Yarn Wrapped Bird Craft: Here at Arty Crafty Kids, we love encouraging children to think about the environment, and a great way to do that is through crafts that use recycled materials. And this easy craft for kids does just that.
Kids can play with color and texture, as well as explore their creativity and versatility through only being able to use scraps!
The combination of considered cuts and yarn-threading is a great fine motor activity for pre-schoolers and school early years, and the craft makes a good alternative to threading beads.
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Carefully cut out all of the bird elements from the template.
Draw around the different bird elements onto thick brown cardboard. Then cut them out – the card will be a little trickier to cut than paper or thin card, so be slow and careful.
Cut little slits, about an inch apart, all along the bottom of the birds body.
Secure the yarn at the start of the tail, using the first slit.
Now it’s time to build the bird’s colorful feathers by wrapping the yarn around the bird, slotting it into the slits as you go to keep it in place.
Once you’ve wrapped the whole bird and reached the other side, tie off the loose end so your yarn doesn’t unravel.
Now stick on the bird’s eye and pointy beak.
To make a colorful wing, draw around the template onto some colored paper or card and carefully cut it out.
Then decorate the wing so it looks as pretty as the bird’s body. You can use anything you can find – eco-friendly glitter, stickers, lace trim, ribbon, buttons… use your imagination!
Finish off by bringing a touch of nature to your craft. Collect some little twigs and sticks from your garden, or when you’re out walking at the park, and stick them on to make two little spindly bird legs.
Now you have a gorgeous brightly colored and textured bird to play with or display!
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