This Easter craft was incredibly easy to make. You could make a whole bunch in an evening or have fun just making one and filling it with treats for someone special. If you want to make it even easier you can use sticky back felt , although good quality double stick tape worked great for our chick.
- Gather your materials. You will need a party treat box ( we found ours at a big box store in their party section), some Easter grass, googley eyes, yellow felt , orange felt, scissors and permanent double stick tape.
- Cut a beak and 2 feet out of the felt.
- Tape them on.
- Tape the eyes on
- Put double stick tape along the inner edges of the treat box.
- Press Easter grass onto it.
Books About Chicks
Lulu the Big Little Chick by Paulette Bogan is an old familiar tale about a little chick who is frustrated about being too little to do anything so instead she decides to go far far away. When I started reading this to my presently obsessed with superheros son he didn’t want to read it unless the chick had super powers. I convinced him to read it with me to find out and it took all of one page before he was hooked. He was so worried about how far the little chick would go and why would she want to go in the first place?! The cartoon like illustrations were a perfect compliment and fresh addition to a familiar tale.
This Little Chick by John Lawrence is just about the perfect board book for my daughter right now, she didn’t even try to eat it! The rhymes are melodic the text full of animal sounds is spot on for our littlest readers . My son and I had fun reading this old favorite to my daughter for the first time. The illustrations are fantastic with lots of contrast and is the perfect length for a quick snuggle and read for wiggly babies who are eager to move.
Wee Little Chick by Lauren Thompson is a sweet almost saccharine book about a little chick that may be small but is just as capable as everyone else. Honestly I was sorta luke warm to the story. When I sat down to write about it I had to grab the book to remember what I wanted to say, which is normally a big clue that it is not too memorable. What I didn’t forget was how much I loved the illustrations by John Butler. Soft , gentle, feathery illustrations of farm animals that are full of realistic detail. We all loved the illustrations. SO while there was nothing wrong or off putting about the text it didn’t leave a lasting impression but the illustrations are what make this book stand out.
Hand Print Hen !
We love The Big Red Barn, it calms me to read it before my son’s nap or bedtime and the more I read it the more I love it. So I wanted to do some sort of farm animal craft to go along with it. This is what we came up with. I love crafts that use personal touches like pictures and hand prints, and so do kids. They enjoy seeing how their hand prints turn into feathers and the crown on this chicken.
- Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard or heavy paper, some markers, 2 sheets white paper, red and orange construction paper, one googly eye, scissors and glue.
- Start by drawing the outline of a chicken .
- Trace your child’s hand on the orange paper- just once, one time is hard enough!
- Have your child color the outline however they please.
- While they color the chicken layer the white and red paper under the hand tracing .
- Cut out. You should have one red, 1-2 orange and 4 white.
- Hand your child the glue and explain that the white and orange hand prints are the chicken’s feathers. Add the glue.
- Add the “feathers”
- While they do that cut a beak and some legs and feet out from the extra orange paper.
- Add your eye
- Add your beak
- Add the glue for the crown.
- Add the red hand print for the crown.
- Add your legs and let dry.
“Big Red Barn” by Margaret Wise Brown is the inspiration for this craft, and an increasingly one of my very favorite books. The story is simple readers see a day in the life of a big red barn and all the animals inside. Each animal is introduced in the seamless text that reads like a melodic poem. It’s calm , soothing and Felicia Bond’s illustrations are perfect, I love how the sky subtly changes as the night beckons. A wonderful book for anytime, but especially poignant before bed.
“One Little Chicken : A Counting Book” by David Elliot was a great library find. You count chickens as they dance all different styles, my favorite being the chickens who dance the hula ! The rhyming text is really fun and the pictures will make you giggle, I mean there are chickens in leotards doing ballet! Totally tickled my funny bone. The best part though is that it gets the reader involved after counting to ten, the chickens turn the tables stare at the reader and implore them to dance! One of my new favorite counting books.
“Silly Chicken” by Ruskhsana Khan is an interesting book about so much more than a chicken. It’s a tale of jealousy and love, and how neither are silly at all. In the story a little girl is jealous of her mother’s attachment to a chicken but things shift when it disappears. I think this book can open up dialogue between parents and kids about saying things you don’t mean , and how they would feel if what they said really did come true. My son read the book with me but the depth of the book was too complex for him. He still enjoyed the surprise ending and book overall either way.