Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Signs of Our Faith: A Program about Being UU Every Day for Grades 2-3

Activity 2: Bird Art

Activity time: 20 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Materials and supplies for art project and (optional) display

Preparation for Activity

  • Decide on a project. Plan for the children to collaborate on a display, such as a mural, a mobile of paper birds, or a bulletin board or display case filled with bird masks, or to make individual projects to take home.
  • Select one or more artistic media for the children to use. If you will have time, consider paper mache, which must dry before it can be painted, or origami, for which you will need instructions and enough time for children to master the technique so they will be pleased with their creations.
  • Identify a place to display the children's work. Obtain any permissions, assistance, and supplies you will need.
  • Consider inviting a guest artist to this session.

Description of Activity

Children recreate the story "Journey of the Birds" using an artistic medium.

Introduce the project. Explain what the children will do and where their art work will be displayed (or that they may take it home).

Encourage the children to choose a specific bird from the story to represent. Guide them to give their birds the qualities they demonstrated in the story: "How can you show that your owl is smart? That your hoopoe is a hopeful?" Point out that all of the children are making birds, yet each bird is unique.

If you have time after children complete their art work, invite them to retell the story using the items they created.