Story Time

Chickens
Submitted by: Gwendolyn, Barbara Bush
Audience
• Pre-school
Books
Dora's Eggs by:Sykes, Julie
This is a colorfully illustrated story about a little hen named Dora that is waiting for her chicks to hatch. As she waits, she visits the other animals and their babies in the barnyard and becomes a little jealous of all the cute things the other babies are doing. This all changes, though, when her own tiny chicks hatch.
I Bought a Baby Chicken by:Halls, Kelly Milner
This fun rhyming book is about a little girl who goes to the general store and buys a chicken. Her family follows and buys chickens too, and soon, there are baby chicks everywhere.
The Little Red Hen by:Barton, Byron
This story is about an industrious little hen who finds some seeds one day and dreams of baking bread. None of her friends will help her do the hard work, but they are all eager to help her eat the freshly baked bread. This edition is especially good for storytime because the illustrations are simple and bright, and the story is not too long.
Songs
On a Farm
Sung to: "London Bridge is Falling Down"

Animals live on a farm, on a farm, on a farm
Animals live on a farm, with a farmer

Cows and pigs live on a farm, on a farm, on a farm
Cows and pigs live on a farm, with the farmer

Goats and sheep live on a farm, on a farm, on a farm
Goats and sheep live on a farm, with the farmer

Hens and chicks live on a farm, on a farm, on a farm
Hens and chicks live on a farm, with the farmer

http://www.preschooleducation.com/sfarm.shtml
Craft
Handprint Roosters

1. Trace two handprints on red construction paper.
2. Glue the handprints to the back of the paper plate to make the rooster's crest and wattle.
3. Glue on the two yellow triangles to make the rooster's beak.
4. Glue on the googly eye and decorate the rooster with crayons or markers.
5. Tape the craft stick to the back of the paper plate.

http://www.first-school.ws/activities/crafts/animals/birds/rooster-handprints-1.htm

This makes a really cute craft. I used small paper plates instead of cutting out white circles for the heads. I found this size was just right to match up with little handprints. I also made up kits that included the plate, googly eye, craft stick, and yellow triangles for the beak. This made it simple to pass out the supplies. Also, it is easier to attach the craft sticks to the back of the roosters with tape instead of glue.