CHICKENS

TEXTILE DESIGN/GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

From year 3 - Working time: approximately 4 lessons

TASK AND MOTIVATION

Collecting things is still a popular activity for children. It comes close to child's joy in discovery and sharpens their view for that special thing. Effectively presented or veiled in careful order, collected treasures create interest for the viewer and create pride on part of the collector.

In addition to the random discoveries in nature and the targeted buying of collectables, a collection of remarkable teaching results develops in many teaching situations; collections which do not deserve to be ignored in a loose-leaf binder.

The following is suggested for the production of small books. What they have in common is that their insides have pockets which are suitable for the inclusion of texts, images, illustrations, colour samples and surfaces and flat collection objects.
To cater for the different collective passions and the individual inventor spirit, the books vary in their format, in the material properties, in the type of binding and of the closure.

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LEARNING PRIORITIES

  • Recognise and show features of a chicken
  • Expand knowledge about different types of chickens
  • Appreciation of a living being
  • Learn about the responsibility of man for life and the care of livestock
  • Exact cutting and glueing of felt
  • Combine individual parts into a whole entity
  • Use whipstitch as a decorative and sewing stitch

CHICKENS
CHICKENS
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Material and resources

General

Material and resources

Large chicken

  • Felt in yellow, white or orange, 0.9 mm, 20 x 40 cm 
  • Felt in white, black, orange, red, 0.9 mm 
  • Padding 
  • Colour-matched sewing thread, sewing needle 
  • Coins as templates for the eyes 

Egg warmer

  • Felt in yellow, 0.9 mm, 10 x 20 cm 
  • Leftover red, orange felt, 0.9 mm 
  • Googley eyes, round or oval, 8 mm diameter

Chicken nest

  • Small fruit box made of wood or cardboard, approx. 29 x 19 x 7 cm 
  • Acrylic pain in green, yellow 
  • Brush 
  • Leftover coloured paper in yellow, orange and in different shades of green

Chicken nest
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Step-by-step plan

Eggwarmer
Eggwarmer

Step 1

Cut a 10 x 20 cm felt strip for the body, a 10 x 7 cm felt piece for the beak, chin and comb.

Eggwarmer

Step 2

Fold the body strip together sideways in the middle to the square and glue the edges together with UHU All Purpose Adhesive Extra.

Eggwarmer

Step 3

Fix the glued side with clothes pegs.

Eggwarmer

Step 4

Glue the open corner (only the corner!) with a dot-shaped drop of adhesive and fix it with a further clothes peg. Allow to dry.

Eggwarmer

Step 5

Stretch the upper opening across from the other sides, lay the edges together, glue them and clamp them together. Orange lined: existing glue on the inside

Eggwarmer

Step 6

A small pyramid has formed with an opening for the egg (bottom of the chicken = A). The pyramid has an adhesive edge perpendicular to the front (B) and downwards across the reverse side (C).

Eggwarmer

Step 7

Fold the red felt in half, with chalk, draw the comb, chin flap and beak and leave folded when cutting. Cut "tail feathers" from the remaining hanging materials.

Eggwarmer

Step 8

The double red parts should be glued together congruently, covering the cutting edge of the body shape. Apply googley eyes on both sides. Fix the tail feathers on the back edge. Develop according to preference.

Large cuddly chicken

The big chicken is made according to a similar principle.

Large cuddly chicken

Step 1

For the body, fold a felt strip, 40 x 20 cm, across the middle of the square. Glue the left and right edges with UHU All Purpose Adhesive Extra. Orange lined: existing glue on the inside

Large cuddly chicken

Step 2

Fill the sleeve with padding. Stretch the last open side at the top and glue the edges together. Fix the glueing point with a clothes peg until the glue is dry.

Large cuddly chicken

Step 3

Decorate the glued edges with whipstitch.

Large cuddly chicken

Step 4

Cut eyes, beak, comb, chin flaps and tail feathers from felt and stick.

Chicken nest
Chicken nest

Step 1

For the chicken nest, paint a small fruit crate in yellow or green and glue coloured paper strips as hay or grass with UHU All Purpose Adhesive Extra.

 

Sybille Rogaczewski-Nogai

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©2017 UHU GmbH & Co. KG, Bühl (Baden) and Elke Fox. Photos on Fotolia.com see note on the picture border: Page 1: marina kuchenbecker; Page 2: Szasz-Fabian Jozsef, Markus Mainka; Page 3: Dreadlock. Working photos: Sybille Rogaczewski-Nogai. Other photos, illustrations and editors: Elke Fox.