[originally posted 6/12/19 * updated 8/15/20]
It's picnic season around here. This week, we made Perfect Picnic Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe. And we decided to jazz up our picnic by making some decorative chicken head napkin rings. This craft is super simple and involves something you most likely already have laying around your house: empty toilet paper rolls!
The trickiest part of this craft is cutting out the chicken head shape from the toilet paper roll. Grown-ups or older siblings might need to help trace the shape of the chicken on the toilet paper roll and cut along the lines of the tracing.
As a bonus, you can keep using this craft every time you picnic or have a dinner party! Kids can feel good about contributing to the table setting. Also, you can make other animal napkin rings based on the theme of your meal. Turkey napkin rings for Thanksgiving? Chick napkin rings for Easter? The possibilities are endless!
This craft also provides a great opportunity to share some fun facts about this meal's featured ingredient:
- Chickens are the most common birds on earth.
- Female chickens are called hens and male chickens are called roosters.
- Chickens are raised mainly for their eggs and meat.
- A hen's eggs can be many colors, especially white, brown, and green.
- Chicken is high in protein and pretty low in calories, except for the skin.
- Chicken is also rich in important vitamins and nutrients like B vitamins and vitamin D, which help keep our bodies healthy and strong.
Featured Ingredient: Chicken
Corresponding Recipe: Perfect Picnic Chicken Salad Sandwich
Skills supported: Fine motor (drawing, cutting, painting, gluing), following instructions
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Consider setting up the craft before cooking so kids can get to work right away.
1. Trace the outline of your chicken head on your empty toilet paper roll(s). Cut along the lines to form your chicken head napkin ring.
2. Paint the chicken's head white and his comb red.
3. Cut out a small orange triangle for the chicken's beak. Once the chicken's paint is dry, glue the beak onto the chicken's face. Use a black marker to give your chicken eyes.
4. Thread your napkin(s) through the napkin ring(s) and enjoy your festive meal!
Note: *For toddlers especially, these tasks may require adult supervision and/or assistance.