I’m so excited to be sharing a fun set of learning activities we recently covered with Yvann – we’re focusing on Chicken Life Cycle Activities! We live in a pretty rural area here in the Netherlands. Sheep, cows, and chickens are part of our view on our daily walks, and I absolutely adore it! Of course, the kids love to see the animals, and often ask questions about them. Naturally, exploring chickens more in-depth is a natural consequence of our environment.
Personally, I absolutely adore setting up activities related to nature, zoology, and botany. Studying nature and living in harmony with the earth is such an important part of Montessori. I truly believe that it is imperative to teach our children to care for the earth and to live responsibly.
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One of the ways I hope to teach my children to do this is to discuss where our things come from. Studying chickens is a very practical way to do this. Y is familiar with the animal, but we have never really specifically discussed how they are treated and what products they give. We used this unit to spend a little bit of time to discuss farming practices, why we purchase free range eggs, and how chickens give us meat and eggs that we consume.
Chicken Life Cycle Activities
Age You can use these cards for children approximately between the ages of 3-6.
Hands-on Activities with Chicken Life Cycle Printables
We used the printables from my farm themed bundle to explore the life cycle of a chicken.
We examined the life cycle of a chicken with these cards. I like that they are real photos – they were quite the challenge to find! You can really examine the stages of a chick hatching!
My life cycle sets always come with a spinner and poster. I love using the poster as decoration for thematic units. We use the spinner to discuss the stages and just talk. Y usually spins it, and then I talk about the phase of development the arrow lands on. Simple, but effective.
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Chicken Life Cycle 3 Part Cards
We used chicken life cycle 3 part cards to reinforce vocabulary and practice letter recognition. Using 2 and 3 part cards is a great for helping children to understand and master information.
I like to present our 3 part cards in our custom 3 part card tray. You can get a 3 part card tray here.
Use the image cards in combination with a Montessori 3 part lesson to teach new vocabulary to kids. Here is how I present new vocabulary:
- Take the tray and place it on your mat on the ground (or table, or wherever you work).
- Lay out the image cards in front of you. Leave enough space for control cards to the right of each image card, and labels underneath each image card.
- Next, match the label cards to the image cards. Place them underneath each image card.
- Check your work by adding the control cards to the right of each image card.
- Gather the materials, and put them back on the tray.
- Bring the tray back to its spot on the shelving unit.
Now it’s your child’s turn!
After, presenting the new vocabulary with a Montessori 3 part lesson, you can adapt this work for toddlers or younger children who cannot read yet. You can offer this work to toddlers as a matching activity. You can do this by printing the control cards twice or using the control cards and image cards together. Have your child match the images to each other.
Parts of a Chicken
We used Y’s Montessori chicken puzzle. He has definitely outgrown the puzzle itself – he easily finishes puzzles with hundreds of pieces. However, I presented the puzzle alongside the parts of a chicken poster I created.
Y had to match the pieces of the puzzle to the image. He really surprised me with his enthusiasm for this work. I expected it to be a simple exercise for him, thinking it would be a quick way to reinforce vocabulary. He returned to this activity multiple times. Even baby N had a go at the puzzle…well, she tried to mouth the pieces and explored them in her hands that is!
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We finished off our study with a simple craft! This is actually part of our farm animal coloring pages printable set. We used it to create a simple chicken craft activity. This was probably Y’s favourite.
When it comes to crafts, I like to provide invitations to create a piece of art or drawing or activity.
Get your set of Chicken Life Cycle Printables!
- 3 Part Cards
- Sequencing Cards
- Life Cycle Poster
- Parts of a Chicken Poster
Chicken Life Cycle Printables
Also, check out our full Farm Themed Printables Set! Create the perfect farm themed unit with all of these printables!
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I hope you have a fabulous day!