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Chick Craft or Bird Craft | Learn Shapes
Spring | Easter | Farm Theme
Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities

Themes

Activities

Materials


Alphabet
Consonant Digraph Ch Chicks, Chicken

Animals > Farm > Chick, Chicken

Colors >  Yellow or any color the craft is made

Crafts > Chick or Generic Bird Craft

Holidays and Events >
* January 5th > National Bird day
* March or April > Easter
* Spring
* May 4th > Bird Day
*September >
National Chicken Month
*October >
World Farm Animals Day

Number/Math Activities:  Counting, Sizing, Sorting

Seasons >
Spring
Autumn

Shapes > oval (egg shape), star, triangle & heart


Ages 2.5 + to 6 

The chick is a fun baby animal to introduce for various themes listed in the theme column.  Visit the chick, chicken section or bird section for various related learning activities that tie in with the craft activities below.

The children will have fun making an easy and fun craft of a chick or a generic bird entirely assembled with basic shapes and during the process many skills can be addressed.   The main body and head are an egg shape (a sort of oval).  This emphasizes that birds hatch from eggs and invites discussion about the spring season and/or Easter festivities.  Many other printable support materials and links to related activities are provided.    Let's get started.

Activity 1:  Easy Shapes Chick Craft (or generic bird) Ages 2.5+ Greeting Card Option below

Tell the children they are going to have fun with activities related to a chick and learn about birds.  

Review your options for printing the craft that best meet your needs.  Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested below:

Printing and assembly options for the craft:
Note: 
See greeting card option below.
Option 1
:   Print craft color template, cut out, conduct learning activities below and assemble.  
Option 2:  Print black and white template.   Children can color, paint or decorate first, cut out and proceed as above. 
Option 3:  For large groups and/or to recycle left over materials.
Print black & white template on card stock and use as a master template.  Trace the patterns directly on construction paper, left-over paper such as wrapping paper or wallpaper, fun foam, to obtain pieces needed in coordinating colors. 

Other decorations and ideas for the craft option:

1. Greeting Card Option
- Follow this diagram to create a greeting card with the egg template first.  Proceed to assemble the rest of the pieces with the folded egg card.

1.  Use wiggly eyes over the printed eyes.
2.  Tape a ribbon, string or a piece of magnet to back of head to use as decoration or ornament.  
3.  Glue a few craft feathers to the wings to emphasize that only birds have feathers.
4.  Puppet:  Glue or tape a craft stick for an instant puppet. 

Learning Activities to conduct before craft assembly:
Choose those activities you feel are appropriate on the ages of children.

Shapes & Colors Activity:

1.  Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the template if using the color template.  Ask the children to identify the colors they've used to color/decorate the template.

Numbers/Pre-Math Activities:
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.

1. Sorting & Sizing:  Have the children sort the shapes in groups and if applicable by size (smallest to largest)

2. Counting:  Count how many of each shape there are.  You may want to write numbers on the blank side to acquaint the children with printed numbers.  In this activity you may want to also count the eyes.  How many pieces are in total to assemble the craft.

Proceed with craft assembly.  Show the small image provided in the template to help the children see how the finished craft looks and to aid them in positioning the pieces.  After completing the craft the children can hold their finished craft while conducting some of the activities below.

Alphabet Activities > Consonant Digraph Ch Chick | Chicken
Introduce or review consonant digraph Ch with this lesson plan.  

Learn about Birds > Chicken
Visit this lesson plan for information and resources to present the basics about chickens: eggs, hatching and more.


Chick Craft or Generic Bird Craft


Available in colors (featured)  and coloring page format
templates below

Craft Templates
*Color
(Yellow & Gold)

*Black & White

Other materials:

*Glue or glue stick
*any paper or card stock
materials to color with
*scissors

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