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Chicken Craft or Little Red Hen Craft
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Alphabet >
* Letter C >
Consonant Digraph Ch Chick | Chicken

* Letter H > H is for Hen

Animals > Birds > Farm > Chick, Chicken, or Hen theme

Books > Folk Tales >
The Little Red Hen Activities

Colors >  Red & Yellow

Holidays and Events >
*January 5th > National Bird day
*March or April > Easter
*May 4th > Bird Day
*Spring
*Sept. >
National Chicken Month


Number | Math Activities > Counting, Sizing, Sorting

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


Ages 2.5 + to 6 
Activities:  Chicken Craft or Hen Craft
The chicken or hen is a animal to introduce for various themes listed in the theme column.  Visit the chick | chicken | hen section, farm animals 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 chicken or a hen 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 Chicken or Hen Craft Ages 2.5+ Greeting Card Option below

Tell the children they are going to have fun with activities related to the chicken or hen 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:

Option 1
:   Print craft color template, cut out, conduct learning activities below and assemble.  
Option 2:  Print black and white template.  See greeting card option below. Children can color, paint or decorate first,  cut out and proceed as above. 
Option 3:  For Large Groups 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. View greeting card option below.

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 other learning activities.

Alphabet Activities:  Choice of Consonant Digraph Ch (Chicken) or Letter H is for Hen printable activities

1.  With these craft you have a choice to introduce or review consonant digraph Ch Chicks | Chicken or alphabet letter H Hen.

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

Literature - Folk Tale: The Little Red Hen
This craft is suitable to include with the activities of the folk tale The Little Red Hen

Online Jigsaw Puzzles:  
Chicken
| Chicks | Rooster

Visit these six-piece online jigsaw puzzles to practice problem solving.  Change number of pieces clicking on the SHAPES button on the left.

Chicken Craft or Hen Craft


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

Craft Templates
Color Template

Black & White Template

Other Materials:

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

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