This is really a classic activity that my husband even remembers doing in school.
The bulk of this activity is cutting, so your child will need to be able to cut well enough to do this. I would guess for most that will be somewhere between 3.5-4.5, with some possibly between 3-3.5.
If your child is unable to cut, you could let your child color the chick and even the egg (make it an Easter egg!) before you cut it out. Young toddlers would have fun playing with this once it was done.
This is a great activity for talking about baby chicks. You can talk about how they grow and how they hatch. It also provides fine motor skill development if your child cuts the chick out. You could also turn this into a shape activity.
- White paper (cardstock works best)
- Yellow paper
- Orange paper
- Brads (two)
- Draw the egg shape on the white paper
- Draw a zigzag for the crack down the center of the egg
- Draw the chick on the yellow paper
- Draw a triangle on the orange paper
- If your child will be coloring the eggs and/or chick, have him do so
- Have your child cut out the items (or you do it if needed)
- Have your child cut the egg down the zigzag (or you do it if needed)
- Have your child glue the nose in place
- Have your child draw eyes on the chick
- Punch one brad in each half of the egg
- Put the egg together over the chick. Push the brads through the chick. Open out the brads to secure in place
- Talk about chicks, incubation, and hatching