Hands-on learning is the best kind of learning. Let kids explore farm animal science in this Life Cycle of a Chicken Sensory Bin. This lesson can be used with preschoolers and students in early elementary.
You can set up this sensory bin as part of a Farm unit. It’s a cute way to introduce the farm unit or set up a sensory station in your home or classroom. This is also a super cute activity to do in the springtime.
Life Cycle of a Chicken Sensory Bin:
- plastic bin
- popcorn seeds
- dry noodles (like the kind you use in chicken noodle soup ironically!)*
- life cycle of a chicken pack
- optional: scoops or spoons
Note: *I found my dry noodles at the bulk foods store.
- Place the popcorn kernels and dry noodles in a plastic bin.
- Add the figures from the life cycle of a chicken pack.
- Invite your child to explore and play.
Ways to expand this activity:
- Set out books about farm animals and/or chickens nearby to expand on this activity.
- Talk about the sounds chickens make and have your child imitate the noise.
- Discuss what kinds of things we use eggs for.
- Make a recipe that uses eggs together.
- Learn more about chickens and raising chickens using the resources listed below.
- Visit a local farm.
- Raise chicks.
The stages of development of a chicken are:
- egg development
- pullet (adolescent)
If your kids want to learn more about chickens, here are some resources to help you expand their knowledge:
Check out some of our other Life Cycle Sensory Bins: