G has been getting more and more into identifying animals and their sounds. Without much teaching, he has been able to make the sound of an elephant, a cat, and a lamb as well as point out numerous animals in books. Because he is showing such an interest, I figured there was no time like the present to begin teaching him all of the animal noises, features, and identifying factors. So far we’ve learned about sheep, cows, and pigs which brings us to our last day where we will learn all about chickens (and roosters)!
Chickens are really smart animals – they cluck to their unhatched chicks and the chicks cluck back through the egg, they can remember object permanence, and they can actually experience REM sleep. On top of that, did you know chickens are actually part of the dinosaur family? Pretty neat. We chose to focus on the more common attributes when teaching little G all about chickens. The overarching principles for today’s lesson were that chickens have feathers, they lay eggs, and they eat lots of grains!
Our first activity was simply this: Chicken Sensory Play-Yard. I laid out a roll of butcher paper and sprinkled some dried oatmeal on top. Then, I laid out some alphabet letters to spell “chickens” and a silo with some actual chickens. Well, not real ones…obviously. G had a great time tossing the oatmeal around, dumping it in the silo, and giving it a tiny little taste test. We did lots of clucking and cockadoodledooing!
Next I filled an old egg carton with All Things Chicken. We had feathers, plastic eggs, and some yellow pom-pom chicks. As we sorted through the carton we talked about the importance of each of the objects, practiced counting, and organized the things by similarity!
The last activity of the day was Chicken Scratch Paintings. I twisted a pipe-cleaner to look like a chicken claw, squirted some orange and yellow paint on the same butcher paper we used for our sensory activity, and let my toddler get busy stamping and scratching with the make-shift chicken foot. Little kids love to get messy so anytime I can incorporate painting or an art activity I jump all over it. After all, it all comes out in the wash, right?
Finally, we added a little rooster to our farming Felt Board. Then we practiced identifying objects. I would ask G to find the animals we’d talked about – sometimes by name, sometimes by sound; the tractor, the barn, etc. I seriously LOVE our felt activities and I love their cost!
My son went to bed successfully understanding what a chicken looked like, he was able to tell me what a rooster sounded like, and he had a better understanding of where eggs came from! I’d say this easy all about chickens day was well worth it! Keep tabs on what farm animal we have coming up next by following us on Instagram!