Activity 1: Chicken, Hen or Rooster Craft - ovals (egg
shape) and handprints
Here is a very simple craft to help introduce the chicken, hen (female
chicken) or rooster (male
chicken).The templates in the craft (except the
handprints) are an EGG shape, make sure to discuss birds
> chicken hatch from eggs.
The chicken or rooster craft templates can be assembled in various ways,
and the process can
be made more challenging and creative depending on the ages of the
The is suitable to enhance related themes, holidays and events listed
in the themes column and children's literature.
The crest (red-handprint) and neck feathers are created with 3 cut-outs, colored-in or painted
Printing options for the craft:
Prepare ahead of time: Trace and assist to cut out three handprints for young children: one red, two white or other color. Older children should be encouraged to do
most of the craft with very little assistance.
Save small image of craft in the template to aid in the assembly process or show a
finished craft to large groups.
Option 1: Print color or black & white templates and color, trace and cut out handprints. Proceed to assembly instructions below.
Option 2: Print black and white templates.
Trace templates over construction paper, foam sheets or other
left over materials
you may want to recycle. Trace and cut out handprints.
Assembly instructions: At this point all materials should be decorated/colored and ready for
Shapes and colors > Make sure to discuss and identify
shapes (ovals) and colors during the assembly process.
- Demonstrate how to position each handprint over the head and
under the head to create feathers for the neck.
- Help children to trace a line with a pencil along the edge
of the handprint 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.
eyes and waddle > mark the position of the eyes, beak and waddle with a pencil. Apply
glue and paste. Replace eye template with plastic wiggly eyes.
Activity: Alphabet Lesson Plan Activities >
Review materials in the materials column for Digraph Ch, letter H and
about Birds > Chicken >
Visit this lesson plan for information and resources to present the
basics about chickens: eggs, hatching and more.
Activity: Books and literacy > Include a book or online story in the chicken
Activity: Online Jigsaw Puzzles:Rooster
Visit these six-piece online jigsaw puzzles to develop the
skill of problem solving. Change/increase number of pieces clicking on the Change Cut button
on the left.
Chicken | Hen | Rooster
Black & White
Alphabet lesson plan
Standard block Format
Chicks | Chicken
H is for Hen
R is for Rooster
* glue stick
* paper or construction paper
*May substitute oval template with 6" inch small paper plate