Bird Week Day One - eating like birds
Bird Week Day Two - building like birds
Bird Week Day Three - talking like birds
When I told Sam that we were going to make wings for us today she got very excited about the idea that we were going to get to fly like birds. I had to work really hard to explain to her that we were just going to be pretending to fly and that even though we would have wings we still wouldn't really be able to fly like a bird.
I started with some old cardboard boxes, traced the outline of two wings and then used a knife to cut them out. I then stapled pipe cleaners and rubber bands to the backs of the wings as a way to attach them to the girls' arms.
Sam and I talked about why we would not be able to fly even though we had wings; we are bigger than birds, we don't have feathers on the rest of our bodies and our bodies aren't the same shape as birds'.
Then once the glue dried the girls couldn't wait to test out the wings.
While the girls were playing with the wings we talked about how different birds fly. Some soar high up in the sky (eagles), some flap their small wings very quickly (hummingbirds), some flap their larger wongs more slowly (geese, herons, cranes) and some tuck their wings close to their bodies so they can dive through the sky or the water.
We didn't get a chance to head out and watch birds flying but if I didn't have work today we would have spent the morning at the park watching birds and talking about how they fly.
The Nitty Gritty!
This could be a fun one for in a preschool classroom. Would take a lot of feathers but watching a whole classroom have the kind of fun and learning that my two girls had today would be worth it!
If you like this activity and want to do it with your kids you could think about postponing it for a while and collecting real feathers to put on the wings. It might take a while to collect that many feathers but it would certainly add to the exploration and discovery involved in the craft project.