Are you learning about birds at the moment? Add these adorable feathered friends bird crafts to your lessons and have fun creating! They are so easy to make and you only need a few basic craft items.
You will need:
- Polystyrene balls (one large and one smaller ball for each bird)
- Wooden Skewers
- Small piece of foam or cardboard and / or false nails
- Googly eyes
- Recycled container
- Piece of flat polystyrene
- Sisal or coconut hair
What to do:
Start by painting the polystyrene balls. The easiest way is to insert a wooden skewer into the ball. This is also a great exercise for fine motor skills. Use as many colors and patterns as you like. Let the balls dry by “planting” the skewers in a tin filled with sand.
Once the paint is dry, make the head and body of the bird. Cut a toothpick in half, insert it into the bigger ball and attach the smaller ball to the other end of the toothpick. You can use a drop of glue to secure the balls to the toothpick. Use a toothpick to poke two small holes in both sides and the back of the larger ball. Use a drop of glue and insert the feathers to make the wings and tail.
For the beak, you cut a small piece of toothpick, insert it in place. Cut a tiny piece of foam in a triangle, fold it in half and glue it over the toothpick. You can also use false nails for the beaks. Simply insert the nails into the ball by applying a bit of pressure. Glue the eyes in place.
Make the nest – I used a recycled container. I preferred to leave it natural looking instead of painting. Put a square piece of polystyrene in the container. Add Sisal or Coconut hair on top.
Finish off by putting the birds into their nest. Cut the wooden skewers shorter. Cut in different lengths. Push the end of the skewers into the polystyrene base in the nest.
TIP: You can also always save this idea for Easter and hide a few chocolate eggs in the nest.
A great bird craft when you are learning about birds, or, any time! PS: Have you seen these Birds & Bugs craft reusing CDs?