Bird Art Activities
Bird Art activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and older children.
Easy to make birds nest
Glue artificial “Easter” grass into a coffee filter! You can buy brown recycled filters for cheaper than regular white ones. Very cute.
What you need: 1/2 plastic Easter egg, straw, hay, or anything to resemble what is in a birds nest, glue, Ellison die cut bird shapes, plaster, brown yarn/string Have children design a bird nest in the plastic egg with the Ellison die cut bird, glue all items in, children can use yarn/string for a worm in birds mouth, may also use cotton balls (blue for Robbins, etc) for eggs. Have children make a base using the plaster.
Materials: feathers, paper, tempera paint
Have the children paint a picture using a feather as a paintbrush. provide a variety of feathers to obtain variation in pictures. I like to use a construction paper cut out of a bird and let them feather paint it.
2 empty rolls of toilet paper have children paint them. then decorate with stickers, punch 2 holes in each tube. take a piece of yarn long enough to go around their necks tie in each hole where you have a telescope to watch the birds.
My daughter did this project in her class, and I’m amazed at how life like it is.
Paint each child’s hand well, have them rub their hands together, then with their wrists together press their hands to a piece of paper. Give them shapes for the body of the bird, two ovals, and a circle to cut out. One oval is the bird’s head, the other is his lower half and tail, with the circle his upper body. Help them cut triangularly shaped beaks and use markers to make the eyes.
These make great parrots or toucans.
Birds nest-Mix 2-cups of grass clippings with fabric stiffener. Mix with fingers until barely damp. Line muffin tin or bowls with plastic bags. Press grass mixer around sides and bottom to form a nest. Bake at 150 degrees for 30 min. to an hour. AS soon as nest will hold its shape, remove from pan and place on oven rack and continue to bake for 1-2 hours. Let children decorate the rim of the nest with dried flowers and glue a mini bird inside, or make eggs out of dough and paint speckles on them.
Dove handprint white construction paper
Trace child’s hand on a folded piece of construction paper thumb out fingers together. Glue to pieces together thumb is the face of the dove and glue only palms of the area. fold fingers down on both sides. Very cute.
Several wind-up birds from the 99 Cent store
Let the children paint the feet of the birds. Wind them up and let the birds make tracks all over the butcher paper!
Supplies: Chow mein noodles, styrofoam bowls, glue, candy robin eggs
Take a styrofoam bowl & have the kids put glue in the bottom. You then put the chow mein noodles on the glue, put more glue & the robin eggs around. It looks just like a bird’s nest. The 2 yr. olds love it!!
Nest Building…Take the children on a nature walk. Have them collect “treasures” such as flowers, leaves, and sticks. Let them glue the items onto a cutout of a nest. For the bird I just let them glue feathers on a bird shape to attach to the nest. The kids love to use their treasures in a project.