Handprints Rooster Craft
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Ages 2.5 and older
Here is a very simple craft to help introduce the rooster (male chicken). It can also represent a chicken.
The rooster 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 rooster 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 Options for the Rooster Craft:
Little hands> Print template SIZE 1 - toddlers, preschool to age 5
Growing hands > Ages 6+ Print template SIZE 2
Prepare ahead of time:
* Trace and help to cut out 2 handprints for each child 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 and proceed to assembly instructions below
Option 2: Print black & white templates and proceed to assembly instructions below
Option 3: Print black and white templates. Trace templates over construction paper or other materials you may want to recycle.
Option 4: Older children - First Grade - grade 1 ages 6+ and over.
No printable templates necessary.
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 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 the template with pencil. 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 4: Distribute a 6" desert paper plate or ahead of time trace a 6" inch circle template.
* Children will assemble the craft independently with minimum assistance following the suggested assembly method below.
Children can color and decorate all template pieces, then proceed with assembly described below.
Assembly Instructions Suggested:
*At this point all materials should be decorated and ready for assembly.
Have children look at the small image of the rooster 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: Children can first
position and mark the position of each triangle and apply glue, then
paste the triangles. The rooster should appear to
"crow" with beak open.
* glue stick
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