We started off by observing our girls while they scratched around in the run. We took our colored pencils and sketchbooks with us and focused on their heads, tails and feet:
In this one above, Syler was really intent on capturing all the intricate details of the comb, the waddle, the ears, and especially the four toes.
Violet sounded out the work "chicken" all on her own. I believe the second word is "beak."
The next day, we collected feathers from the run and labeled them. Sy was able to make out the quill, the fluff and the barb of a tail feather (above).
Violet found a wing feather and was able to distinguish between the quill and the fluff.