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September 17, 2011

Life Cycle of a Chicken

My preschooler and I are having fun learning about birds this week. We started by reading some books about birds and we made this "Life Cycle of a Chicken" craft. I saw the idea in The Mailbox Magazine a while back and I just love how it turned out. Find a list of the books we read to go along with this activity at the bottom of this post.

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Supplies you will need:
1. Start by cutting an egg shape out of a piece of poster board. Then I printed out a little rectangle label from the computer that said, "Life Cycle of a Chicken" and we glued it to the center. You can also just write Life Cycle of a Chicken with your black marker in the center of the poster.

2. At the top of the egg we talked about how chickens start out as an egg. Then we made a little nest by putting glue all over and adding shredded pieces of brown paper.

3. After the nest was complete, I cut a small oval shape out of paper and my son glued it into the nest. If preschoolers are able to cut themselves, have them do the cutting.

4. Then we discussed how the Mommy Chicken sits on her eggs to keep them at the right temperature, while the birds grow inside the egg. When they are all grown they begin to hatch out of the egg. I cut a larger egg out of paper and my son glued it to the poster board. Then he drew a jagged edge circle on the egg to represent the egg hatching. My son colored the inside yellow and he added googly eyes to represent the chick inside.

5. To keep it simple, I also used another oval egg shape to make our baby chick. My son colored it yellow and glued it on the poster board. Then he added the googly eyes, and a small orange diamond, folded in half for the beak.  My son colored on the feet with a marker and I added the wings with a black marker. As an alternative you could also make a handprint chick with yellow paint.

6. Next, we made the grown chicken. I covered my son's hand with our red tempera paint and he placed his hand on the poster board to make a handprint. After the paint was completely dry, my son glued on a googly eye and drew on the feet, beak and waddle. I added the outline of the wing with black marker.

7. To complete our chart, I simply drew arrows between each stage to show that it is an endless cycle and we talked about each stage one more time. It was such a fun project!

Here are some books we read before making this project:

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Kristy said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE IT!!!!!!!

Dianne said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fun craft, and that handprint chicken is adorable!

artsy_momma said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it! You could have even done a handprint chick like this one

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

That is so very cute! I love it! (Though I couldn't resist thinking there should have been a fifth stage, representing chicken soup or fried chicken, lol.)

We got baby chicks this year, and they have just started laying eggs! No roosters, so no more chicks on the way, just lots of eggs eggs eggs!

Cheryl said... Best Blogger Tips

Stumbled upon your blog. Love it! We have much in common. Will be telling my friends.

Esther said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Love it! All the stages of the life cycle are adorable! Love the cracking egg!

You are so creative and the end result of the crafts are so beautiful

Big D and Me said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute - hey, how about you get a few chicks at your house so you can really learn about birds (he he). Something about which birds live in your area would be fun too

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

This is just fun and so educational too. :) Pinning!

rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! This looks great... came to you via Paint On The Ceiling. Now following! :)

Aimee from Classified: Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

That is so adorable- the life stages of a chick? I have to say that I have never come across a craft like this! Great work and Thank you for sharing this on The Sunday Showcase.

Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

This is adorable, I would have loved this when I hatched chicks with my 1st graders! Now Emily and Juliette will get to make it :0)

maggy, red ted art said... Best Blogger Tips

ADORABLE craft! Love love love it! Every stage of it!

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Little Wonders' Days said... Best Blogger Tips

This is such a cute project! I love it and will have to try it with my kids one day soon.

SnoopyGirl said... Best Blogger Tips

Simply precious!

Maro's kindergarten said... Best Blogger Tips

Great craft!!!!

Linda McCardle said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so glad I found your site. You have wonderful ideas.
A Teachers Touch

Kristin Young said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE your blog. I'm a new follower and am super pumped to use your ideas in my kindergarten class. Especially this little chick life cycle...totally goes along with my chick hatching journal and other activities I posted. Thank you!

Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

Storytime Fun said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi! I found your blog post while looking for baby chick ideas for a storytime at my library. I love your craft! Wish I had time to do this at my weekly storytime ~ ah well, maybe at my 2 hr program in the summer...

I have a Blog Hop on my blog right now that is all about eggs and chicks. I would like to invite you to link your post to my Eggs and Chicks ABC’S Blog Hop. The ABC’S stands for Activities, Books, Crafts, and Snacks which are all things I share on my site for parents of young children. I think your post would fit right in with several areas, don’t you?

Here is the link to my blog hop post:

I hope you will stop by to visit and link up with us!
K @ Storytime Fun

JDaniel4's Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

This is adorable! I would for you to link it to Read.Explore.Learn on Friday!

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this craft! I'm featuring it today on my Sharing Saturday post--all about Birds!

MommyHood said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm going to do this with my daughter tomorrow we've talked about the life cycle of chickens while reading books about chicks. I wish I had found this craft at the time but it still works out nicely because we are actually going to an agriculture center in 2 days where there will be chicks. So excited !

graciegirl said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea...pinning it and using it with my homeschooled kids. Thanks a bunch!

Aarthy Sivakumar said... Best Blogger Tips

My daughter and myself enjoyed doing this project