We’re crafting with our favourite material once again – toilet rolls! It’s our favourite material because it is always readily available and we get to reuse and recycle something that would otherwise be thrown away. It is never too early to teach little ones the importance of recycling and looking after our environment.
Whilst doing so the boys had an opportunity to learn more about birds. They learnt to identify the parts of a bird being its wings, beak, legs and feathers. We learnt that all birds have wings but not all birds can fly. Ask your little ones if they can think of any birds that can’t fly. We also learnt that birds have beaks instead of teeth and that birds are the only animals that have feathers. This is a great opportunity for little ones to expand their vocabulary when describing a birds beak (small, big or colourful), legs (long or short) and feathers (colourful or not).
This is also a brilliant craft to reinforce the parts of a bird learnt above and little ones can be as creative as they like when making their birds. You can use whatever craft supplies you have on hand to make each bird unique. There’s always painting, cutting and gluing components to this craft which is great for motor development workout.
Have fun crafting your own unique and exotic bird!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THE DIY TWEETIE BIRDS:
- Toilet rolls
- Bottle tops
- Assorted ribbons or yarn for decorating
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE DIY TWEETIE BIRDS:
- To make bird’s body, paint toilet roll as desired. We painted patterns on white paper and glued it onto the toilet roll.
- To make bird’s face, cut a circle out of cardboard and draw on eyes. We cut out circles out of the paper we painted in 1 above and glued it onto the cardboard circle.
- To make bird’s beak, cut a small circle out of coloured paper, make a slit on it and make a mini cone shape. Glue the cone onto the bird’s face.
- Cut a slit onto one end of toilet roll and slide the bird’s head to fit.
- Glue feathers onto toilet roll to make bird’s wings.
- To make bird’s tail, glue different lengths of ribbon or yarn onto tail end of toilet roll.
- To make bird’s legs, push two toothpicks on the underside of toilet rolls.
- To make bird’s feet, cut a slit into bottle tops using Stanley knife. Push the bird’s legs into the bottle tops so that bird can stand.
* This post and all associated images have been supplied by the lovely Rossa from Curious Little People. Follow her on Instagram for more creative inspirations!