Birds of a Feather
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Birds of a Feather

Age Range: 3-5
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Messy Rating:
1 2 3 4 5
Uses Recycled Items: Yes
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Material List

  • Aleene's "Tacky" Glue®
  • Creatology™ Chenille Stem
  • Feathers
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard Paper Towel Tube
  • Pencil

Developmental Skills

  • Visual/Spatial
  • Cognitive

Project Instructions

  1. Cut the paper towel tube to the desired length and glue on feathers according to the type of bird being depicted.
  2. Twist and mold the chenille stems so that they resemble the head, beak and feet of the assigned bird. Leave ends of the stems free so that they can be attached to the tube.
  3. Teachers, using a sharpened pencil or other pointed object, poke small holes in the tube where the chenille stems will be attached.
  4. Poke the ends of the molded stems (head, beak and feet) through the holes. If possible, twist to secure. If not, use a dab of glue.
  5. Allow to dry, then bend the chenille stems so that the bird can balance on its legs and so its head is in the correct position.
  6. Using the last chenille stems, bend them in a webbed foot shape and twist the rest up the legs for stability.

Craft Notes

Adult supervision is required at all times. Save cardboard paper towel tubes.


Birds are more mobile than other animals because they can fly. Define migratory and non-migratory birds, explaining that many birds migrate when the seasons change. Each bird species prefers certain climates and needs certain temperatures, water and food to survive. Help the students to make a list of the birds in their communities. Are these birds around all year? When do some birds arrive or leave their communities? Where do they migrate to? To complete this unit of study, have the students choose their favorite bird and create a 3-D model of their bird.