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- paper or card stock
- coloring tools for black & white templates
- Instead of template 1 (body): thin paper plate painted or leave white (small or large)
- Instead of handprints: craft or paper feathers, dry or paper leaves, elongated oval cut-outs, etc.
The crafts can stand-up so they make great decorations and dramatic play toys. It is important that the craft be printed on heavy duty construction paper or card stock in order for it to stand up. The pieces can also be traced onto thin paper plates as well.
Both crafts can be made by replacing template 1 (body) for a standard thin (10" to 8") paper plate and the small version can be assembled by using a 6"-5" small thin paper plate.
The "feathered tail" is created by doing handprint cut-outs or painted handprints that are later cut-out. Other options are listed in the materials list.
Craft instructions and learning activities:
- Learning activities to conduct before craft assembly:
- Shapes & Colors Activity: Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the template.
- Numbers/Pre-Math Activities: Templates should be decorated and cut out. Count the templates.
Write numbers in the back in the order of assembly.
- Craft assembly:
Adult: steps 1 through 4, and a stapler is required.
- Print and cut out the templates of choice, and if choosing the paper plate option have children paint them ahead of time.
- Decide and prepare materials for the feathered tail: handprints or an alternative.
- Fold body template 1 (body) or paper plate in half, color is showing on both sides.
- Feet and body assembly:
- Fold the feet template on the center dotted line so color is showing on both sides.
- Insert the folded feet template on the center round portion up to the dotted line of (body) or folded paper plate and staple at least twice in place -- refer to the illustration for positioning.
Last step - Turn and fold the feet upward on both sides to stand once children have completed the rest of the steps.
- Children can glue the folded beak, combs (crest) on the head template. To make a chick glue only the beak.
- Glue assembled head with beak to right or left corner of body template (this will depend in which direction the feet were positioned and stapled.
- Feathered tail - Handprints or alternative:
Small and Large Version: Glue an equal number of "feathers" on each side of the body template. This step is important because it will create balance so the craft can stand. Adult: Bend the "feathers" slightly one way and the other to make the craft more realistic and stable.
- Close template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero (minimum) if you have trouble fitting the template on one page or review Print Help.
- Activity: Learn about
Birds > Chicken
Visit this lesson plan for information and resources to present the basics about eggs, hatching, and nutrition.
- Activity - Alphabet: With this craft you can introduce or review letter R rooster activities: