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September 17, 2011

Life Cycle of a Chicken

To start off our learning about Birds, Luke and I made a "Life Cycle of a Chicken" poster the other day. I saw the idea in The Mailbox Magazine a while back.


We started by reading some fun books about Birds. First, a DK Eye Wonder book called "Birds". I just found the Non-Fiction area in the library about Birds and grabbed a couple books that looked good.

"Five Little Chicks" by Nancy Tafuri. This is a short book, perfect just to show that the chicks hatch from eggs and what kinds of things they eat.

"The Perfect Nest" by Catherine Friend. Both my boys loved this story! It is super silly. I highly recommend it.

Then we set out to make our Life Cycle Poster. I started 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.

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



After the nest was complete, I cut out a small oval shape out of paper and Luke glued it into the nest. Luke had just had chips with his lunch and he left some fresh fingerprints on the egg. haha!


Then we discussed how the Mommy Chicken lays on her eggs to keep them the right temperature, while the birds grow inside the egg. Then when they are all grown they begin to hatch out of the egg.

I cut out a larger egg out of paper and Luke glued it to the poster board. Then he drew a jagged edge circle on the egg to represent the egg hatching. Luke colored the inside yellow and we added googly eyes to represent the chick inside.


To keep it simple, I also used another oval egg shape to make our baby chick. Luke 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.  Luke colored on the feet with a marker and I added the wings with a black marker.


Next, we made the grown chicken. I mentioned in an earlier post that I got an amazing Rainy Day Package from CraftProjectIdeas.com for free.  In the package came a 6-pk set of tempera paint. To make the grown chicken we used the red paint out of that package.


The best part of tempera paint is that it washes off so easily. I usually purchase acrylic paints but in this case we used a handprint for our grown chicken so using the washable tempera paint worked perfectly! I will definitely stock up on these paints for future use.


After Luke put his handprint on the poster board, we let it dry completely. Then Luke colored on feet and glued a wiggly eye on. I added the finishing touches with markers.

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. Such a fun project!


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22 comments:

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 http://designsbya.blogspot.com/2009/08/april-handprint-and-thumbprint-chicks.html

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.
Cheryl
www.cherylbastian.com
www.cherylbastian.blogspot.com

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 adorable...so 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!

Thank you for joining in at Kids Get Crafty!

Maggy

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.
Linda
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: http://librarystorytimeabcs.blogspot.com/2012/04/eggs-and-chicks-abcs-blog-hop.html

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!