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Many of the world's most important historical documents were written with quill pens. Show your child how to make his own quill pen, and then have him experiment writing with it—just like Washington and Jefferson.
The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Magna Carta, and many other vital documents were written and signed with quill pens. In fact, the word "pen" comes from the Latin word "penna", which means feather.
Help your child step into Franklin, Paine, and other forefathers' footsteps, by teaching him to make his own quill pen. By the time students have mastered the skills of penmanship they can begin to appreciate ways to make writing unique. Every quill writes differently and your child can see how his penmanship changes with unusual tools.
Find your own feathers during a nature walk, or take a trip to a craft store to buy a package. Throughout history, quill pens were made from the flight feathers (preferably the largest wing feathers) of large birds. Here's how your child can make his own!