- Let your children brush glue across the bottom part of a piece of construction paper.
- While the glue is still wet, have them sprinkle on cornmeal and shake off the excess. Or let them press on Easter grass.
- Then give them chick shapes cut from yellow paper or felt to glue onto the top part of their papers.
- To complete, have them use markers to add legs, eyes and other details.
You will need large chick shapes cut from yellow construction paper for this activity.
- Give each child a chick cutout, some glue and some small yellow feathers.
- Have the children brush glue across their chick papers.
- Then have them place yellow feathers all over the glued area.
CHICK STICK PUPPETS
You will need small craft sticks and some large yellow poms for this activity.
- Give each child a craft stick, some glue and a large yellow pom.
- Have the children spread a small amount of glue on the top end of their craft stick.
- Then have them stick the yellow pom onto the glue and press down to set.
- Use a thin black marker to make eyes and beaks on each child’s pom to create baby chicks.
CHICKS IN EGGS
- Set out yellow cotton balls (or lightly brush white cotton balls with a yellow marker to give them a yellow tint).
- Invite your children to turn the cotton balls into chicks by gluing on eyes and beaks cut from colored paper.
- Then let them glue their chicks into egg cups cut from an egg carton.
CHICKS IN THE BARNYARD
- Cut five or more chick shapes out of yellow felt.
- Make a large yarn circle on a felt board or carpet square for a “barnyard”.
- Then tell stories about the chicks that involve adding and subtracting, and let your children “illustrate” them by putting the chicks into the barnyard and taking them out.
- For instance: “Five Chicks were eating corn in the barnyard”. (Child put five chicks in the circle)
“Then two chicks ran away.” (Child removes two chicks from the circle) How many chicks are left in the barnyard. (Child counts the remaining chicks in the circle.)
- Continue with other math stories, letting other children help you move the felt chicks on the board.
MATCHING CHICKS AND EGGS
You will need four plastic eggs in four different colors and four poms of corresponding colors.
- Set out the eggs and the poms.
- Open the eggs.
- Let your children take turns placing the pom “chicks” in the matching colored eggs.
WHERE’S THE CHICK
- Find three identical plastic eggs and line them up on a table.
- Invite your children to observe as you put a yellow pom or cotton ball “chick” into one of the eggs.
- Slowly move the three eggs around.
- Then ask the children to try to guess which egg holds the chick.
- Open the eggs so that they can test their answer.
- Continue as long as interest lasts.
You will need for small index cards for this activity.
- Draw one of the stages of a chick hatching on each card. 1) An egg on a nest. 2) A cracked egg on a nest. 3) Chick coming out of a cracked egg. 4) A chick totally out of the egg.
- Mix up the cards and give them to a child.
- Have the child place the cards down in the order of what happens first, etc.
- Talk with your children about how chicks are born from eggs.
- When it is time for the chicks to hatch, the chicks use their beaks to peck at their eggshells until the shells break open.
- Ask the children to imagine that they are chicks in eggs, ready to be born.
- Invite them to act out breaking through their shells.
- Then encourage them to hop around and explore their brand-new world.
- Encourage your children to use their chick stick puppets when you sing songs, recite chick rhymes or read stories about baby chicks.
- They can also use their puppets to act out their own short chick stories.
- Deviled Eggs
- Egg Salad on Toast Squares
- Corn bread (chicks eat corn meal)
TEN LITTLE CHICKS
Five eggs and five eggs, (Hold up ten fingers)
That makes ten.
Sitting on top is the mother hen. (Cover one hand with the other.)
Crack, crack, crack, (Clap three times)
What do I see?
Ten little chicks,
As cute as can be! (Hold up ten fingers.)
I’M A LITTLE CHICK
Tune: “I’m A Little Teapot”
I’m a little chick, yellow and soft.
I was born, in a hayloft.
I play all day and I cheep, cheep, cheep.
Then back to the barn, where I sleep, sleep, sleep.
LITTLE CHICK WAITS
Little chick waits in his egg of white,
Curled up cozy, oh so tight.
Then he taps out a hole with his beak, beak, beak
And pops from his shell, with a “cheep, cheep, cheep”!
Have your children act out the rhyme.