It's always exciting when your child spots a bird in your backyard, especially since they come in so many different colors and sizes. Maybe your local birds aren't as colorful as the ones in more tropical areas, so here's an activity to brighten things up a bit! Craft your own bird out of a paper bag, bright paint, and a pair of googly eyes. This fun activity is perfect to do in the spring, and opens up the opportunity to teach your kindergartener about birds. So get ready to make your very own Rockin' Robin, Chicken Little, or Woody the Woodpecker to hang in your home!
What You Need:
- Brown paper lunch bag
- Tempera paint
- Yellow or orange construction paper
- Rubber band
- Glue stick
- Googly eyes
- Soda bottle or vase taller than the paper bag
- Optional: Glitter, feathers, sequins, acrylic gems, beads, buttons
What You Do:
- Place a folded paper bag in front of your child and encourage her to paint both sides with bright colors. Let dry.
- Unfold the bag and paint its sides and any areas that may have been missed. Let dry.
- Help your child place the open bag over a bottle to help it stand up on its own.
- Encourage her to glue on any decorative materials she likes such as glitter, beads, feathers, etc.
- Help her to ball up newspaper to about the size of a baseball. This will be stuffing for the bird.
- Stuff the ball of crumpled paper into top of the bag to create the bird's head. Rubber band it into place.
- Cut long strips about 1" in width of the remaining painted paper bag to create some feathers. Use a pencil to roll them from the end of the paper up to the rubber band.
- Fold a piece of construction paper in half. Draw a triangle with the base matching the fold. Keeping the paper folded, cut out two sides of the triangle, keeping the fold attached. You should end up with a diamond shape.
- Fold the diamond shape in half lengthwise. Unfold it and fold it in half widthwise again to create a beak. Glue the beak to the bird's face.
- Keeping the construction paper folded, have your child draw a bird wing, then cut it out with scissors to create two identical wings.
- Glue the wings to the sides of the bird.
- Finally, have her glue the googly eyes in place to give her bird a personality.