Let your children brush glue across the bottom part of pieces
of construction paper. While the glue is still wet, have them
sprinkle on cornmeal and shake off the excess. Or let them
press on Easter grass. Then give them chick shapes cut from
yellow paper or felt to glue onto the top part of their papers.
To complete, have them use markers to add legs, eyes and other
|CHICKS IN EGGS
Set out yellow cotton balls. (Or lightly brush white cotton
balls with a yellow marker to give them a yellow tint.)
Invite your children to turn the cotton balls into chicks
by gluing on eyes and beaks cut from colored paper. Then
let them glue their chicks into egg cups cut from an egg
CHICKS IN THE BARNYARD
Cut five or more chick shapes out of yellow felt. Make a large
yarn circle on a flannel board or carpet for a "barnyard."
Then tell stories about the chicks that involve adding and subtracting,
and let your children "illustrate" them by putting
the chicks into the barnyard and taking them out. For instance:
"Five chicks were eating corn in the barnyard. Two chicks
ran away and that left three. Then one chick missed her brothers
and sisters so she came hopping back. Now there were four chicks
in the barnyard."
Find three identical plastic eggs and line them up on
a table. Invite your children to observe as you put a
yellow pompom or cotton ball "chick" into one
of the eggs. Slowly move the three eggs around. Then ask
the children to try to guess which egg holds the chick.
Open the eggs so that they can test their answer. Continue
as long as you wish.
Talk with your children about how chicks are born from eggs.
When it is time for them to hatch, the chicks use their beaks
to peck at their eggshells until the shells break open. Ask
the children to imagine that they are chicks in eggs, ready
to be born. Invite them to act out breaking through their
shells. Then encourage them to hop around and explore their