I would have the kids paint a paper yellow for the texture, before collaging it for the chick. I do like using the feathers too. It would be good for teaching the difference between simulated and actual texture.
Cute & Easy! I will make a pattern using card stock and pink paper, have kids glue together and just tape the ears to the headbands and tape headbands to size of child's head. Template for ears www.docstoc.com