Sheep Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Sheep are farm animals that are fascinating creatures! Learn about vocabulary terms to describe sheep, what they like to eat, and how things like their wool help humans in every day life!

Getting to Know Sheep

In the wintertime, do you like to cuddle up in your favorite sweater? Chances are, that sweater was made from wool and you can thank a sheep for keeping you warm! Sheep can be found in the wild, but most are farm animals that are raised for their wool, meat, or milk. They can be different colors, and their wool can have different textures.

Female sheep are called ewes, and males are called rams. Rams more often have horns, although there are some rams that are without horns, and there are some females that have horns! Young sheep are called lambs. Female sheep make a sound called a bleat, and this can help her keep track of her young. Sheep are covered with thick hair called wool.

This black ram has horns that curl around his head.
ram sheep with horns

Diet and Habitat

Sheep graze in fields and feed off of the grasses that grow naturally where they graze. However, in the winter time when grasses do not grow as easily, sheep are often fed hay or grains. Because sheep only eat plants, they are considered herbivores. The flat fields where they graze and live are often called pastures. Sheep can also live in mountain areas. Because of their thick wool coats, sheep can survive in colder climates.

Uses in Daily Life

Sheep are raised for many purposes. The most important reason farmers raise sheep is for their wool. This thick fiber coat is shaved off, or shorn, every year. It is used to make clothing, blankets, and other materials. Sheep can stay warm even on cold winter days thanks to their warm wool coat! Some sheep are grown for their meat, and some types of sheep can produce milk, which farmers use to make cheese and other dairy products.

Wool is used for knitting sweaters and blankets.
knitting wool and needles

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