(idea source @ Pinterest: cbc.ca)
Pen had a lot of fun with this activity, mostly because of the feathers and glue stick, I think. This was a fun one because she had something to show Daddy when he got home from work, too. Plus, birds are just fun.
Paper plate Birds
Paper plates (1 per bird, I used the really thin kind)
- some construction paper cut into strips, for the tail
- eyes – buttons, or if you’re afraid of choking, like me, then just a couple small circles cut from paper
- glue stick
- (optional) crayons
- (optional) gallon bag to hold supplies
This does involve some pre-setup, but I did everything in advance, so when the activity was actually needed/used, there was no setup other than pulling stuff out of the bag. The pre-setup is mostly hunting and gathering the supplies together, plus cutting some construction paper into strips and little circles.
My toddler loved this activity and had fun playing with the glue stick for a while. She got into choosing feathers, coloring with crayons, and sticking on tail strips, lasting quite a while on this activity. Her play was much more about the process and working with the materials than making a finished product, not surprisingly, so I did make sure a few feathers ended up on the plate in the end. She loved exploring the feathers that I had bought from Hobby Lobby, so this activity will definitely be a hit again.
Well, this was fun, but educational value would simply be fine motor skills, thanks to gluing and coloring, and anything else would depend on whether I teach colors or about birds and their anatomy…one of these days.
The only cleanup is to wipe off any sticky glue residue although my feathers had little somethings in with them that I had to dust-bust up or wipe off of the table, don’t know why…not bad.