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Feather Painting

This art project uses fine motor and prewriting skills. As always, the process is more important than the finished product in preschool craft experiences.
Before You Start
Look at some photographs of different types of birds from a nonfiction children’s book or magazine. Point out all the different colors and types of feathers.
Let's Begin
1. Make a list of animals that have feathers. Talk about common animals likes crows, ducks, and turkeys, as well as more exotic birds like ostriches and peacocks.

2. Show a real feather. Let the children examine it closely.

3. Let each child pick a feather from a bag. Show them how to blow on it to make it move.

4. Show the children how to dip the end in paint and use it to draw on the paper. Some children may use the other end like a paintbrush.

5. Glue a few extra feathers onto the complete paintings and display them.
Sing songs about feathered friends, like “Five Little Ducks.” Play Duck, Duck, Goose together.


Feathers – craft feathers or real feathers
Books with photographs of birds

Rainbow Feathers Classroom Pack - 8 oz.
Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera Paints, 16 oz. - Set of 11 Classic Colors
White Sulphite Paper, 12" x 18" - 500 Sheets
Natural Feathers Classroom Pack