I wanted to create a whimsical Spring-y/Summer-y art project to celebrate warm weather after a looong winter! So Grade 3 students made these charming and colorful birdhouses out of colored paper.
I gave each students a blank sheet of white paper that already had blank bunting drawn at the top. They colored these in with colored pencils.
Then they cut out a birdhouse shape from colored paper and chose construction paper strips that I had pre-cut on the paper-cutter into about 6" long strips by 2" wide. Then they glued on a brown paper 'pole' at the bottom. Finally they added a black paper circle for the birdhouse entrance.
Using construction paper scraps, students then drew and cut out a simple bird shape. Using another color of paper, they drew, cut out and glued on a paper wing. Then they added a paper beak, a googly eye (they could also easily draw on eyes) and finally glued on a tail feather.
We glued thick cardboard squares underneath the bird's body and then
students glued their bid onto the birdhouse wherever they wanted it.
The cardboard square underneath the bird helps it 'pop-out' a bit, which I think
looks nice and gives it a bit of a relief/3D element.
Finally, the kids drew in random designs (flowers, insects, whatever) with
a black marker and colored them in with colored pencils.
They also drew designs on their birdhouses using markers, etc.
I think they all came out pretty cute and the kids were thrilled with them!
Happy Summer everyone!