Monday, April 4, 2011

Paper Hatching Chicks

Toddler, Pre-K, K

This one I thought of myself--and I love how it came out! You cut the shapes and your toddler can do (almost) the rest. If you are working on cutting practice with your preschooler or kindergartner, draw the shapes and have them cut them out.

To make this craft you will need:
  • white heavy paper (or glue stick white paper to cardboard)
  • yellow construction paper
  • brass brad
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • stickers (optional)
  • crayons
  • hole punch
First cut out (or draw and have your older child cut out) an oval from your white paper. You can use construction paper, but it won't be as sturdy, so be aware it may come apart after a few fun games of "peek-a-boo."

Now, cut out (or draw) a chick head from your yellow construction paper. I just free handed basically a rectangle with a rounded end. You want it to be long, because some will be glued to the egg that won't be shown.

Have your child decorate the egg any way they want. We used stickers and crayons. Now let your child work on his or her chicken. I cut out pieces from construction paper, but they could color the face or however they want it.

While they are coloring the chick, cut a jagged line all the way across the top 1/3 of their finished egg. Punch a hole in the top left hand corner of the largest half of the egg, and the bottom left corner of the small piece of egg. You want to line these up and put the brad through it so it can open and close.

Glue stick your child's chick to the bottom of the egg and let it dry for a moment (if you get them to wait that long).

Now, play peek-a-boo with you new "peep-peep!"

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