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Paper Plate Baby Chick Craft | Free Template!

Hello Daydreamers.

Want a fun project to do with your kids whenever the mood strikes?

Try out the adorable Paper Plate Baby Chick craft! It’s simple, fun, and a great way to spend quality time with your little ones. And to make things even easier, I’ve got a free template ready for you. Just cut, glue, and enjoy the crafting process without any fuss.

baby chicks (hatching) craft mase with paper plates, paint and template

There are also extra tips so your kids can customize their baby chick. I’ve provided many options if you want the baby chick hatching, completely hatched, halfway hatched, with a comb, etc.!

easy paper plate baby chick craft for kids

So, why not give it a go? Let’s make some cute chicks together!


  • Template (download at the end of the article; you don’t need to subscribe!)
  • 9-inch paper plate
  • Scissors
  • White cardstock (you can also print in yellow and orange cardstock)
  • Glue*
  • Yellow Paint
  • Colors (optional)
  • Markers (optional)

*The picture shows a glue stick, but regular glue works best. It’s a little hard to glue on top of paint.

materials for paper plate chick craft.

Super tip: If you don’t have a paper plate, use white or yellow cardstock and cut in 8-9in diameter.

I’ve designed this craft so you can make it as easy or as complicated as you’d like. You can even buy yellow paper plates and have zero paint mess.

The point is that you can have the child color or print the colored pages.

Step 1 – Print Chick Template

Print the template pages that best fit you (at the end of this tutorial). The printable has options for printing the wings, legs, beak, and comb if you only have a black-and-white printer and want your child to color.

You can also print the wings on yellow paper and the legs and beak on orange paper.

There are two pages for the eyes and the eggshells that should be printed on white paper.

Step 2 – Paint

Always start with painting! Drying takes longer; believe me, your child will want to glue as soon as he’s done cutting.

paint paper plate yellow

Step 3 – Cut Template

While your paper plate is drying, cut the pieces of the template you want to use. There are two sets of eyes, eggshell (top and bottom), wings, beak, and legs.

Step 4 – Glue

I included some assembly ideas on the template for your convenience. You can ask your child which chick he prefers to build.

I will be assembling the first one.

look assemble ideas to see how you want to glue the craft.

Start with the legs!

glue legs on chick

As you can see, I started with the gluestick but quickly discovered it wasn’t a good idea!

glue eggshell for paper plate chick craft.

Next, you’ll want to glue the bottom eggshell. The template is set to fit a 9-inch-diameter plate. If yours is a bit smaller, you can adjust it with scissors.

glue top of eggshell on chick

Now, glue the top eggshell. Make sure you leave enough room for the eyes.

Tip: If your plate is sticking out on the sides, like the picture below, use some scissors to even out all edges.

cut around the edges of the chick to smooth out lines

Finally, glue the wings!

glue wings to chick

Doesn’t it look adorable?

A little hatching chick!

hatching paper plate chick craft

Other Assembly Ideas

Here’s another way to construct your baby chick! I love it; it looks vibrant (yellow is my favorite color).

option for paper plate chick craft - comb on top, legs and wings.

You can also glue the bottom part of the eggshell and glue the comb instead!

option for paper plate chick craft - comb on top, legs and only half of the eggshell

You can also leave the legs out, as in the following picture.

hatchin baby chick

The only requirement for this craft is to have fun!

Want an extra small baby chick paper plate?

I made an extra small baby chick with a 6-inch plate! Isn’t it cute?

three different paper plate chick crafts

You can do this by scaling the printable anywhere from 60% to 70%.

printing instruction for using a smaller plate

Download Template!

Just as I mentioned, here’s the chick template for your craft! Click the image or yellow button to open, save, or print the PDF.


Just so you know, I also have a library full of free SVG files and Printables for all my subscribers, a.k.a. Daydreamers. You can see a preview right here or get access by filling out this form.

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So there you have it—a variety of fun and cute paper plate baby chicks to make with your children. Remember to keep things interesting by mixing and matching parts of the template!

Happy Crafting!

three different paper plate chick crafts

Baby Chick Paper Plate Craft

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Template
  • 9-inch paper plate
  • White cardstock (you can also print in yellow and orange cardstock)
  • Glue*
  • Yellow Paint


  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paint brush


  1. Download the template and cut the pieces you want to use.
  2. Paint the paper plate yellow and set it aside.
  3. Cut the parts of the template you want to use.
  4. Glue all the chick parts on the paper plate. If you decide to do a hatching chick, make sure you leave room for the eyes and beak.
easy paper plate baby chick craft for kids
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