This bird craft for kids is a great option when it comes to spring process art ideas! The open-ended nature of this activity led to a variety of fun art.
We love all sorts of arts and crafts in my preschool classroom (and at home, too)! When we were learning about pets, I set up this bird-themed invitation to create that the kids had so much fun with!
open-ended bird craft for kids
This bird craft is super simple. You only need a few things to get started. Here’s what you’ll need (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
I placed a basket of craft feathers on our free art table. I added construction paper, markers, scissors, glue, and sticker eyes. Nothing remotely fancy, and it only took a few minutes to set up. When I introduced the activity to the kiddos, I did mention that they could create their own pet birds with the art materials.
How the Kids Created
I sat down with the kiddos and made my own bird as they were creating. I must admit that I spent more time watching them and chatting away than anything else! Many of the kiddos used markers to create the birds’ bodies, although a few used paper.
From there, the feathers were added. Some used just a few feathers on their birds, while others enjoyed a plethora of feathers! Then the birds’ facial features were added. I loved how the eye stickers added even more whimsy to the pet birds.
The feathery creations were put up on our classroom walls once they’d dried. I can’t help but smile every time I pass by them!
Ideas for Next Time
I found it very interesting that the kiddos were super detail-oriented when creating their pet birds. This isn’t so unusual, of course. I’m just used to seeing some less-formed art alongside the super-detailed art. I’m pretty sure this is because I was sitting with the kiddos, creating alongside them. I think it’s important for my students to see me involved in their daily activities. However, I also don’t want to accidentally interfere with their creative process. So next time I think I’ll still sit and interact with the children as they create. But I may wait to start on my own art until after they’re farther along in their process.
Have you ever set up a bird craft for kids? What different materials and ideas do you have to share? I’d love some more ideas to try out next time.
If you’re looking for more pet-related ideas, please check out my Pet Theme Pinterest Board.
For more bird-specific ideas, I have a Bird Theme Pinterest Board, too!
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