How to Draw a Bird

I think it is such an important skill to teach children how to draw.  It develops so many critical skills for learning – eye/hand coordination, dexterity, spatial perception, understanding of basic shapes and lines, the ability to observe as a means of knowledge – to name a few.
All you need is enough black sharpies for each child, white cardstock, and watercolor paints.
I love the details the student added with the paint!
Is this not an amazing painting for a 5 year old?  I think the details are so sweet!

This is so easy for young children to draw.  I have done this one with four year olds!  Here are the simple instructions:

I ask the children to have their paper landscape (sideways).  I talk for a moment about the size of the paper.  I tell them to make a medium sized circle up at the top of the page.
Draw a straight line out from the bottom edge of the circle.
Draw a “u” shape starting from below the circle to the end of the straight line.
 Draw another “u” shape for the wing.
Draw a triangle for the beak.  Make a dot for the eye.  Add legs and claws.
Optional:  Add a wing with a straight slanting up and making a curve down.  I tell the children to add any details they would like – feathers, nests, trees. . .
Student working on wing.
Student adding baby birds!
This student is thinking about what other details to add.
Next, we paint!
I love the details on this bird!
Look at those happy birds!
What great details!  A nest in a tree.  I love the bird’s tail.
I loved the expansive and swirling colors in this one and the tiny birds sitting on the mama’s back.

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  1. Sally,
    I love how your did this bird project! they look so cute!
    Really enjoy your blog.
    Thank you for sharing over at Montessori by Hand. Hope that many folks from our group will pop by to see your lovely blog and great ideas.
    Hope that you will pop by my blog, too.
    Have a happy weekend,
    Colleen 🙂
    (Moderator, Montessori by Hand and MBH Storage and blog owner of Sunrise Learning Lab)

  2. michellel says:

    Thank you for sharing this idea. I also came from Montessori by Hand. I am using this activity with my group of 2-5 year olds, and all of them have taken off with this. I have so many birds, and they are adding more detail with each piece they add to the display.

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