Handprints Rooster - Chicken or Hen Craft
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

Activities Materials

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 children.

The craft is suitable to enhance related topics listed in the themes column, children's literature and holidays listed in the activities column.

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 6+.

The crest and wattle are created with two handprint cut-outs, colored-in or painted handprints.

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 choice.
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 assembly. 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.

  1. Demonstrate how to position each handprint under the head circle or plate.
  2. 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.
  3. Beak:  Position and mark the position of each triangle with a pencil, paste the triangles.  The rooster should appear to "crow" with beak open.
  4. Paste eye template or draw an eye or trace using coins or other round object.

Activity: Alphabet Printable ActivitiesConsonant Digraph Ch Chicken or Letter R is for Rooster

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.

Handprint Rooster Craft
(Chicken or Hen)
Handprints Rooster - Chicken or Hen Craft Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities
Size 1

Size 2

Black & White
Size 1

Size 2

Alphabet printable activities

Alphabet Letter R Rooster Printable Activities
Letter R is for Rooster

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

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