Greetings, Mr. and Mrs. Robin
One of the first signs of spring in many regions is the arrival of the robin. Talk to kids about robin sightings and look outside to see if you can view any feeding in the grass areas. Why not make each child their own Mr. or Mrs. Robin to take home? This tactile craft activity will allow you to work on fine motor skills while developing speech and language skills in the process.
To make this craft, you will need the following materials:
- Robin body pattern
- 2 sheets of brown card stock
- 1 small paper plate, cut in half
- 1 medium size wiggly eye
- yellow triangle out of card stock
- brown and orange paint
- paint brush
- white crayon
If you are unable to use paint for this project, you may be able to substitute brown marker and cut out orange foam for those parts. Follow the directions for the Robin Bird Craft featured on I Heart Crafty Things. Make one of your own robins ahead of time. Model each step and allow each child to restate them. Take time to use descriptive words about the process. Think about the different colors, shapes, and sizes of the part. Ask where each section of the robin craft is in relation to other parts. As you progress, discuss sequence of steps and use words like first, next, last, and so on.
Allow everyone to name their robins and make them come alive a little more. Give them scrap book paper, sequins, stickers, and other items to make accessories for their robins. Perhaps Mrs. Robin wants a necklace, or Mr. Robin wears a hat and tie. As everyone finishes up, take time to go around and introduce each of the new class robins to the group. This will help then with gaining confidence while talking to more than one person. Remind them to be creative and invent a story about their fictional bird.
Make a tie in to go along with the robin project to take home. Create a list of spring things that they can look for around the house. These may be more vocabulary based, or could coordinate with word families or lists being worked on. Make a check list and include translations of words for multilingual families. Older children could write directions of where they were found.
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