With a few materials, you can make this bird color sorting and counting activity. Kids will love this hands-on math activity.
What can you do with a bag of feathers? I bought a great bag of bright, colorful feathers a couple months ago at a Lakeshore Learning Store. At the time, I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do with them, but I knew that I would find something fun. Today I made this bird color sorting and counting activity with the feathers. Here is how I did it.
Here is what you will need to make your birds:
- colorful feathers
- small clothespin clips
- bright card stock or paper
- googly eyes
- hot glue gun with glue
- laminating film/machine (optional)
Putting it Together
I used an empty yogurt container as a pattern and traced a circle onto my paper.
After cutting out the circles, I added a triangle beak. At this point, I laminated my birds. I used regular paper to make my birds, so they were pretty flimsy before laminating. If you make your birds from card stock, you may not need to laminate them. I completed the birds by adding a little googly eye (see pictures below) to the front of the bird.
Next I got out my glue gun, clothespin clips and feathers. I found a variety of sizes and colors of clothespin clips at a craft store. The ones that I used are in between the standard size and the little bitty ones. I liked that they were small enough to be hidden by the feathers.
I very carefully hot glued feathers to the top of the clothespin clips. When you are done assembling your birds and feathers, kids can attach feathers to the bird to create a beautiful tail. It’s a great fine motor activity!
Kids can use the birds and feathers as a color sorting activity.
Instead of making all of your birds from circles, you can make them from different shapes……circles, squares, rectangles, triangles…..
The set becomes a hands-on counting activity when kids count each feather as it is attached to the bird.
Children can use more than one color of feather to create patterned tails on the birds.
Composing an Decomposing Numbers:
They can practice composing and decomposing numbers as they explore different ways to create a number. For example, to make a 5 feather tail they can use 4 purple and 1 green feather, 2 purple and 3 green feathers, 3 purple and 2 green feathers, etc.
You can even make a counting dice game with the birds. Prepare 10 feather clips for each bird. Kids can take turns rolling a die or spinning a spinner to determine how many feathers to add to their bird. The first person to attach all feathers to his or her bird is the winner.
I would love to hear how you use this bird color sorting and counting activity with your kids.
If you are interested in additional hands-on learning activities, check out the following resources in my store.