Okay, so that’s not a little hand holding that adorable bird sculpture. That’s my old weathered hand. But, the kids had already run off! They were a lovely trio of 3-5 year olds and this project was perfect for a pre-schooler’s attention span.
I love this project for several reasons. First, they all end up having so much personality! They look unique and adorable no matter what. Second, it is great for practicing fine motor skills. The first step is to knead color into the model magic- good exercise to strengthen little fingers. Next, the rolling, pinching, and pulling to shape the body develop fine motor control. The third reason I love this lesson is because it is not messy. Great for an at-home lesson.
Reading Lois Ehlert’s Feathers for Lunch was a fun way to start off and gave the girls ideas for body shapes and patterns.
I also had a special bird sculpture art date with this little lady. We went to Michael’s with my suitcase of supplies and used their community room. Stella made her baby bird a pillow and blanket for its nest AND a halloween costume!