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Which Came First: the Chicken or the Egg? Activity

Answer the age-old question with your class!

 

A selection of compound words are split in two, with half of the word being written on a template of a chick, and the other half of the word being written on a template of an egg. (For example, ‘cup’ may be written on the chick, and ‘cake’ may be written on the egg.)

 

The children must then identify the words that can be created by matching one egg and one chick. For example, ‘cupfoot’ and ‘ballcake’ would be incorrect, as would ‘ballfoot’ and ‘cakecup’, but ‘football’ and ‘cupcake’ would be correct! This allows children to create different compound words and look at which part of the compound word comes first. (Hence, which came first, the chicken or the egg!)