* Letter C >
Digraph Ch Chick | Chicken
* Letter H >
H is for Hen
Animals > Birds
Chicken, or Hen theme
Books > Folk
The Little Red
Red & Yellow
and Events >
5th > National Bird day
*March or April
*May 4th > Bird Day
National Chicken Month
Number | Math Activities > Counting, Sizing, Sorting
Shapes > oval
(egg shape), star, triangle & heart
Ages 2.5 + to 6
Chicken Craft or Hen Craft
The chicken or hen is a animal to introduce for various themes listed
in the theme column. Visit the chick
| chicken | hen section,
section for various related learning activities that tie in
with the craft activities below.
The children will have fun making an easy and fun craft of a chicken or
a hen entirely assembled with basic shapes and during the process many skills can be addressed.
The main body and head
are an egg shape
(a sort of oval). This emphasizes that birds hatch from eggs and
invites discussion about the spring season and/or Easter festivities.
Many other printable support materials and links to related
activities are provided. Let's get started.
Activity #1: Easy Shapes Chicken or Hen Craft Ages 2.5+ Greeting
Card Option below
Tell the children they are going to have fun with activities
related to the chicken or hen and learn about birds.
Review your options for printing the craft that best meet your needs.
Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested
Printing and assembly options for the craft:
Option 1: Print craft color template, cut out,
conduct learning activities below and
Option 2: Print black and white template. See
greeting card option below. Children can color, paint or decorate first, cut out and proceed
Option 3: For Large Groups or to recycle left over
Print black & white template on card stock and use as a master
template. Trace the patterns directly on construction paper,
left-over paper such as wrapping paper or wallpaper, fun foam, to obtain pieces needed in coordinating colors. View
greeting card option below.
Other decorations and ideas for the craft option:
1. Greeting Card Option - Follow this diagram to create a greeting
card with the egg template first. Proceed to assemble the rest
of the pieces with the folded egg card.
1. Use wiggly eyes over the printed eyes.
2. Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to back of head to use as decoration
3. Glue a few craft feathers to the wings to emphasize that only
birds have feathers.
4. Puppet: Glue or tape a craft stick for an instant puppet.
Learning Activities to conduct before craft
Choose those activities you feel are appropriate on the ages of children.
Shapes & Colors Activity:
1. Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the
template if using the color template. Ask the children to
identify the colors they've used to color/decorate the template.
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.
1. Sorting & Sizing: Have the children sort the
shapes in groups and if applicable by size (smallest to largest)
2. Counting: Count how many of each shape there
are. You may want to write numbers on the blank side to acquaint
the children with printed numbers. In this activity you may want
to also count the eyes. How many pieces are in total to assemble
Proceed with craft assembly. Show the small image
provided in the template to help the children see how the finished
craft looks and to aid them in positioning the pieces. After
completing the craft the children can hold their finished craft while
conducting other learning activities.
Choice of Consonant Digraph Ch (Chicken) or Letter H is for Hen
1. With these craft you have a choice to introduce or review
digraph Ch Chicks | Chicken or
letter H Hen.
Birds > Chicken
Visit this lesson plan for information and resources to present the
basics about eggs, hatching and chickens, and nutrition.
Literature - Folk Tale: The
Little Red Hen
This craft is suitable to include with the activities of the folk tale
The Little Red
Online Jigsaw Puzzles:
Chicken | Chicks
Visit these six-piece online jigsaw puzzles to practice problem
solving. Change number of pieces clicking on the SHAPES button
on the left.
Chicken Craft or Hen Craft
Available in colors (featured) and
coloring page format
& White Template
*Glue or glue stick
*any paper or card stock
materials to color with