I just received and watched an adorable video of my two-year-old nephew, Emilio, playing the drum and singing Los Pollitos (The little chicks). Los Pollitos is a Spanish-language nursery rhyme and one of the first songs children learn not only in Colombia, but in many other Spanish-speaking countries (lyrics below*).
In a previous post, we made origami cats for Emilio. Now, to celebrate his having learned Los Pollitos, I’d like to offer a video tutorial for a charming origami chicken. This is a very special origami chicken, because it’s a box as well. All kinds of delicious treats may be placed in it!
Make many chickens and an origami hen, You will then have all the characters mentioned in this traditional song!
This origami chicken was created by the late Simon Andersen, an origami artist from Denmark.
Simon’s chick seems to have hatched from the eggs laid by my origami hen. While the folding processes are different between these two models the results are quite similar and both may be used as containers!
Much of Simon’s work may be viewed at Hans Dybkjær’s website, Papirfoldning.
Tips and Ideas to make this Origami Chicken
- Use 3×3-inch paper for making a small model
- Place a wrapped candy inside to make it look like the tail of the chicken. (Thank you Tricia Tait for the idea!)
- A 6×6 inch paper will provide room for several candies or small items.
- Thin paper like “Kami” –known in the US as “origami paper” works well.
- Office paper works too.
- Fold the base of each chicken at different angles for individual expression –see video.
- Use the model during festive traditional or personal occasions such as Easter, a children’s party favor, a baby shower.
- Make a set of hen and chicks for Mom on Mother’s Day!
- To make chicks for the hen, use square paper whose side is half or a third of the one you used for the hen.
- Color the beak red and add a couple of dots as eyes.
- Decorate a cake with models as we did for Emilio at his baptism.
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Here are the lyrics both in Spanish and English.
Los pollitos dicen
“Pío, pío, pío”
Cuando tienen hambre
Cuando tienen frío.
La gallina busca
El maíz y el trigo,
les da la comida
y les presta abrigo.
Bajo sus dos alas,
duermen los pollitos
hasta el otro día.
Cuando se levantan,
tengo mucha hambre,
The Little Chicks
The little chicks say
“Pio, pio, pio”
whenever they’re hungry
whenever they’re cold.
The hen looks for
corn and wheat
she gives them food
and shelters them.
Under her two wings
she cuddles them,
and until the next day
the chicks sleep.
When they wake up,
they say “mommy mommy,
we are very hungry,
feed us some worms.
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