Spring Craft Idea: Paper Plate Robins
What is the first sign of spring? Melting snow? Budding branches? How about our fine feathered friend, the robin redbreast? With his bright red-orange breast and his cheerful chirping, the robin is one of our favorite indications that spring has sprung.
Robins appear in popular songs ("Rockin' Robin" is a favorite here), nursery rhymes, and legends. A color is even named after the characteristic blue of their eggs!
My children are fascinated watching the robins hop across our yard in search of worms. Noticing seasonal changes helps children feel more connected with the world around them. The cycle gives life a reassuringly consistent rhythm.
- paper plate
- brown and yellow construction paper
- brown paint
- red paint
- googly eye
- clothing pins (optional)
- pink yarn (optional)
- paint brushes
1. Cut a paper plate in half. Put one half aside (this will be the body of the bird). From the other half, cut a triangular "tail", a "wing", and an "eye".
Yes, that is my three year old cutting with scissors. I promise we haven't lost many fingers. When I have a lot of small people working on a project, I sometimes pre-cut. When just working with a few kids, though, I encourage allowing the children to use child scissors to cut. This fine-motor practice is so important for learning to write as they get older. And allowing them to do as much of the craft by themselves builds confidence!
2. Paint the curve of the body red and the back brown.
I showed the kids how they could use the texture of the plate's rim to create a wing effect.
4. Trace and cut a circle "head" from the brown paper. Cut a triangular "beak" from the yellow paper.
5. Glue the features on the "head" and paste all of the parts together. Add a wiggly pink yarn work, if you like. My kids came up with this part and insisted the worms had to be pink.
6. Your robins can "fly" as is or you can add two clothespins to stand them up.