Handprints Rooster or Chicken craft
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

Activities Materials

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 children.

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 handprints.

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 assembly.

Shapes and colors > Make sure to discuss and identify shapes (ovals) and colors during the assembly process.

  1. Demonstrate how to position each handprint over the head and under the head to create feathers for the neck.
  2. 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.
  3. Beak, 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 R.

Activity: Learn 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 theme.
Activity: Online Jigsaw Puzzles:Rooster | Chicken | Chicks
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 Craft
Rooster Craft, Chicken Craft

Illustration only templates below
Craft Templates

Black & White

Alphabet lesson plan printable activities
D'Nealian and Standard block Format
Consonant Digraph Ch Chicks | Chicken Printable Activities
Digraph Ch Chicks | Chicken

Alphabet Letter H Hen Printable Activities
Letter H is for Hen

Alphabet Letter R Rooster Printable Activities
Letter R is for Rooster

* glue stick
* scissor
* paper or construction paper
*May substitute oval template with 6" inch small paper plate