At Christmas we became the proud owners of two brown hens - Henry took delivery of them on Xmas day from Santa! Named Henrietta and Peck Peck, they have become integral members of our family! As I write this blog however, I am recovering from finding one of said hens in the middle of the road near our house after she decided a re enactment of "chicken run" would be fun! Luckily I found her, caught her & delivered her back safely!
With a number of snow days in the last couple of weeks, I dedicated one day to lots
of activities with a "
hen" theme. I'll try & outline them all here, but in summary we had:
- Create a piece of hen related art (painting, collage, drawing etc)
- Words rhyming with "egg" and "hen" - thought of and written down by Henry.
- Read some hen related stories (see another post).
- Sight words bingo (with an egg theme)
- Simple addition of how many eggs have the two hens layed!
- Provide an egg shape and suggest that it be turned into a person/animal etc.
- Create a story about Henry and his hens in simple words and read it.
I apologise for the long post, but we did quite a few activities!
1. Hen art
Henry's piece of hen art was a collage using tissue paper cut up and scrunched up. I drew the outline of the Hen, and provided the
squares of cut tissue paper. I did originally offer this in gold, orange and yellow, thinking Henry would use all colours for a multi coloured hen.....however he
stuck with gold and I cut adequate bits for him to finish in that colour. Peck Peck the collage hen was a great success!
2. Rhyming words
On the internet you can find images of
anything you want. A search for "eggs" brought me a great egg picture which I replicated loads of
times. For the rhyming words, Henry had the egg shapes to write each letter on to create the rhyming words.
3. Hen & egg stories
We have on our shelf - Coriander the contrary hen and The most wonderful egg in the world, which we read. We also did an activity with the latter title which I will post as a separate activity.
4. Simple words egg bingo
For Egg bingo I printed a page with 8 eggs on, and onto each of these eggs I wrote one of Henry's sight words. I then printed out a further 8 eggs that I cut out and wrote the same words on. I replicated each of these so I could play with Henry. We took it in turns to take eggs off the pile and read the words then cover the eggs. It was a bit more fun that simple squares with words in.
5.Egg addition eggsercise!
I found a picture of a hen on the internet & printed it out twice. I then printed about 10 eggs out. Under each hen I placed a number of eggs and we did simple addition with Henry recording the number of eggs layed next to a picture of his hen run.
6. Egg head
I provided Henry with a blank piece of paper and a cut out of an egg, and suggested he turn it into a face. I imagined he would add some hair, eyes, nose and mouth......I was wrong - he actually turned it into an egg person! Then when asked to name it...called it Henry Egg!
7. A story about Henry and his hens
This I prepared in advance. I created simple sentences that Henry knew the words or could sound out the words with some help. I then added a few images to help with the story recognition. Henry thought this was great, that he appeared in the story with his hens!