Welcome to Everyday Fun! I’m Emily Neuburger, and I’m thrilled to be making myself at home in this lovely new blog space. I’m an artist, teacher, and children’s craft designer as well as the author of the blog red bird crafts and the newly released book Show Me a Story. Each week, I’ll suggest interesting and inspiring ideas and projects with the hope that they pave the way for lots of fun adventures! I’m always in search of new ways to become inspired by my everyday surroundings, and I am really excited to share these new-found tips and suggestions with you. For me, this space is all about community, so please comment, share ideas, ask questions, and link to finished projects.
Given that birds tend to find their way into my artwork, I decided that bird collages would be an auspicious way to kick off Everyday Fun. On one of the cold and rainy days last week, I made these punchy birds with my daughter. We simply gathered brightly colored scrap paper and used scissors to cut out lots of eyes, wings, and beaks in various shapes and sizes.
Then, we drew bird bodies onto white paper and painted them. Once the paint was dry, we glued the cut-outs onto the bird bodies to create our unique winged friends. The quirkier the better, I think. You can use a bird resources like Peterson’s Field Guide of North American to get ideas for the shape of the body and wings.
Wouldn’t this project be fantastic at a birthday party or group play date? After the birds are all constructed, the children can give them names and personalities. I’ll start by naming the blue bird Priscilla Plume.
My daughter and I had lots of fun playing with different wing, beak, and body combinations before we used the glue to affix them to paper. It was such a nice way to explore color combinations.