Little Red Hen Craft | Chicken Craft
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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 children.

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 well.

These crafts are suitable to enhance related themes in and children's literature: a bird theme, farm 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 large plate.

  • 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 described below.
  • 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 separately.

    All Versions:

    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.

  1. Fold body template 1 (body) or paper plate in half, color is showing on both sides.
  2. Feet and body assembly: Adult will have to do most of this part of the assembly - a stapler is required.
    -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.
  3. 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 beak.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 stand.

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.

  1. Mosaic: fill the entire body with different colors & shapes of tissue paper and cut out excess.
  2. Use a sponge roller and mix shades and roll paint.
  3. Sponge paint or use a dropper.
  4. 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?
  5. Explore with stripes and color mixing.

Alphabet > Consonant Digraph Ch is for Chicken or Chick or H is for Hen

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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.

Little Red Hen Theme
Large Chicken/Hen
lettle red hen or large chicken stand up printable craft
Illustration only
Large version
Color 1 & 2

Black & White 1 & 2

Small Chicken/Hen or Chick [no crest]
small chicken hen or chick stand up craft
Illustration only
Small version

Black & White

Template for small paper plate version

Black & White

Alphabet printable activities
Available in D'Nealian & Standard block

Consonant Digraph Ch Chicks | Chicken Printable Activities
Digraph Ch Chick | Chicken

letter h hen printable activities
Letter H is for Hen