Writing with a Quill Pen
On September 17, 1787, our founding fathers used quill pens (made of swan, goose, or turkey feathers) to sign the US Constitution. In this activity, your child can go back in time and experience what it was like to sign this historic document by writing with his own homemade quill pens. As he writes, he'll practice his penmanship and develop his fine motor skills. Don't worry if he's a little frustrated at first—keeping your penmanship neat is hard enough with a regular ball point pen, but a quill pen requires a little extra patience and practice.
What You Need:
- 2-3 craft feathers, medium-sized with thick tips
- Washable black paint
- Plastic tray or bowl (to hold the paint)
- Razor blade (for adult use only, of course)