Egg Carton Chickens and a Basket Full of Games
With twelve little chickens you can come up with lots of games to play! This fun craft and game activity is eggs-actly what you need to start hatching some real fun!
Related Book: What’s Up with This Chicken? Written by Jane Sutton | Illustrated by Peter Welling
- Cardboard egg carton
- White craft paint
- Markers: red, yellow, black for the face; any colors you’d like for wings and eggs
- Paint brush
- Construction or craft paper in white and a color of your choice
- Cut the notched flap off the egg carton and set aside
- Cut the top off the egg carton
- Cut apart all the egg cups and trim slightly so they sit flat
- Paint the egg cups with the white paint, let dry
- Add the face, comb and wings to the chicken with the markers. Make six chickens with one color wings and six chickens with another color wings.
- From the egg carton flap cut thirteen small egg-shaped playing pieces
- With the markers, decorate twelve of the eggs in pairs—each egg in the pair with the same design
- Color one egg yellow and add a beak, eyes, and wings to make it a chick
Games to Play
Tic-Tac-Toe (2 players)
- On a 8 ½” x 11” piece of paper draw a regular tic-tac-toe board or make it fancy – like the picket fence-inspired board in the picture
- To make the fence-inspired board on a colored background, cut 2 9-inch-long x 3/4-inch wide strips of white paper, cutting a pointed tip at one or both ends. Cut 2 white 8-inch x 3/4-inch strips of paper with a pointed tip at one or both ends. Glue the strips to the background.
- Each player chooses a set of chickens with the same colored wings
- Play the game as you usually do
Find the Matching Eggs (2 or more players)
- Have one player hide one egg under each chicken
- Shuffle the eggs around and form them into three lines of 4 chickens each
- Another player lifts one chicken at a time to find matching eggs. If the eggs don’t match, put both chickens back and start again
Where’s the Chick?
- Use as many chickens and eggs as you want (fewer for younger children, more for older)
- One player hides the chick under one of the chickens and eggs under the others.
- Another player has three chances to find the chick
I’m sure you can also design your own games for your adorable chickens to play! With more chickens you can even make a checkers set or replicate another of your favorite board games!