Hatching Chicks Activity

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Updated on May 10, 2013

Learn about nature while creating a nest for baby chicks. This project is a fun way to explore how to layer shapes and create texture. The nest, created from a paper plate, is layered with curled construction paper, mimicking the texture of a real bird's nest.

What You Need:

  • Paper plate
  • Tempera paint (brown)
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Googly eyes (1 set for each chick)
  • Glue stick

What You Do:

  1. Have your child cut a paper plate in half. Set one half aside for a future project.
  2. Encourage her to paint the plate with brown paint, covering it as much as possible. Set the wet plate aside to dry.
  3. Ask her to cut three oval shapes out of the construction paper, each one will be a different chick. Set the ovals to the side.
  4. Have her cut out three small triangles from yellow or orange construction paper to create beaks for the chicks.
  5. She can now glue the beaks and eyes on each chick.
  6. Glue the chicks from behind the cut line of the paper plate, so the majority of the oval bodies are over the edge of the plate.
  7. Help her cut long strips of brown construction paper, about 1/2" wide. Gently curl them with a pair of scissors. Have her glue them to the front of the plate to create texture for the nest.

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