We had three new family members and the babes love them. They would move in with the chickens if we'd let them. Their favorite activity to do when we are home is go play with their baby chickens.
At first Elliott was tentative, but he learned quickly that they were lots of fun and not going to hurt him.
Lucia named her chicken Spot Chicken; Mazie named her chicken Darlin'; Elliott named his chicken Spot also.
When I am working in the garden, the children come down with me and play with their chickens. It works well. I let them torment the chicks so they don't torment me.