Chicken Licken, everybody’s favourite poultry tale! In the picture Chicken Licken looks like he’s smoking. He’s not I can assure you . Apart from anything the material he’s stood on was so cheap he runs the risk of being KFC before the acorn hits him!
Chicken Licken was one of my favourite tales as a child, mostly because my mum used to put on a silly voice and say all the names of the birds a high speed. I never tired of hearing her say all the names, normally getting them a bit mixed up! This is a really nice Communication and Language exercise to do with the kids. Ask them who they can remember from the story. You can use the songs we sang as a prompt for them – Chicken Licken, Henny Penny, Cocky Locky, Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey, Turkey Lurkey, Foxy Loxy. How fast can they go?
Get the kids physically active by getting them to flap their wings and scratch their feet like a chicken. One little girl told me that she likes to put rubber gloves on her feet and pretend to be a chicken! It’s also good fun to practise the pecking but make it a kiss!
There’s a chance to address self confidence by having a chat about why all the birds followed chicken licken. What should those birds have asked themselves before following chicken licken into the den of Foxy Loxy!
If you’re at the stage of exploring phonics and words with your little one this is a great story to talk about the ‘y’ sounding like an ‘e’ when it appears on the end of a word i.e. henny or penny or cocky!
Finally, so much fun to be had with mum and dad pretending to be Foxy Loxy and your little ones being the birds.
Chicken nuggets for tea?