These cute Easter chick hand puppets are a fun, simple and engaging crafting
activity for little monkeys to enjoy. They are filled with a variety of brilliant early learning
and fine motor skill development activities – including pencil holding practice, scissor
use and cutting skills, gluing, taping, folding, sticking plus hours of imaginary play to
follow afterwards. A great way to enjoy screen-free time.
What you’ll need for the Easter Chick Hand Puppets:
Time Needed: 20 minutes
You will need:
– Sheets of paper or cardboard (a few paper plates if no cardboard)
– Feathers (plus other decorations like glitter, sequins etc). If you don’t have feathers, use leaves.
– Googly Eyes or texta marker
– Popsicle sticks or wooden stick
How to make the Easter Chick Hand Puppets:
1- Take your sheet of coloured or decorated paper/cardboard, turn it over draw
around both hands (so you’re drawing on the back of the paper, to allow for any
mistakes or movement of hands whilst drawing around them.) Your monkeys can trace their own hand or they may need help.
2- Cut around the hand outlines to create the hand shape of the puppets
3- If you have used paper, it’s recommended to stick these to card or a paper plate
backing to give them some extra durability
4- Glue on the eyes and triangles of coloured paper (beak) and then decorate as
desired – glitter, sequins, feathers
5- Once finished, tape this firmly to the popsicle stick with a few pieces of tape
6- Either concertina some pieces of paper to make the chick legs, or else wrap a
pipe-cleaner around the bottom of the hand shape.
7- You’re ready for your Easter Chick Hand Puppet show extravaganza!
A bit extra….
You can incorporate folding (for the concertina legs)- or you could use pipe-cleaners
and twist these around the popsicle stick for the chick’s legs. If you wanted, you
could also use lengths of wool or yarn with little beads (chick feet) at the bottom to
weigh the lengths down.
Monkeys are fascinated with their hands from a very early age. This craft is a great
way to encourage creative thought, as well as a starting point for conversations
around left and right hands and how we all tend to use one hand more than the
Younger kids will need some help with drawing around their hands and cutting
these out. It’s a great opportunity to talk about sizes and use comparative
vocabulary around how “Mum’s hand is BIGGER than Bryce’s hand”… and Bryce’s
hand is SMALLER than Mum’s hand.
Such a simple and relatively quick craft and with so few materials, this is sure to be a
winner with the monkeys this Easter!