This unit has been about how God gave us Springtime [I work at a faith based facility] and all the things that come with it such as flowers, ducks, butterflies. This project was actually impromptu because the morning teacher and I failed to coordinate what our art projects were going to be. I was planning on doing a paint+butterfly wings project, but when I came in one day the morning teacher had done a very similar project with butterflies. Opps. Because I didn't want to have the kids do basically the same project twice, and have 50 butterflies hanging around the room [now that I say it like that it sounds kinda pretty..] I wanted to come up with a new idea. We had this big bag full of colorful feathers just begging to be used so I decided to make birds instead!
I drew an outline of a bird on a piece of construction paper, and since I was just eyeballing it it wasn't perfect. I trimmed it out to be more symmetrical then retraced it and fixed it until I was happy with the results. This waste a couple pieces of construction paper, but I'm sure if you prepare in advance you can find a stencil or pattern to use.
Then I added glue to the wings and tails, because this is where I wanted the concentration of feathers to be.
A little messy, but not that bad. I just swept the floor AND table with a broom afterward to get the feathers, and dried glue isn't hard to clean up.
Here is the final result!!! I'm so happy with them, and how simple it turned out to be.
Above is Bri's bird. She is the newest kid in my class, and just had a ball layering all the pretty feathers on top of each other. Although in my head I had wanted the feathers to only be on the wings and tail, her creativity took over mine, and I think it looks great!
I learned arts and crafts don't have to be nightmarish just because you're working with young children. I just have to let them be creative, have fun, and not be afraid of a little mess! I really had to remember this when we made birds nests...
Until next time! =]