This is a lovely project for Valentine's – making little love birds out of watercolor paper. The sweetest part is writing on the back of the birds the things you love. Isn't gratitude a wonderful way to honor Valentine's day? I will do this with my class when I return to school (hopefully Friday or Monday). I start by bringing the mood of awe and reverence for the many things we have in our lives that are wonderful – those scrumptious details of daily life!
Making the Birds: you will need watercolor paper, red and yellow paint, brushes, pink embroidery floss and gel medium (heavy glue).
Paint a wash of color on the watercolor paper. It is beautiful to add a tad of yellow.
Cut out a bird tracer. It works great to make tracers out of old file folders. Here is a link to a pattern I used: bird pattern – this pattern is for sewing but I used as a tracer.
Let the children trace the birds and their wings. Cut them out.
Make a double-thread hanger out of the pink floss. Put a dollop of glue on the bird. Put the hanger's end on top of the glue and press the wing into it. Hold for a few seconds to make bond. Write what you love in life on the back of the birds. Hang on tree, mantle, or make a garland of love!