These are two crafts in two size versions that can help introduce the chicken, chick or hen. The smaller version is easier for younger
children and can be used for the same purpose or to help
children learn a baby animal name: chick. A
set of large and small version can be made to make a family. It can be assembled in various ways and the process can
be made more challenging and creative depending on the age of the
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 to stand up.
The pieces can also be traced onto thin paper plates as
These crafts are suitable to enhance related themes in and
children's literature: a bird
theme or holidays and events listed in the themes column.
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 feathers are created by doing handprint cut-outs or painted
handprints that are later cut-out. Other options for the
feathers are: craft feathers, or cut elongated ovals in
different sizes of decorative paper and or tissue paper (recycle).
Printing Options for all versions:
Ahead of time > Trace or paint and cut out 2 handprints for small
plate. Trace or paint and cut out out 4 handprints for
- Option 1: Print color templates and
proceed to assembly instructions below.
- Option 2: Print black & white templates, color/paint, and
proceed to assembly instructions below.
- Option 3: large version only > Use a thin paper plate instead of color template #1. Paint/decorate the back of the paper plate in the color
desired, wait until plate is dry and proceed with assembly as
- Option 4: large version only - Print B/W templates to cordinating color paper
* Print black & white template 1 to
color construction paper or craft paper.
* Print black & white template 2 (b/w) to yellow paper or white
paper and color. these pieces separately.
- Option 5: Small version only with small 8" paper plate
* Paint the back of paper plate in desired color.
* Print template for paper plate version onto a complementary
color or print onto white paper and color these pieces
Children can color and decorate all other templates and pieces
proceed with assembly described below.
Assembly instructions > All template pieces and or paper plate should colored in or painted and hand prints are ready.
- Fold body template 1 (body) or paper plate in half, color
is showing on both sides.
- Feet and body assembly: Adult
will have to do most of this part of the assembly - a stapler is
-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 template 1 (body) or
folded paper plate and staple at least twice in place
-- refer to the illustration for positioning. Note: glue will
not hold the pieces in place.
-Turn and fold the feet upward on both sides to stand.
- While adult is completing step 2 of assembly, children can
glue the beak, comb (crest) on the head template. Note: Fold beak along the center line and place glue where indicated -- the beak
will open and close. To make a chick glue only the
- Glue assembled head with beak to right or left corner of body
template (this will depend in which direction the feet were positioned
- Handprints (for feathered tail)
Small Version: Glue one hand on each side of the body
template. This step is important because one handprint (feather)
on each side will create balance so the finished craft can
stand. Add equal amount of craft feathers on each side to
also maintain balance. Bend the fingers on the handprints,
slightly one way and the other to make the craft more realistic and
stable. If gluing other alternatives - elongated ovals for
example, glue same amount on both sides to maintain balance.
Large Version: Same procedure as above except you may
glue more handprints to fill up as the illustration shows - not to
exceed 4 handprints on each side or it will be too heavy and not
Other ideas for decorating:
Older children 4.5, 5 and 6 need more challenge to make the process
more interesting and explore other art techniques or simply set up
various materials and different brushes, sponge rollers, etc. and
allow them to discover ways to paint and decorate.
- Mosaic: fill the entire body with different colors &
shapes of tissue paper and cut out excess.
- Use a sponge roller and mix shades and roll paint.
- Sponge paint or use a dropper.
- Glue yarn to half of toilet paper tube in different designs,
roll the tube over a thin layer of paints and roll over the template
- really neat designs will be achieved. Messy?
- Explore with stripes and color mixing.
Alphabet > Consonant
Digraph Ch is for Chicken or Chick or H
is for Hen
Animals > Learn about
This lesson plan includes basic animal and nutrition information about
eggs, hatching, and chickens.
Books | Literacy | Folk tale > The
Little Red Hen (Folk Tale) >
Visit this activity to include the Chicken/Hen Craft, book
suggestions, crafts, online story resources and more.
Red Hen Theme
Black & White 1
or Chick [no crest]
Alphabet printable activities
Black & White
Template for small paper plate version
Black & White
Available in D'Nealian &
Chick | Chicken
H is for Hen