Here's a simple fuzzy chick your little one can cuddle and kiss all she wants!
My kiddo was so excited this week when he got to see some baby chicks hatch! He'd been checking on the eggs a couple times each week and was so happy to finally see some fluffy little butts running around in the pen.
While toddlers holding baby chicks is cute in theory, in practice, it isn't so kind to the fur balls. So we settled in to make a cuddly little substitute he can hold and smooch as much he likes without ruffling any feathers.
What you'll need:
A small amount of orange felt
Needle and thread
Forks, one large and one small
Our first goal is to make two different sized pom poms, one just a bit larger than the other. Making a pom pom is easier than you might think. If you can wrap yarn, tie a knot, and use scissors, then you can make pom poms!
Once you see how easy it is, look around the internet for other pom pom crafts you can make - there are so many cute things you can do!
A quick and easy way to make a pom pom is by using a fork! Wrap your yarn around your fork. The more yarn you use, the fluffier your pom pom will be. A couple of tricks - if your fork tapers, try to wrap all the yarn in one spot. Also, don't wrap too tightly or it will be difficult to cut in the following steps.
Once you've wrapped up your fork, thread a piece of yarn through the center of the tines and tie it as tightly as possible, creating a bowtie look. If, like me, your larger fork has an odd number of tines, you will need to carefully slip the yarn off the fork and then tie it in the middle.
Next, cut along each side of the fork. (Or, if you have already slipped it off your fork, insert your scissors through the loops on each side of your yarn bowtie and cut it that way.)
Once cut, slide it off your fork and fluff it into a ball. It will look scraggly - that's totally fine!
Now's the time to bring out your inner sculptor, or perhaps hairdresser. Start snipping at that ball until it is no longer scraggly and is a nice fluffy sphere. Beware cutting too much or you will wind up with a teeny tiny chick. Start by giving it a trim, then you can snip off more from there.
Once you've trimmed down your two pom poms (one should be slightly larger than the other) it's time to string them together. Run your needle through the center of each ball so that the thread goes through the string you tied to keep it all together. Then simply pull that tight and tie a knot to get your two pom poms to hold together. You can use glue if you would rather, but the string makes for a fluffier chick that holds up better.
Cut out a beak and some feet and glue them on. I found it helpful to trim down the pom pom a bit more on the chicks face before gluing on his eyes and beak.
Let it dry, then cuddle away!