DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Spring Branch Paper Craft
Contributed by Leanne Guenther
This is an easy cut and paste paper craft for young children to assemble during the spring.
It's a nice craft accompaniment to books about baby birds, like
Are You My Mother?
or my free printable mini book, "Mommy Bird". It also works for an "N is for Nest" alphabet lesson.
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- something to color with (black and white version)
- Optional: scraps of "nest colored" wool -- browns, yellows, greys, blacks
- Optional: blue construction paper for a background
- Print out the template of choice (I always prefer black and white, but sometimes the color version is nice for making a sample for a large group of kids or for a quick craft project).
- Color the template pieces if using the black and white version of the craft.
- Cut out the template pieces. Most of the pieces are very easy to cut out (the leaves are the most challenging) so this makes a great scissor skills activity for kindergarten or early
grade school children.
- Glue the bird nest on a branch together; optionally, you can glue all the pieces onto a blue construction paper background:
- Glue the nest behind the branch (so the branch sits over top of the nest)
- Glue the baby birds into the nest (so the nest sits over top of the birds)
- Glue the leaves onto the branch
- Refer to the image at the top of this instruction page if you get stuck.
- Note: I can pretty much promise you that the kids won't assemble the project exactly the way I envisioned it. That's ok!! Let them put the pieces together in whatever way
- Optional: Snip small pieces of nest colored wool (colors like brown, grey, black and gold) and glue them onto the paper nest.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
Printable version of these instructions