called a philtrum that allows them to separate the grass and greens they like from what they don’t want to eat. Kinda like when you push your gross peas to one side of the plate.
Sheep Page No. 6
She’s pretty, right? Believe it or not, sheep are quite social and have a great memory. They can meet other sheep, not see them again for years and still recognize them as friends when they see each other again. Pretty impressive, considering we just spent a year not even recognizing our own mothers when they wore face masks!
Sheep Page No. 7
They’re also what you call “emotionally intelligent” or even “empathetic.” Studies have proven that showing a sheep a picture of another sheep experiencing various emotions causes them to react in a coordinating way. They can recognize a calm sheep or a sheep in distress.
Sheep Page No. 8
You probably already know sheep wool is useful. Although you may not have known that, in 2004, a sheep named Shrek the Merino grew its wool for six years before it was cut off. The amount of wool collected was enough to make 20 men’s suits! In addition to wool, sheep produce lamb and mutton, or “sheep meat,” and milk that humans can drink, too. Yep! Just like we do with cows and goats, we can drink sheep’s milk.
Sheep Page No. 9
It might seem like North America has a ton of sheep, but it turns out we only scratch the surface of the sheep population. As a matter of fact, we import almost half our sheep from other countries. What a stinky flight! Globally, there are more than a billion sheep. In New Zealand alone, there are roughly 34 million sheep in the country. That averages out to about seven sheep for every human in New Zealand. So, if you’re looking to start a flock, that’s the place to go.
Sheep Page No. 10
Do your kids know about Dolly? No, not Dolly Parton! The sheep Dolly. She was made as a clone from an adult sheep waaaay back in 1996. She was named after the country singer, though. Dolly passed away when she was around seven years old, but it’s still a fun science lesson.
Sheep Page No. 11
This image stands apart from the rest because it’s a ram! Did you know they can grow to about six feet long and weigh more than 300 pounds? They’re basically around the same size as NFL players.
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