Interrupting Chicken: read and craft

Do you know an "interrupting chicken"?

Someone who does not seem able to let another person finish their story or what they were saying  without jumping in and finishing for them.

Every kindergarten class has a goodly share of interrupting chickens.

That make David Ezra Stein's book pure gold.

Interrupting Chicken
author and illustrator: David Ezra Stein
publisher: Candlewick Press (2010)
awards: 2011 Caldecott Honourable Mention

summaryIt’s time for the little red chicken’s bedtime story —and a reminder from Papa to try not to interrupt. But the chicken can’t help herself! Whether the tale is Hansel and Gretel or Little Red Riding Hood or even Chicken Little, she jumps into the story to save its hapless characters from doing some dangerous or silly thing. Now it’s the little red chicken’s turn to tell a story, but will her yawning papa make it to the end without his own kind of interrupting? (Goodreads

Interrupting Chicken is one of our back to school "must reads". It is a fun story, has captivating (and award winning) illustrations, and has an important message. The story provides a friendly way to start the (on-going) discussion about interrupting. When we remind people not be interrupting chickens, everyone knows what we mean!

To continue to conversation about interrupting and make a deeper connection with the story, we made our own Interrupting Chickens.

Each child started with a cut out red handprint and some green tail feathers. 

We looked at the pictures of the chicken - their red head feathers, their green tail feathers and their fun chicken feet. 

image: Candlewick Press

And then the kids went to work.  

Each Interrupting Chicken had it's own creativity and personality. 

artist created green tail feathers

serious chicken knees

quickly running chicken

a chicken wearing a dress with a lot to say

I love seeing the individuality of their creations, even when each child has the same materials. 

Learn more about David Ezra Stein

More Interrupting Chicken activities/extensions.



  1. I love seeing their creativity in activities like that too! Love that book! Thank you for sharing-a reminder of another tool I can use to help show why we need to wait out turn to speak. :)

    Not Just Child's Play

  2. Those are great! We love that book, too.


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