Here is a very simple craft to help introduce the rooster (male
chicken). It can also represent a chicken or hen.
The craft templates are available in two sizes and can be assembled in various ways,
and the process can
be made more challenging and creative depending on the ages of the
The craft is suitable to enhance related topics listed in the
themes column, children's literature and holidays listed in the
The body circle template can be replaced by a circle the size of a
CD/DVD disc for little hands of toddlers and preschoolers or a standard small
paper plate (6 inches in diameter) for kindergarten and up - Ages
The crest and wattle are created with two handprint cut-outs, colored-in or painted
Printing pptions for the craft:
Little hands> Print template SIZE 1 |
Growing hands > Print template SIZE 2
Prepare ahead of time:
Trace and assist to cut out 2 handprints for children ages 5 and under. Children ages 6+ and older should be encouraged to do
most of the craft with very little assistance, read suggestions for
this age group below.
Option 1: Print color templates or black & white, cut out, save small image of finished craft, and
proceed to assembly instructions below
Option 2: Print black and white templates. Trace templates over construction paper or other materials
you may want to recycle.
Option 4: Older children - First
Grade - ages 6+ No printable templates necessary. Follow steps below:
Step 1: Crest and wattle - Distribute one red sheet of construction paper folded
in half. Instruct children to trace one hand, and cut-out to
obtain two handprints.
Step 2: Beak - Distribute a small folded piece of yellow paper.
Children will draw a triangle and cut out for the beak templates.
Step 4: Distribute a 6" desert paper plate or trace a
6" inch circle template.
Step 3: Eye - Distribute one large plastic eye (wiggly
eye) or have the children use a large
coin and smaller coin to draw an eye directly on circle (head) template with
pencil. after crest and wattle are pasted on the circle. Trace the large coin first, and trace small coin inside
the tracing of the large coin. (US
quarter and a US nickel are suitable or any other round objects). When
the children are satisfied with the eye drawing, they can trace again
with crayon or markers and fill the eye ball in the color of their
Step 5: Children will assemble the craft independently with minimum
assistance following the suggested assembly method below.
All black & white template versions: Children can color and decorate all template pieces, then
proceed with assembly described below.
Assembly instructions: At this point all materials should be decorated and ready for
Have children look at the small image of the craft in their template page or show a
finished craft to large groups.
Shapes and colors > Make sure to discuss and identify
shapes and colors during the assembly process. Refer to pieces
by shape and color.
- Demonstrate how to position each handprint under the head
circle or plate.
- Help children to trace a line with a pencil along the
circle's edge 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.
- Beak: Position and mark the position of each triangle with a pencil,
paste the triangles. The rooster should appear to
"crow" with beak open.
- Paste eye template or draw an eye or trace using coins or other round object.
Activity: Alphabet Printable Activities > Consonant
Digraph Ch Chicken or Letter
R is for Rooster
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 | 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 or Hen)
Black & White
R is for Rooster
Chick | Chicken
* glue stick
* paper or construction paper
*May substitute large circle template with 6" inch small paper plate