Saturday, April 5, 2014

Lifecycle of a Chicken Part 2

I must confess…I’ve got a little bit of Ms. Frizzle in me! Not the whole custom-embroidered-solar-system-jumper sort of way, but I’m definitely not afraid to add dashes of her gaudy fashion sense to my wardrobe! Hey, it’s all in the name of fun for the kiddos, right?!
So during the week we welcome our newest little classmates, I simply must wear my “chick shoes”. Want a pair of your own? Just attach a felt chick sticker to each shoe (the ones below are from Michaels). 

Ahhhh…The Friz would be so proud!
The fashion fun doesn’t stop here, though! When the chicks come, we go all out! One day during the week of their arrival, we set up visiting hours. We have a hospital sign-in sheet, nametags for visitors, and the kids are decked in their doctor gear! To make their doctor coats simply cut a white t-shirt up the front, add a nametag, a headband, and toss in a stethoscope and they're all set!
Even the teachers get involved in the theme by dressing up in scrubs!
Look at this banner I ordered from Vista Print!! It was the perfect addition to the nursery entrance and sign in!

And, to top off my big ‘ole Vista Print purchase…
Birth announcements with their first “family” photo, hatching details, and chick characteristics!!
Oh…one more purchase…“Proud Parent” stickers:
Too cute!!

We said good-bye to our chicks by having Chicken Fest! We played games such as “Hot Chicken” – AKA Hot Potato where we played the “Chicken Dance”, of course, and the winners got to keep the rubber chicken we used as the “potato”:

The hens and roosters also tried “hatching eggs” by sitting on a balloon:

They also participated in the “This looks easy but it’s actually super-duper hard” Egg Roll by rolling a balloon with their nose:

Some kids thought a big “egg” would be easier, others thought a small one would work better:

 And, the #1 kid-favorite…Chicken Feed (eating cereal with their hands behind their backs and pecking it like a chicken):  

But soon the fun had to end and it was time to say good-bye to our newest little classmates. It was off to the farm for them! If you are the one bringing the chicks to the farm, be sure to take pictures of their new home! It definitely helped my students feel better seeing photos of their new friends and where they would be living!