How to make a cardboard bird

Updated July 20, 2017

Children enjoy learning about the common animals they see and hear around them, making them naturally curious about different kinds of birds. Birds are also a favourite animal because they can do what children can only dream of -- fly. Make a simple bird out of cardboard with your child and decorate it with craft feathers. You can elaborate on the craft by poking a hole in the bird's body to allow it to hang from a hook on the ceiling as though it is flying.

Draw the simple shape of a bird body on a piece of cardboard in pencil. Make a half-circle with the rounded part facing down for the body and add a circle on the right point of the half-circle for the bird's head. Include a triangle protruding from the circle to serve as the bird's beak.

Have your child put his hands on another piece of cardboard with his wrists touching and fingers splayed out to the side, palms flat on the cardboard. Trace around your child's hands and fingers to create the wings. Trace one continuous shape of connected hands, not individual hands.

Cut out the bird body and wings with scissors. Cut a slit into the bird's body at the centre of the top edge of the cardboard, just after the head. This is where the wings will attach. Cut a slit into the wings, into the edge of the cardboard where the wrists meet.

Decorate the bird, drawing eyes and feather patterns as well as gluing craft feathers onto the bird's body and wings. Allow the glue to dry.

Insert the slit in the wings into the other slit, attaching the wings to the body.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • White glue
  • Markers
  • Craft feathers
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