After School Fun ~ Hummingbird Suncatchers

Today I’d like to welcome another blogging friend of mine, Jen from Kitchen Counter Chronicles, who is sharing a fun after school activity with you today. Thanks Jen for stopping by today!

I am so excited to be sharing our fun
after school activity at Creative Family Fun today. I have two daughters aged 7
and 9 years old. When my girls come home from school they are looking for
things to do that are creative and a little bit challenging. We try and spend
as much time outdoors as possible, especially now that the spring weather has
arrived. So we love incorporating nature into our play. The girls were inspired
to start learning about different types of birds when I brought home the
massive book, Landsdowne’s Birds of the Forest by JF Landsdowne. Landsdowne’s
artwork is incredible and the books pulled my girls right in. They each chose a
bird to research and the creativity went from there.
My youngest daughter picked the red
throated hummingbird as her focus. She started by writing out 3 facts about the
hummingbird. My daughter loves writing out facts and information.
Next, my daughter traced the picture
in the book. We clipped a piece of tracing paper to the page and then my
daughter traced the picture with a pencil.
After tracing, she then coloured in the picture with pencil crayons.
I cut out a construction paper “frame”
for the picture and used a glue stick to adhere it to the tracing paper. We
decided to add a piece of pink paper to the back of the tracing paper, to allow
the sunlight to filter through the picture. Without the paper behind the
picture, all the colour was washed out of the drawing.
We then proudly placed the hummingbird
suncatcher on our dining room window. As the sun shines in, the birds seem to
glow. It really is quite lovely. 
My eldest daughter studied a different
bird, the belted kingfisher. When she was done her tracing she decided that she
didn’t want to turn hers into a sun catcher. So, her picture is hanging on our
art bulletin board…perfect. I am amazed how this one book and a love of
nature, inspired learning and such beauty. Looking through the book has lead to
much discussion about many other birds. We have even signed up to attend a bird
guided tour in a local park. Who knows maybe we’ll see a hummingbird or a
kingfisher. Are your children interested in birds? What birds are native to the
area where you live?
Thank you Jen for such a fun post!
In my “previous life” I was a mental health
professional…in my current life I’m a stay-at-home mom with 2 beautifully
adventurous kids. I share everything that lands on our kitchen counter over on
my blog, Kitchen Counter Chronicles. Swing by and learn
how we are greening their lives; what we are crafting; what we are cooking and
what we are reading. While you will often find the girls and I inside the
kitchen, you will also find us out getting our hands dirty, exploring and
learning outdoors. I also tweet at @kcchronicles and can be found on Facebook and Pinterest

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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