Flying Bird Fact-Finds

Why

Display information about backyard birds on 3-D bird mobiles.


Steps

1. Research various topics on local backyard birds, including how to recognize birds, what different species like to eat, how birds drink and bathe, and where they live. Choose interesting facts to post on a hanging bird mobile.


2. Fold a piece of grocery bag paper in half. Use a Crayola® Construction Paper™ Crayon to outline half of a bird on one side. Beginning at the fold, draw half of the head, continuing with the spread wing, returning again to the fold with half of the tail feathers. Cut out your bird with Crayola Scissors.


3. Design the bird's plumage with crayons, referring to resources to make a backyard bird that can be found in your area. Color the bird's feathers on both the top and underside. Attach colorful craft feathers with Crayola School Glue.


4. Tie a string or yarn to the center of a craft stick. Glue the craft stick to the underside of the bird going across the body from wing to wing so the string will hang down below the bird. Dry.


5. Fold three pieces of construction paper in half, gluing the back of one half to the back of another piece so all three are glued together. Dry.


6. Write interesting facts on each side of the folded paper using Crayola Markers. Attach string on the bird to the center of the fold and hang from the ceiling.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.

Wood—By its nature, wood is rough and may contain splinters or sharp points

Adaptations

  • Write reminders to feed birds on mobiles. Post in hallways to remind others about National Wild Birdfeeding Month in February. Attach colorful strips of crepe paper to attract attention.
  • Make bird feeders for a Feed the Birds Day. Each child seeks directions and materials and builds a unique bird feeder to show the class. Close adult supervision is required to ensure safety.
  • Make a variety of birdseed mixes, prepare suet, decorate trees on school grounds with simple berry and popcorn chains. Visit a bird sanctuary and sketch birds at rest and in flight.
  • Younger students can work in teams of 2 or 3 to compile information and cooperatively construct bird mobile.

Related Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Construction Paper™ Crayons
  • Markers
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • brown paper grocery bag
  • craft sticks
  • craft feathers
  • ribbon, string, or yarn

Overview

grades

  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12

subjects

  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Visual Arts

time

  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Students investigate how to watch, feed, and shelter backyard birds.

  • Children design a paper bird similar to one local species.

  • Students construct three-dimensional mobiles to display information they gather about birds.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards