- Yarn, ribbon, or corded string (I recommend ~36" total)
- Heavy cardstock (white, 4 pieces)
- Glue (bottled or glue stick)
- Hole punch
- Printable shape birds (3 colors) and birdhouse:
If needed, help your tot glue the shapes. My (almost) 3-year old used a glue stick for the larger pieces (such as the wing and door holes), and I helped her with the rest by dabbing Elmer's glue for the tail feathers, beak, eye, perch, etc.
Next, punch three holes where the perch is glued to the birdhouse.
Gently tie the yarn to the birds and then to the birdhouse. I used a double knot and made sure not to pull too tightly as to rip the paper. (Tip: Get younger tots involved by asking them to put the yarn through the holes.)
- Prior to starting the craft, consider reading a book about shapes/colors or reviewing basic shapes and colors using flashcards or objects around the house.
- If you're feeling ambitious, print an extra bird and birdhouse and piece them together as a model. It always helps to show your child a photo or example of the finished product so that he or she can see what their project is supposed to look like.
-Say the shape and/or color names as often as possible during the completion of the craft to reinforce your child's learning. For example, instead of saying, "Where does this belong?" ask, "Where does this heart belong?"