How To Make A Bird Mobile

bird mobile bird mobileMy girls and I have been talking about birds the last few days, inspired by the ‘how do birds fly?’ question. One of the things we’ve done is look at the difference in beaks, wings and tails on different birds, and in the course of our play-learning, we decided to make a bird mobile.

The girls then decided they wanted it to be a present for the new baby upstairs from us, so we took it to them. They didn’t look quite as impressed with it as the girls (and I!) were, but never mind – we enjoyed making and gifting it.

What you need to make a bird mobile:

You will need:

  • Bird template: Print the template for bird mobile here. I couldn’t fit our coloured paper into the printer, so printed onto white paper, laminated it and then traced onto coloured paper.
  • Glue: a glue gun works best for these sorts of projects! This is a great little glue gun* from Amazon
  • String: we used a beautiful decorative string with butterflies and beads. I can’t find it online, but there are similar here. You can add bells too.
  • Corrugated paper
  • Scissors
  • Black pen

How to make your bird mobile

To start with, I found bird templates online, and put them on a document – you can print that here if you want to use the same ones – before cutting them out and laminating them so we could use them again.

Next, trace the outline of each bird, then flip it over to trace the mirror image (for the ‘back’).  If you use double sided paper, it’s easier, but then your string will be visible in the final product.

Fill in the extra bits with a black pen – like the wings, the beak, feathers and so on.

Glue the two halves together, leaving a small gap at the top for the string to go in. (Or glue the string on one half, then glue the two halves of paper together.)

Use a sharp cutter to cut through the centre of the appropriate birds to slot the ‘wings’ through.

You may also need to ‘trim’ around each bird to make sure it’s identical back and front.

Cut the string to the appropriate length, and glue to a strip of corrugated paper. Cut an equal sized strip to cover it, so the string is sandwiched in between. Add another bit of string to the other side of the corrugated paper to act as a hanger.

Leave everything to dry, then hang out your lovely bird mobile!

Talking points while making your bird mobile:

How do birds differ?

Are all their wings the same?  How about tails and beaks? How do different birds use their different shapes?

What birds do you think these shapes represent? (My girls said Blue Tit, Dove and Swallow).

For more learning activites about birds, click here. For more nature activities, click here.

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Octopus Gift Box Craft

Octopus Gift Box My girls climbed in a box a few weeks ago, and asked me to ship them to their Oupa – my dad, in Australia. I didn’t do it, because that would be illegal I would miss them too much, but I did think that it would be a good idea to send my dad a parcel with little bits and pieces made by them, which we’ve been working on.

One of the goodies we made was octopuses from toilet rolls, which we then filled with sweets.

You will need:

  • Toilet roll
  • Googly Eyes
  • Paint
  • Sparkly stickers
  • A small bag
  • Sweets

How To Make An Octopus Gift Box:

To start with, cut 8 ‘tentacles’ out of about a third of the toilet roll by cutting up in towards the centre of the toilet roll.

Think about how you’re going to do it first. The keen among you may have spotted that our octopus has 10 tentacles. It’s a GMO Octopus.

Next, paint the octopus, making sure to paint the top and the bottom of the tentacles, before ‘curling’ them up by gently pressing them upwards.

Once the paint has dried, decorate the octopus, so we can turn it into a gift box.

We used jelly beans and stuffed them inside organza bags.

Glue the bag gently to the inside of the toilet roll. I used a glue gun and just made two glue dots.

Finally, trace the outline of the top of the octopus, and cut a circle with two ‘tabs’ on either side so that you can fold them over and glue them to the inside of the toilet roll, creating a ‘lid’ for the octopus’ head, and a cover for the sweets. In the picture I haven’t glued it in yet, so you can see the tabs.

With the organza bag, the string looks like further tentacles… because eight are clearly not enough!