Toucans & Tropical Birds

“It’s impossible to explain creativity. It’s like asking a bird, ‘How do you fly?’ You just do.” -Eric Jerome Dickey

One of the most fun animals to make in arts and crafts is the bird because there are just so many variations! With 10-13 year olds, this is an activity that really sparks students’ interests and allows them to think and explore a variety of ways to make their dream bird come true.

The toucan is a great example because its body structure follows the shape of a paper plate. To make the tail, you can cut off the extra paper left underneath the beak and attach it to the end of the body.

Duration: 45 min-1 hour

– Large Paper Plate
– Pencil/Eraser
– Acrylic Paint
– Scissors
– Glue stick/Glue gun

– Feathers
– Popsicle Sticks (for the branches)
– Construction paper (for the background and leaves)
– Cloth (clothing for the bird)

Students can also use different colours and add their own materials. Here are some examples:16-04-23-21-03-03-548_deco

Sometimes, students will really like to make their bird in a completely different way and that’s okay! It’s all about being creative and having fun 🙂 



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