Life Cycle of a Hen

Life Cycle of a Hen
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This is a simple activity that engages learning for tiny tots.

30 minutes
36 - 60 months
Group size
1 - 8 tots


  • 1 packet Plaster of Paris (or two cups)
  • 1 set water colors
  • 3 Labels
  • Water
  • Markers (or Pencil)


  1. The life cycle of a hen is simple. The adult hen lays an egg. In 3 weeks, the egg hatches to a chick. 3 months later, the chick becomes an adult or hen.
  2. Mix Plaster of Paris with water to make a paste which can be molded to any shape.
  3. Make shape of hen and ask kids to make shape of egg since its easier for them.
  4. You can also use a mold to make a hen and a chick.
  5. Ask kids to pain the hen, chick and egg.
  6. Place them in order and label them.
  7. Encourage discussion.
Associated Activity
1. Visit a local farm and see the various stages of the life cycle in person.
2. Read "From Egg to Chicken (Lifecycles)" by Gerald Legg and Carolyn Scrace

Original Source

Creaa Academy

Developmental skills