Winter Bird Art

Dec 11, 2018

Activity for ages 4 to 8. 

During the long winter months, I can always count on some festive birds to be a bright spot against the white snow.  This gorgeous kids’ art project reinforces cutting, painting, and gluing skills while refining students’ fine motor skills!

Getting Ready

To prep, I gathered supplies for each student:

  • One 9″ x 12″ piece of blue construction  for the background
  • One 4″ x 4″ piece of red (or blue) construction paper for the bird
  • Various shades of green construction paper for the pine tree branches
  • A small piece of white paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Feathers: blue or red to match the paper
  • Glue sponges
  • White paint
  • Paintbrush

Creating Pine Branches

First, I explained that pine trees are different from other trees because the pine branches have needles instead of leaves. 

I had each child select one light green and one dark green piece of construction paper.

We cut the paper into thin, short strips and used two dark green strips to create the main branch.

Then we gently tapped each green strip onto the glue sponge and placed it on the blue background paper.

I encouraged kids to overlap different shades of green needles off of the main branch as they glued down each piece. 

Creating the Birds

I helped the children trace a bird shape on the red construction paper using the template (below).

Students cut out the bird and glued it down on the branch.

After the bird was in place, we carefully cut a circle out of white paper to create the eye, glued it onto the paper and added a black dot in the middle of the circle.

To make the bird’s wing, the children choose feathers the same color as the paper and glued it down along either side of the bird. 

For added interest, some students cut a fringe at the edge of the tail to represent even more feathers.

Creating the Snow

With a small paintbrush and white tempera paint, students gently added dots to represent falling snowflakes.

Some children also painted the beak of the bird white!

After it dried overnight, we hung the colorful artwork on our bulletin board for a fun seasonal look!

Grab the template

Click the blue download button below to snag the bird template and then make sure to hop over and check out another art lesson that’s perfect for winter – this fun owl!

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