The snow is finally beginning to subside, and the sun has been trying to do it’s work. Around here, in Pennsylvania, I have even seen a few buds trying to break through the ground. (Hold on little flowers…it’s not time quite yet.) Spring is just around the corner…at least that is what the groundhog said. Though he does have a tendency to get it wrong. Regardless, it is time for the Spring crafts!!! So, this year we are starting out with this adorable Easter Chick Kids Craft, made, as always, from the items that you already have in your bag if you have used our list to stock up on supplies!
We do things a little differently here. And it is all to make your life easier! I want to see you crafting with your kids. So, here is the plan to make that possible…EVERY SINGLE PROJECT on this site is made from the SAME master list. Fill your bag, and you are ready to create at a moment’s notice! I can’t wait to see what you make!!!
SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- 3 Large popsicle sticks
- Yellow paint
- Medium pompom
- Elmer’s glue
- Yellow construction paper
- Glue stick
- Yellow tissue paper squares
- 2 Small googly eyes
- Scraps of orange, yellow and blue construction paper
Step 1: Glue the frame
- Form 3 large popsicle sticks into a triangle and glue them together at the corners using Elmer’s
- Allow the glue to dry thoroughly
- *You may want to complete this step the day before and allow the glue to dry overnight. Prepare several so that you can make as many little chicks (or other projects) as you want!
Sometimes it just takes a little bit of preparation to find that time to craft with your kids…but isn’t it SOOOO worth it! I know that it is something I never regret!
Step 2: Paint
- Place the triangle frame on the newspaper
- Pinch the pompom with the clothespin to form a “paint brush”
- Squeeze a little yellow paint onto your newspaper
- Paint the frame and allow it to dry
Step 3: Cut and glue
- Place the triangle frame on top of the yellow construction paper and trace around the the outside
- Draw a second triangle inside the one you have traced, about 1/4″ or so
- Cut out the paper triangle
- Last, use the glue stick to glue it to the back of the frame
- *Ignore the fact that the sample is not being completed in yellow…yours will be yellow
Step 4: Add the fluff
- Glue the pieces of yellow tissue paper squares all over the triangle
- You can leave little edges not glued down and some that go over the edges
- Slip the edges of the tissue paper to make the chick even “flufflier”
Placing tissue paper pieces onto this craft is a great activity to use for practicing fine motor coordination. Encourage your child to use his index finger and thumb together in a tip pinch which picking up the pieces. Spread them out to make it easier to pick up one at a time. Plus, with the proper set up, you can also practice the skill of crossing midline. Now, I know that this may be a term you are not familiar with, but it is an important foundational skill for so many other motor activities. Learn a little more about crossing midline HERE.
To practice crossing midline when working on this craft, place the tissue pieces opposite your child’s dominant hand. If they are not yet demonstrating a hand dominance, take note of what hand they are preferring for this task and then place the pieces on the other side. Then keep encouraging them to use that hand, while reaching across the body to pick up the tissue paper.
Step 5: Now for the details
- First, cut 2 large teardrop shapes from the scraps of yellow construction paper for the chick’s wings
- Then cut a couple of details from the other scraps, including a beak, feet, and a bow tie
- Last, glue all of the details in place, including the googly eyes
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