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Consonant Digraph Ch Chicken
* Letter R
> R is for Rooster
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Ages 2.5 and older
Here is a very simple craft to help introduce the rooster (male
chicken). It can also represent a chicken.
The rooster craft templates are available in two sizes and can be assembled in various ways,
and the process can
be made more challenging and creative depending on the ages of the
The rooster craft is suitable to enhance related topics listed in the
themes column, children's literature and holidays listed in the
The body circle template can be replaced by a circle the size of a
CD/DVD disc for little hands of toddlers and preschoolers or a standard small
paper plate (6 inches in diameter) for Kindergarten and up - Ages
The crest and wattle are created with two handprint cut-outs, colored-in or painted
Printing Options for the Rooster Craft:
Little hands> Print template SIZE 1 - toddlers, preschool to age 5
Growing hands > Ages 6+ Print template SIZE 2
Prepare ahead of time:
* Trace and help to cut out 2 handprints for each
child ages 5 and under. Children ages 6+ and older should be encouraged to do
most of the craft with very little assistance, read suggestions for
this age group below.
Option 1: Print color templates and
proceed to assembly instructions below
Option 2: Print black & white templates and
proceed to assembly instructions below
Option 3: Print black and white templates.
Trace templates over construction paper or other materials
you may want to recycle.
Option 4: Older children - First
Grade - grade 1 ages 6+ and over.
No printable templates necessary.
* Step 1: Crest and wattle - Distribute one red sheet of construction paper folded
in half. Instruct children to trace one hand, and cut-out to
obtain two handprints.
* Step 2: Beak - Distribute a small folded piece of yellow paper.
Children will draw a triangle and cut out for the beak templates.
* Step 3: Eye - Distribute one large plastic eye (wiggly
eye) or have the children use a large
coin and smaller coin to draw an eye directly on the template with
pencil. Trace the large coin first, and trace small coin inside
the tracing of the large coin. (US
quarter and a US nickel are suitable or any other round objects). When
the children are satisfied with the eye drawing, they can trace again
with crayon or markers and fill the eye ball in the color of their
* Step 4: Distribute a 6" desert paper plate or ahead of time trace a
6" inch circle template.
* Children will assemble the craft independently with minimum
assistance following the suggested assembly method below.
* Children can color and decorate all template pieces, then
proceed with assembly described below.
Assembly Instructions Suggested:
*At this point all materials should be decorated and ready for
Have children look at the small image of the rooster craft in their template page or show a
finished craft to large groups.
Shapes and colors > Make sure to discuss and identify
shapes and colors during the assembly process. Refer to pieces
by shape and color.
1. Demonstrate how to position each handprint under the head
circle or plate.
2. Help children to trace a line with a pencil along the
circle's edge to mark the position of the handprints.
Children will remove the handprints, place glue below or above the
lined marked and reposition and paste the handprints.
3. Beak: Children can first
position and mark the position of each triangle and apply glue, then
paste the triangles. The rooster should appear to
"crow" with beak open.
3. Paste eye.
Alphabet Printable Activities > Consonant
Digraph Ch Chicken or Letter
R is for Rooster
* glue stick
* paper or construction paper
*May substitute large circle template with 6" inch small paper plate