Easter egg hunts are fun just as they are, but I love making them a little extra special whenever I can. Last year we were invited to an egg hunt party and had to bring eggs. We brought this cute “Hatch the Chick” Easter Egg Craft & Egg Hunt Activity along with us.
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This “Hatch the Chick” plastic Easter egg craft is fun and simple and inexpensive to make.
The fun comes in when you hide these eggs and they look like all the other eggs, but when the kids open them they realize it’s more than just an egg with a cheap toy–the egg is a craft that is so much fun to make.
This activity also offers a fun a teaching opportunity for parents (or teachers) to share how chicks hatch from eggs. If it’s suitable for your child, you can go further to explain how the eggs we eat are not fertilized to create baby chicks, so they don’t have to worry about that. You can talk about chicken facts, egg facts, how eggs with baby chicks need to be incubated/warmed, maybe even take a trip to a local farm that has chickens afterwards and ask more questions!
Note: because these eggs contain small pieces and Easter eggs often have candy inside, which is edible, I recommend these for children who are old enough to know not to eat what is inside or to have your younger children very closely monitored so they don’t eat anything they shouldn’t.
You’ll love this other adorable plastic egg craft idea: Plastic Unicorn Easter Eggs!
“Hatch the Chick” Easter Egg Craft & Egg Hunt Activity
This Easter egg chicks craft is very simple, because initially all you do is prep the supplies. Decide how many of these plastic egg crafts you want to hide and what colors you want them and go from there.
Get the printable here
Using your sharp scissors, cut out a beak, feet, and two wings from the craft foam. I used orange for the beak and feet (the feet should be one piece–you can see in the photos how I shaped my pieces) then the wings I did in whatever color the egg was (yellow, blue, pink, green…).
Add two wings, one beak, and one feet piece in each chick Easter egg craft along with two googly eyes (black or choose ones with a coordinating eye color–we’d gotten colorful ones on clearance, so our baby chicks had yellow eyes).
Print and cut out the instructions sheets, then fold them into quarters and add one in each egg as well. If you wish to add some fluffy, small craft feathers to glue on, add those in too and close the eggs.
Hide the eggs along with the rest of your generic eggs, then have fun creating a craft together with your child after the hunt is over! Do it later that day or save it for another day to make the fun last even longer!
This Easter egg craft is meant to be child-created, but parents can help too. The printed instructions give quick directions and a sample of how the egg should look afterwards, but your child can make it any way he or she wishes.
Maybe the chick has its beak pointing up in the air so the googly eyes are a little more on top of the head. Maybe the chick is looking down at the ground. Maybe the chick is being silly and has its head turned upside down so the eyes are below the beak.
Let your child use his imagination and just have fun!
Regular school glue should work okay with this, but be sure not to use too much or the pieces may slide around and get a little messy.
Since this has some smaller pieces, it’s a great craft to work on motor skills! If your child needs a little direction, use a permanent marker to place dots where the eyes, nose, and wings should go and have your child match them up.
Try building a nest for your baby chick using paper Easter grass or shredded newspaper! Can your child pretend to be Mama Chicken?
Will you hide yellow “Hatch the Chick” Easter eggs or are you going to make them fun colors? Share a pic of the chicks your kids create and tag @artscrackers on Facebook or Instagram!
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