Feather Painting

My girls love bird books.  They love to go to the nonfiction section at the library and pick out the kind that identify the different types of birds, you know the books that are like thousands of pages long.  I love that they enjoy these types of books but I also try to get them to check out the kind I can actually read to them.  I found a cute one simply called “Birds”.


As we read it we came to a page that talked about how the sky would look if birds painted with their tail feathers.  So we decided to try and recreate that page by painting with feathers.


I had the girls water color their papers blue first.  Then they picked out what colors they wanted in their skies.  I gave them a different feather for each color, ( I’m very anal about having the colors mix) and they began creating.  They loved it and asked to do more.




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19 Responses to “Feather Painting”

  1. Nicole (Mama to 3 Blessings)

    What a great idea! I love your creativity! :)

    April 8th, 2010 at 8:47 am
  2. Char

    Very cute activity.

    April 8th, 2010 at 8:47 am
  3. sarah

    They came out great!!!

    April 8th, 2010 at 11:41 am
  4. Katie

    Great way to extend the book, painting with different and usual tools is always fun. You sound just like me as far as the color mixing goes. But it’s a good thing because then the end result is still colorful and vibrant and not a muddy mess.

    My kiddo also likes those gigantic books filled with lots and lots of pictures. They keep her occupied for a long time too. Right now she’s really into ones on ballerinas and ballets.

    April 8th, 2010 at 12:05 pm
  5. Almost Unschoolers

    Perfect project for the book – and for spring – excellent!

    April 8th, 2010 at 12:33 pm
  6. Janelle

    That section in Birds where the tail feathers make a painting is my favorite part of the book. Did you know that the illustrator Laura Dronzek is married to Kevin Henkes the author?

    Your feather paintings turned out very nice and colorful!

    April 8th, 2010 at 1:36 pm
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  8. Zoe @ Playing by the book

    A gorgeous project – and the book looks interesting too – on the basis of the illustration on the front cover I’d like to see more.

    April 8th, 2010 at 2:58 pm
  9. April

    I love the painting, our children love to paint to.

    April 8th, 2010 at 5:36 pm
  10. Trudie

    This turned out so good! Looks wonderful!

    April 8th, 2010 at 6:09 pm
  11. JDaniel4's Mom

    I’ve never painted with feathers. How cool!

    April 8th, 2010 at 7:42 pm
  12. Melissa

    I love it! My toddler loves painting with different things!

    April 8th, 2010 at 11:35 pm
  13. Ticia

    My kids have never liked painting with nontraditional supplies. I’m glad it turned out so well for you. They look great!

    April 9th, 2010 at 10:57 am
  14. Michelle

    I love feather painting!! What a fun art project to go along with this book.

    Thank you for linking up to stART and sharing your ideas :0)

    April 9th, 2010 at 2:10 pm
  15. Julie

    I love your feather painting. I’ll have to remember this next time we study birds. Here’s what we did for the same page of the same book:) My favorite part of the book!

    May 5th, 2010 at 10:21 pm
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