This week we’ve been reading Six Little Chicks by Jez Alborough. It is a fantastic story to read in the Spring or around Easter. The illustrations of the chicks in the story are fantastic and we wanted to make our own cute chicks. Throughout the story the Mother Hen is waiting for her last egg to hatch so we thought we would recreate this little chick, finally hatching out of its egg!
To make the Six Little Chicks Hatching Chick Craft you will need:
- Two 1 litre plastic milk cartons
- Acrylic paint (yellow and brown or white for the egg)
- Paint brush
- Black permanent marker pen
- Orange card for beak
- White stickers for eyes or white card and double-sided sticky tape
We thoroughly cleaned two 1 litre plastic milk cartons. You could also use a large milk carton to make a Hen but we thought this size was perfect for a little chick.
If you have older children you can supervise them cutting the milk cartons but in our case I cut each milk carton into two halves. You will need two ‘bottom pieces’ for the egg and one ‘top piece’ for the chick.
Then we got painting. We chose a really bright yellow for the chick and I love how the acrylic spreads thickly and easily to quickly cover the milk carton. Once we had covered the chick in yellow we mixed brown with white to create an ‘egg colour’ and Burt painted the two bottom pieces from the milk cartons.
Then we left them to dry completely.
Once the acrylic was fully dried we stuck two eyes and a beak to the chick. Then I took one of the egg pieces and drew a jagged edge with a permanent marker pen. Then I cut along the jagged edge and added some extra cracks with the pen for effect. The edges can be sharp so if you are very concerned you could round off the corners or cover them with tape.
I placed the second egg piece inside the first and used the jagged edge as a template so that the two will match up. Then I pulled the two pieces apart again and cut along the second jagged edge.
Once I had two egg pieces, both with jagged edges cut, I carefully slid the chick inside the two egg pieces to create the Hatching Chick. When you slide the top piece away you reveal the chick inside. You can also hide treats under the chick if you wanted to use this craft for an Easter gift or surprise. When we read Six Little Chicks by Jez Alborough we now have to reveal our own little chick inside its home-made egg!
The Hatching Chick was such a hit that we have since made more and Burt has been experimenting with a few different colours. I quite like his red and yellow chick, so let your children’s imaginations run wild and let them create their own chicks in whatever colours they choose.
Have you been inspired by a book to craft, go on an outing or do an activity this week?
I’m linking my Hatching Chick Craft up to this month’s #GetYourCraftOn challenge. This month’s theme is “Chicks and Eggs’ and you have until midnight on Friday 28th March to link up! Also linking up with Tuesday Tutorials over at In The Playroom.