The North American Robin is a common sight in yards across the nation throughout the spring and summer. Their bright red or orange bellies make them easy to identify on a walk through your neighbourhood. Crafts featuring the robin can be used during lessons about birds or as an entertaining activity on a rainy day.
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Felt Stuffed Robin
Print a template of a robin. (See Resource 1) If you prefer you can draw the bird freehand. Using felt and scissors, cut out two brown body parts, one circle red belly, two yellow feet and one yellow beak. Sew the top of the body pieces together, place toy stuffing inside and insert the feet between the bottom of the two body pieces. Sew the pieces together. With fabric glue, glue the belly and beak into place, and add a pair of googly eyes.
Robin Finger Puppet
Draw two small circles on brown construction paper. Glue the pieces together along the sides and top. Ensure you leave the bottom open to allow space for fingers. Draw two triangle shapes with scalloped edges to create wings, and glue them on either side of the circle. Cut a small red circle, and gently glue to the centre of the circle. Cut a small triangle, and glue it on as the beak of the bird. Finish up by drawing on eyes with a black marker.
Edible Robin's Nests
Melt a cup of chocolate or peanut butter chips in a small sauce pan. Mix in 1 1/2 cups of Chow Mein noodles. Spoon the mixture into the cups of a muffin pan, and press the centres with a spoon to create a nest shape. Once the mixture is cool, place several blue candies inside the nests.
Paper Plate Robin
Fold a paper plate in half and paint brown. Fold a piece of brown construction paper in half. Trace a handprint on the paper and cut it out to create two tail feathers. Glue the tail feathers to the left hand corner of the paper plate. Cut a brown circle for a head, and glue on a yellow triangle to create a beak. Glue googly eyes to the circle head before attaching it to the paper plate across from the tail feathers. Paint the robin's belly red with red glitter glue or paint.
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