Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Little Red Hen Handprint Craft & Activity

Whenever I start planning a unit for the Daycare kids, I come up with a list of books and try to come up with activities and crafts to go with those books.  One of our favorite crafts with the Farm Theme books was this handprint hen with our reading of The Little Red Hen.  I love this book because it teaches kids that it's important to help out with work and that everyone can enjoy the rewards if everyone pitches in.  This is something we review every day at clean-up time!
The Little Red Hen Handprint Paper Plate Craft - Mamas Like Me

For our craft, we used:
Red plates
Red, black, and orange construction paper
Scissors
Glue

I traced and cut out handprints for each of the kids.  Based on your child's age, they can do more or less of this on their own.
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Then, we glued two black circles for the eyes, an orange triangle for the beak, and a red gobbler along with their handprint.
The Little Red Hen Handprint Paper Plate Craft - Mamas Like Me
As the hens dried, we made our own cinnamon raisin bread using the bread-maker.
The Little Red Hen Handprint Paper Plate Craft - Mamas Like Me
I love cooking with the kids because it gives them an opportunity to practice math skills and gain real life skills that they will need in the kitchen.  Kids can learn so much by measuring, pouring, and stirring ingredients together.  Plus, they're more likely to sample new things when they've had a hand in preparing them.
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Cinnamon raisin bread is one of my husband's favorites, but he also loves our snickerdoodle raisin bread.
The Little Red Hen Handprint Paper Plate Craft - Mamas Like Me
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