Big Fat Hen!

By: Lucy

Mar 27 2013

Category: yellowpop

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Sean’s school had a nursery skit show and Sean and his friend were responsible for the rhyme, “1,2 Buckle My Shoe”. The parents are responsible for the costumes and the props. Besides the shirts, I also made this big, fat hen.

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It started as this globe that we made from paper mache a few years ago. I crinkled some newspaper in the shape of a head and used masking tape to give it shape and to connect it to the globe.

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I also added a little tail to the back to balance it and to give it a chicken butt. At this point, it would have been good for me to gesso the whole thing white but I didn’t have time so I just started gluing on the tissue paper. First you cut the tissue into scalloped strips. Then use regular white glue and write a line on the bottom so the rest can stick out and be fluffy like feathers. I started in the back and went forward.

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I tightened some newspaper and used masking tape to shape some feet. I used orange acrylic paint to color the beak and the feet. I attached them to the two cut-outs I made on the bottom of the chicken.

IMG_6712It is hollow on the inside which seems like a waste of space. We just went to an Easter hunt yesterday so I decided to stuff a bunch of Easter eggs inside. I reused the eggs with the candies that I didn’t want to keep (anything without chocolate in it) and placed some stickers in our extra eggs. Then I used some tissue strips to seal it up.

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Here’s Sean taking the big, fat hen to school.

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I forgot to attach the red wattle and comb made from felt so I did it right before the show.

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Here are the kids pulling on the legs making the eggs fall out. Of course, Sean grabbed a lot of eggs so the candy I was trying to get rid of got brought back home.

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And here is Sean in his shirt holding the sticks for the rhyme. Even though he spoke very softly, he did a great job with eye contact. The parents did a fantastic job with the costumes and props and we had a wonderful show.

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  1. He handled it like a champ.

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