Chick Craft with Loofah
Need a simple, last-minute Easter craft for kids? I’ve got it for you. It is kind of a funny story how this craft came about. I work in my daughter’s class every Monday afternoon. I had told the teacher a while back that I would do a spring craft with the kids. I’m a teacher by trade and she has invited me to do some lessons with the kids. One Monday she was sick. One Monday Abby was sick. Then, there was spring break. Suddenly this past Monday arrived, and I was out of the groove. Not only did I forget I was doing a craft, but I forgot that I was going into class at all. I was weeding outside in the yard at 12:45, when I had a reminder on my phone that alerted me. Panic. I jumped up, told the kids to pick up all the outdoor play things, ran into the house, changed clothes, and I started to do my make-up. As I was in the bathroom I was thinking, “What am I going to do?” My brain was swirling through things I’ve done in the past. Do I have the materials? Can I gather enough for the whole class? No. Suddenly I saw a reflection of the bath loofah in the mirror. Well, that kind of looks like a baby chick. The gears start turning, and this craft was birthed. I gathered all the materials and successfully had a lesson for the kids. After dropping the little kids off at grandma’s house, I was 5 minutes late to Abby’s class. I had 4 chick making stations in the back of the classroom. These first graders I had instructed to use their imaginations to develop a personality for their chick. What was their chick’s name? What did it like? Dislike? What did it do all day? Is there a story they could develop about their chick? Kids worked on their stories while we called four up at a time to work on their craft. Not bad for a last second…quite literally…idea. It became my last-minute Easter craft for you too. It’s easy. It uses materials you might have on hand. It is inexpensive. It is fast. It can be done with a lot of kids. Perfect. It might be a great station set up for your own Easter celebrations. As Abby’s teacher reminded me, this craft would also be great for the story of “Chicken Little.”
~ White Card Stock or Construction Paper
~ Yellow Paint
~ Google Eyes (we used both large and small)
~ Orange Felt or Foam
1. Have kids draw their chick legs with a sharpie toward the bottom center of page. We had tall chicks and short chicks.
2. Dip loofah in yellow paint and encourage kids to tap the paint onto the paper. I always use a paper plate as a paint pallet. It is disposable and keeps things contained well. We had skinny chicks and chubby chicks.
3. Use white glue to adhere both the google eyes and orange felt or foam, cut into a triangle for the beak.