Here’s an adorable paper plate craft that is perfect for spring or for a unit on farm animals. Use paper plates to make a chick that “hatches” out of an egg. My preschooler and kindergartner loved this!
We used felt to make the chick’s body and beak, but construction paper would also work well if you don’t have felt. However, you definitely should get some craft feathers – that detail made this project so much fun! Preschoolers love to touch and feel the feathers, and they really up the cuteness level of this little chick.
You’ll also need some basic paper plates, googly eyes, glue, and paper fasteners.
Step 1: Cut out the body and the beak from felt.
Then glue them onto the plate. We used Elmer’s Glue All – it’s a slightly stronger version of regular Elmer’s glue, or PVA glue. Hot glue would also work great, but if you want preschoolers to do it themselves Elmer’s glue (or maybe Tacky Glue) would be good.
Step 2: Glue on the feathers to make wings.
The chick above is mine. Below is Janie’s – she put on her feathers sticking straight out to the sides and glued the eyes farther apart, which turned out super cute!
Step 3: Cut a second paper plate in half so that it looks like a cracked egg. Glue the bottom half to your first paper plate by putting glue on the edges of the plate. I used hot glue for this step – much easier than the kids doing it with Elmer’s glue!
Attach the top half with a paper fastener.
Now it can open and close – so much fun!
Janie had to show Dad as soon as he got home from work!
Have fun crafting! Need more spring crafting ideas?
Egg Carton Animals – Make turtles, frogs, and caterpillars
Coffee Filter Butterflies – We used ours to make a butterfly wreath!