Spring Chicks Craft

Save those toilet paper tubes! This is a great way to have your kiddos use their creativity and learn more about chicks. Feel free to start this activity with a book and then let their imaginations guide them through this interactive activity where they’ll create their very own bird!

Create your very own barnyard animal!

Allow your child some time on their own to create something fun while exploring different textures. This isn’t a very messy activity but glue tends to travel with kiddos so having them stay in one place is a good idea. Let your child place the eyes, beak and feathers on the tube however they believe a chick looks like. Once finished, they’ll be so excited to learn more about the animal that they just created!

✂️ How do I adapt this exercise for younger kiddos? For the glueing you may need to help with some hand over hand, but let them pick the placements of the feathers and tissues. 

📚 Books to explore: Little Chick by Amy Hest, Chicken in Space by Adam Lehrhaupt, and Chicken Big by Keith Graves.

Materials

For this Activity you will need:

  • Toilet paper rolls

  • Yellow feathers

  • Yellow tissue paper

  • Yellow paper

  • Orange paper

  • Googly eyes

  • Glue

Learning Outcomes

Domain

Cognition

Skills

Representation

Indicators:

Using a variety of materials to build with and express their ideas.

Instructions

Step 1:

Cut the yellow paper and tissue paper into small squares.

Step 2:

Cut the orange paper into small triangles.

Step 3:

Lay out some yellow feathers and the googly eyes.

Step 4:

Glue the items onto the toilet paper roll to create a chicken. Use the googly eyes as the eyes, orange triangles for the beak and feet, yellow squares for the body (exploring the 2 kinds of paper for different textures), and feathers for the wings.

Step 5:

Set the chick aside until it is fully dry.

Step 6:

Use the chick as a visual aid as you teach the child all about chickens!

🎓 Adjust depending on age and skill. Ask younger kiddos to show you where to glue each item, or have older kiddos glue their own pieces.

🧻 Out of toilet paper rolls? Cut a paper towel roll in half, or use a full roll to create a full chicken!

Playful Questions

  • What does a chick say? 

  • What color are chicks? 

  • What do chicks grow up to be? 

  • Where do chicks come from? 

  • Where does a chicken keep its eggs?