Paper Plate Easter Chicken

Mar 26, 2012

This craft is so simple that it needs very little explaining. The fun thing about using a paper plate as the chicken's body is that the bottom is rounded and therefore rocks when pushed to appear to be pecking. Kids love this :)

Spend time with them as they do this craft to help them experience bonding and emotional development as well as fine motor skills and cognitive development.

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Fold a paper plate in half and using whatever materials you have at home, have your child decorate it as a chicken by adding eyes, beak, wings and tail.

Some tips:

- My daughter wanted to colour the plate with crayon and we used googly eyes, coloured paper and a patty pan for the tail. You could cover the paper plate with feathers, paint, paper collage etc and add any embellishments you have available.

- Simplify this activity by helping your child with the folding and cutting. Provide them with some basic materials for the decorations and let them figure out where and how to stick them down.

- Extend this activity by having your child do the folding and use this time to talk about "halves." Folding evenly in half can be challenging for kids so they will often need guidance and practice. Also allow them some input in choosing the materials to cover and decorate the chicken and let them attempt any cutting involved

- Talk with your child and ask questions about what they are doing. This will help them understand the physical and mental processes they are going through as well as giving them the vocabulary to describe it. eg "That is a good material for the beak. How are you going to attach it so that it stays on?"

- Use new language and descriptive words like, "embellishments" This will help with their language development.

Debs :)

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