Paper bird crafts for preschoolers

How to make paper blue tits and robins with your 4 to 6 year-olds

Community Playthings | March 2024

One of the most common birds in late winter and early spring, blue tits are sure to catch the eye when you are out and about these days. Now you can make your own! The following craft project is perfect for preschool children (4–6 yrs) with a little support from the adults in the room.

You will need:

materials needed for making paper birds

Start by downloading and printing out the pattern here. Make sure to use thick white (160 g) A4 paper. This pattern is for two blue tits, so start by cutting the sheet in half. Each bird has a left and right upper-body drawing, and two identical tummy pieces.

Look up and print out an image or images of blue tits so the children can see how to colour in the birds. They can colour it as simple or as detailed as they manage. (Do not cut out the pieces until after they are coloured and scored.)

child colouring in a bird template

After the colouring is done, use a ruler and a sharp point (I used my open scissor blade) to score the places marked:

  • from the arrow pointing to the neck, to the straight line on the top of the tail
  • the yellow tummy parts, point to point
a ruler laid over the paper bird to help score the paper

Cut out all the parts. Then fold on the scored lines.

A child cutting out a coloured paper bird

Next, colour the undersides of the wings and tail only (no need to colour head or tummy parts).

back side of paper bird coloured

Fold the wings out so the two white parts match together. Apply glue to one side of the uncoloured head/body; then with wings spread flat on table put the two head/body parts together and press to allow the glue to bond.

a child applying glue

If your two pieces aren’t perfectly matching, neither was mine. Just trim it with scissors.

Next, fold the two yellow tummy pieces, put glue on one face of the white part, and match the correct ends of the other piece (one end is slenderer than the other).

Next, glue the tummy onto the upper body, matching the two centers. The slenderer end is the tail end.

An adult and a child glue the belly part onto the paper bird

Using your colored pencil, you can give a little curl to the wings to give it character.

An adult and a child roll up the wings of the paper bird

Take a moment to appreciate what you have made! Each child’s bird will be unique, just like in the natural world. But better put a string on him before he flies away! Using a needle with a knotted thread, you can make your bird either fly up, down or straight ahead depending on where you place the string (a lesson in physics—balance points!) It’s fun to have different positions—you can have wings either folded up or down or flat.

the finished paper bird, once in the hand of a child, once on a string

Enjoy hanging individual birds around your room, on branches, or make a mobile with multiple birds.

three paper blue tits hanging from branches

Have fun!

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