This is one of my favorite crafts that I have done all year! Multiple paper plates, a chicken, googly eyes and it even rocks back and forth and looks like it is pecking feed! Win, win, win!
Here’s what you need:
- Paper plate
- Triangular paper plate pieces saved from “Butterfly” craft
- Red construction paper
- Yellow construction paper
- Googly eyes (self adhesive ones or use glue)
- Stapler / Staples
For the prep work, you will need to pre-cut the red construction paper to look sort of like a chubby trident. See the picture for reference. This red piece will be the chicken’s head crest of feathers and the gobble thingy. Cut the yellow construction paper into a beak shape. Next, cut three ridges on the ribbed end of the triangular plate piece. You want it to look like feathers. Last, fold the paper plate in half. On both sides of the folded crease, cut a 2-3 inch slit. This will hold everything in place.
This craft is mainly an assembling craft for the kids, but the end product gets quite a rise out of the wee ones! First, you fold the paper plate in half making sure that you cut slits are along the top folded line. Next, take the red trident shape piece and slide it into the front slit. You want the forked end up and the blunt end sticking out of the bottom. Line it up so that it looks like feathers on top of the head, and a gobble coming out of the bottom. Next, slide the yellow beak between the two sides on the front of the plate on top of the red piece. Make sure that the beak isn’t poking out of the top of the plate. Once the beak is in place, staple through the red, yellow, and both sides of the front of the plate with a single staple. See the picture for reference. Next, slide the triangular tail into the back slit. You may not have to staple it in place if it is snug enough, otherwise use a single staple to hold the tail in place. Last, place a googly eye on either side of the chicken. Presto! Now give it a little tip and watch it rock and peck for feed. Too cute!
This craft goes great with:
- The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
- City Chicken by Arthur Dorros