Summer break is finally here! That means the kids will be home from school for the next few months of course.
What better way to spend quality time, especially on a rainy day, than with a new craft.
Today, we're going to learn how to make paper feathers. Every other week throughout the rest of the summer we will be posting a fun new craft idea, so make sure to check back in periodically for more great ideas!
Cutting out paper feathers is a fantastic way to help build your children's fine motor skills.
How to make paper feathers:
What you'll need:
- Kid's Craft Scissors
- Construction Paper
1. Outline your feathers with pen
Let the kids choose the colors of construction paper they want to use. Lay the different colors down and outline leaf shapes on each.
After you have the outline of the leaf, draw a line through the center. This will be the guide line for making your cuts.
2. Cut out the outlines.
The next step is to cut your leaves out from the construction paper. Try to cut inside of the outline, so you don't have any ink showing on the edges.
3. Cut into the leaf from each side.
Now it's time to bring your leaf to life. Cut into the leaf from each side, but be careful not to go past the middle line. This is the part of the exercise that is excellent for teaching children how to use scissors for more delicate cuts, without them having to follow any specific outlines.
4. Use your leaves!
Now you can get really creative with your leaves. Use them as part of other projects or decorations. A favorite way to use the leaves is to attach them to a headband to make a feathered headdress.
This activity is a fun, easy way to help develop motor skills in younger children. Enjoy!