Doing a theme about birds for your Compassion child? Check out these creative ideas, colouring, puzzles, crafts and learn to draw. Go scientific for the boys. I’ve also included some videos showcasing some of God’s exquisite masterpieces of design, just to brighten your day… enjoy!
THINK SPOT: Have you ever stopped to pick up a feather, spread it open and think about how all the colours in each feather have to ‘grow’ into place in order to perfectly line up and make their pretty patterns… right from DNA level… before even one feather has started to grow?
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Matthew 10:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
Matthew 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are ye not much better than they?
Job 35:11 Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, and makes us wiser than the fowls of heaven?
Job 12:7 But ask now the beasts and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air and they shall tell thee. Or speak to the earth and it shall teach thee; and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knows not in all these that the hand of the LORD has wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
BIRDS ~ SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION / GOD’S EXQUISITE DESIGNS
The Stunning Beauty of a Peacock Tail (creation.com) from scientists who take the Bible seriously; bright iridescent colours, intricate patterns and fan formation show a very sophisticated design. A single peacock eye feather (1.3 metre long) was examined under a microscope at Bristol University. They discovered nearly 1 million barbules being held together by 290 barbs. In just ONE feather!
Scientific structure of feathers (creation.com) from scientists who take the Bible seriously; feathers are complex, designed structures required for flight. These precision-designed structures are highly effective, yet extremely light, insulators that are designed to enable birds to fly. Bird wing feathers themselves are ‘one of the most beautifully designed structures in the world’. Feathers have such ‘striking diversity in size, shape, colours, and texture’ that very few human art masterpieces can compare with them in harmony of colours, liveliness and softness. Often copied but never equaled, the beauty in pattern and colours of feathers has been appreciated by humans the world over; share a snippet with your child.
The Hummingbird – God’s Tiny Miracle (Answers in Genesis) from scientists who take the Bible seriously. Did you know that these adorable birds eat the human equivalent of 1300 hamburgers a day?! :) Known for their “extremely rapid wing-beat (50-80 beats per second) and its amazing ability to manoeuvre, the hummingbird can hover, it can fly backwards and sideways, and it can fly at speeds of more than 90 kilometres an hour (55 miles per hour).” If you operated at this bird’s energy level, you would burst into flames! Share this tiny miracle with your child.
The Intricacies of Flight (Answers in Genesis) from scientists who take the Bible seriously; flight needs four things: (1) correct wing shape to give a lower air pressure on the upper surface; (2) large enough wing area to support the weight; (3) some means of propulsion or gliding; and (4) extra surfaces, or a means of altering the main surfaces, in order to change direction and speed… A feather is a marvel of lightweight engineering. Though light, it is very wind-resistant. This is because there is a clever system of barbs and barbules with hooks on one side and ridged barbules on the other. Thus an ingenious mechanism exists for keeping the surface flexible and yet intact… on either side of the barb are further tiny barbules which can only be seen under a microscope… On one side of the barb ridged barbules will emerge, while on the other side, the barbules will have hooks… The hooks and ridges act like Velcro, but go one stage further, since the ridges allow a sliding joint, and there is thus an ingenious mechanism for keeping the surface flexible and yet intact. The next time you see a flight feather on the ground, remember it is a marvel of lightweight flexible aerodynamic engineering.
The Scientific background of Shape Shifting Flocks (called Murmuration); Have you ever watched a large flock of birds doing their impression of a roller coaster and wondered how they fly so swiftly and stay so close together, morphing into different shapes? Other animals do it too, like fish and swarms of bees. This ability has puzzled scientists for a long time. Even complex algorithmic models hadn’t explained these aerobatics, which rely on the tiny birds’ quicksilver reaction time of under 100 milliseconds to avoid aerial collisions and predators. After studying flocks of starlings, scientists concluded: “… each starling is continuously computing the positions of an average of six or seven of its neighbours, regardless of how far away they are… having a pre-programmed, numeric, object-tracking ability…” Share a snippet with your older child (or a simple explanation for a younger child) about these amazing Creator designed aerobatics.
Birds – fun facts for kids (Answers in Genesis) scroll down the list for various kinds of birds – toucan, parrot, hummingbird, duck and other water birds, cassowary, finch, birds of prey, turkey and more
Birds of the Bible view photographs and information of many creatures the Great Creator has made, then share a snippet with your child
Owl in flight ~ slow motion (short video) This is superb. MAGNIFICENT! The camera is slowed down to 1000 hypnotic frames a second as the owl lands right in front of the camera. Look at the power here and how the wings subtly change shape as he comes in for landing. Aircraft engineers are amateurs in comparison to God’s exquisite designs. Be in awe of our Creator. You may like to share this with your child… enjoy!
DID YOU KNOW: All birds have their own distinctive personalities like humans and other animals. Just ask any pet owner. I once witnessed a small bird grieving for his soul mate so badly that he was at risk of death himself. He completely lost all interest in life, slowly recovering after several weeks, but he was never quite the same after that.
OTHER BIRDS ~ COLOURING PAGES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Oh sing to the Lord a new song – Bible verse colouring (Karla Dornacher) adorable birds, birdhouse and flowers; A friend loves at all times ~ Bible verse colouring two cute birds on a blossom branch with a heart; free printable
Psalm 150:6 – fun colouring (max7) Let everything alive praise the Lord; kids having a BBQ picnic out in the forest and are swooped by a very cheeky Australian kookaburra making off with some of their food while a couple more kookaburras sit and laugh in the tree above and watched by an owl and other animals (this really does happen); free printable
Psalm 59:16 – colouring I will sing of your strength in the morning; I will sing of your love; cardinal and flower blossoms; free printable
Birds with nest – colouring (max7) and Bible verse from 1 Peter 5:7 – Give God all your worries and cares, for He cares for you; free printable
A friend loves at all times – colouring (Karla Dornacher) two cute little birds with flowers and a heart
Hummingbird – colouring Biblical perspective; God’s perfect little helicopter; the hummingbird is the only perfect helicopter. It can fly in any direction: forward, sideways, up, down, and even backwards; free printable
Toucan – colouring Biblical perspective; God gave toucans a huge, light-weight beak, almost as long as their body. It is designed with a saw-tooth edge for cutting fruits and berries; free printable
Toucan – colouring (Dover sample) a beautiful toucan in the rainforest; fine detail
Spring Pond – beautiful colouring (Activity Village); Duck Pond – sweet colouring; Birds and flowers in tree – sweet colouring; Crane – cute colouring; Peacock – colouring; Flamingo – colouring; Cockatoo – colouring; Duck – colouring; Dove – colouring; Doves scene – colouring; Kiwi – colouring (New Zealand bird); Kookaburra – colouring (Australian bird); Ostrich – colouring; Rooster – colouring; Mother Bird with hat handing flowers to babies – colouring; Doves in love – colouring; Birds – colour by number; many of these have blank backgrounds so you can draw your own; free printable
Bluebird feeding chicks in tree – colouring (Dover sample)
Warbler – colouring (Dover sample)
Flamingos in the Garden of Eden – scene colouring fine detail; free printable
Duck and chicks on pond – colouring free printable
Birds – colouring (scroll down) a beautiful exotic looking peacock; pelican; duck; eagle; flamingo; bluebird; warbler; crane; toucan; wren; blue jay; parrot; free printable
8 Peacock – colouring pages for younger kids; free printable
Peacock – colouring showing full tail; free printable
Peacock – colouring (Dover sample)
Pelican – colouring free printable
Birds – colouring various categories – parrots, dove, rooster, duck, hummingbird; free printable
Owl colouring (scroll down) with Bible verse from 2 Chronicles 6:30 – For God alone knows the hearts of all mankind; free printable
Owl colouring page rows and rows of owls to colour; free printable
5 Owl colouring pages (Dover sample)
Bird colouring pages (Goodsearch)
Bird colouring pages (Google)
Jazz up your colouring pages combine or shrink colouring pages to make a unique scene; add a border, a title, a Bible verse and some clip art to make your colouring pages more interesting with this easy tutorial
BIRDS ~ PUZZLES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Ducks and chicks – Bible puzzle (max7) find the secret message in the raindrops; based on Psalm 62:7 – My protection and success come from God; free printable
Know God, Know Life – colour by number puzzle (max7) Biblical puzzle to colour with birds and other animals in them to find; free printable
Feather – diagram to label and colour (pdf) free printable
Egg Hunt Game (pdf) spot the 5 different animals who have laid their eggs – birds, frog, turtle, butterfly, deer, bunny, squirrel and water lilies in full colour forest pond scene; free printable; very cute for younger children and also a lovely poster (Idea: add a Bible verse and laminate it).
Spring Pond – find the difference then colour (Activity Village) mother duck, chicks and water birds; free printable
Bird shaped mazes (e.g. number 6 in each book is a different duck maze, number 9 = eagle) for older kids
Hummingbird – very easy maze (Dover sample) help the hummingbird find the beautiful flower
Chick shaped maze free printable
Bird – maze in the shape of a flying bird; free printable
Birds of the Bible – word search (scroll down to end of page and click on ‘Bible Birds Puzzle’) 32 birds to find; free printable
Bird word search in the shape of a bird feeder; 24 words; free printable
Hummingbird – hidden picture puzzle (Dover sample) find 4 hidden objects then colour; free printable
Bird – puzzle worksheet scramble, word search, anagram, make new words; free printable
Toucan – dot to dot then colour numbers 1 to 35; free printable
Bird printables (Activity Village) – puzzles; acrostics; worksheets; templates (for crafts or for doodling); write a story; learn to draw; origami; jigsaws (check out the cute owl) + more; free printable
Birds – colouring / puzzles / learn to draw cardinal, finch, parrot, bird’s nest; free printable
Birds – printables pack for tots (1plus1plus1equals1.com) for younger children learning alphabet and numbers; free printable
Design your own bird puzzle with this easy tutorial specifically tailored to suit your child; make up your clues and answers from one of the handouts in the information section (above) giving glory to God as Creator
BIRDS ~ CRAFTS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Momma Duck and her cute little Ducklings ~ Mini Thaumatrope (optical illusion paper toy) with Bible verse by Paper Gifts for Estefany; free printable
Heart Peacock craft with overlapping feathers made out of hearts; fun and easy craft to teach children about true love from 1 Corinthians 13; free printable
Birds and Birdhouse – craft sweet; free printable
Birds of Paradise – finger puppets a cute toucan, an elegant flamingo, a majestic eagle that look like tons of fun; free printable
Make a flying bird – paper toy (madebyjoel.com) free printable
Peacock – pretty pine cone craft using a pine cone (painted blue) and bright green fluffy feathers decorated with gold sequins; this looks like a fun activity for homeschool students; 10 more pretty peacock crafts for kids
Snowy Owl – craft this is another fun one for homeschool students using a foam cup, some white feathers, and easy geometric shapes for eyes and beak
3D Bluebird toy to make free printable
Toucan to colour and use for crafts; free printable
Birds – crafts looks like some great ideas here for younger kids – albatross, eagle, blue jay, macaw, chicks, goose, dove, duck, flamingo, heron, hummingbird, kingfisher, oriole, ostrich, parrot, peacock, pelican, toucan; free printable
Make a stork – paper craft free printable
Bird templates (Activity Village) for crafts; free printable
Paper Birdhouses – to make (Pinterest)
Bald eagle – origami easy – ready to print and fold – design already printed; free printable
Paper Feathers – to make or use the idea to make your own; free printable (to members)
Bluebird of happiness – paper toy from The Toymaker; free printable
Question: Which came first? The chicken or the egg?
Answer: The chicken… without the chicken there is no egg.
God made every living thing – both plants and animals
with the seed in itself to reproduce after its KIND.
BIRDS ~ LEARN TO DRAW FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Activity Village has several learn to draw techniques for birds:
- step by step – blackbird; bluebird; chick; chicken; cockatoo; crane; flying dove; duckling; emu; flamingo; goose; kiwi; kookaburra; ostrich; owl; parrot; peacock showing full tail; raven; robin; rooster; toucan; turkey;
- drawing grid
- complete the picture
- doodle inside the bird templates
- doodle inside the bird shaped frames
Peacock – learn to draw with tail swept down
Warbler – learn to draw (Dover sample)
Bird – page border to colour (Dover sample) and doodle your bird pictures inside frame
TAKE A TWO-MINUTE HOLIDAY ~ BE IN AWE OF OUR CREATOR
God of wonders DVD – listen to the awe in the voices of these scientists who take the Bible seriously. The whole documentary is fabulous but in this short segment, they discuss the wonders of flight. Birds are engineering marvels, compelling evidence for an an incredible Creator… Just think about all the controls inside an airplane needed to fly. All of that is packed inside a tiny bird. The bones of birds are lightweight and virtually hollow. Inside, they are supported by struts and honeycombed with air sacs. They are designed so efficiently that their feathers usually weigh more then their entire skeleton. Feathers are a masterpiece of design, combining strength and lightness. Some birds fly every year between the north pole and the south pole. Each species is specially equipped for their role to man and has a special area of patrol – controlling insects, removing carcasses, keeping seeds under control; keeping rodents in check; others patrol the beaches, keeping them clean. Water birds maintain the proper balance in fish population. The heron in frog and snake control. Graceful, amazing aerodynamic abilities and practical, each bird is a testimony for God’s wisdom and love. Share the wonders of God’s designs with your child.
BIRDS – WRITE A STORY / WRITING PROMPT FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Activity Village story paper; free printable:
- Spring birds – story paper birds singing on a branch to colour;
- Spring Street – story paper birds flying above a street to colour;
- Bird notebook pages with a photo and room to draw or write a story;
- Bird – story paper to write and colour;
- Bird writing frames write, doodle or draw inside the bird shaped frames;
- Bird writing pages decorated with coloured clip art;
- Bird booklets write your story in booklet form decorated with coloured clip art;
BIRDS ~ PAPER GIFTS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Macaw – Bible Bookmark (Paper Gifts for Estefany) with Bible verse from Psalm 148:5; free printable
Isaiah 40:31 – Soar Like Eagles – Bible Poster But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength; they will soar; eagle soaring against lovely misty blue mountain backdrop; free printable
Kingfisher – John 14:16 – Bible Poster And I will pray the Father and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; this Scripture Picture is provided courtesy of Amazing Facts; free printable (isn’t he too cute?!)
Birds feeding chicks – Psalm 103:13 – Bible Poster As as a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear him; this Scripture Picture is provided courtesy of Amazing Facts; free printable
Psalm 37:37 – Bible Poster Mark the blameless man and observe the upright; for the future of that man is peace; this Scripture Picture is provided courtesy of Amazing Facts; free printable
Matthew 6:26 – Bible Poster Look at the birds. They don’t harvest or store food in barns, for your Heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you more valuable to Him than they are; showing four different bird scenes; free printable
Flamingo – gift box to make in bright happy pink, blue and green colours; free printable
Little Bird – gift box to make in bright, happy colours; blue sky, tree with pink heart flowers, pink birds; pink, white, green striped sides; free printable
Sweet birds on birdhouse – gift boxes and paper gifts in apricot, green, beige and brown tones on sweet tiny roses background; free printable
Feather – 4 bookmarks single, brightly coloured feathers with a gradient effect; free version is fine
Bird – bookmarks featuring four different birds: dove, eagle, hummingbird, and peacock; free version is fine
Owl Bookmarks (Activity Village) add your child’s name and a favourite Bible verse; free printable
Owl – favour bag free printable
Owl – school labels add your child’s name; free printable
Peacock (crosscards.com) showing stunning blue iridescence
Bird photos (Goodsearch)
MORE CREATIVE IDEAS
Send a photo of some of your pet birds or local wild birds and find out some information about them. Remember to give glory to God as designer for their incredible features. Or add a favourite Bible verse to a bird image and make your own:
Bible Poster or Bible Verse Card
Bible Bookmark – add your child’s name
Bible Note Cards
Bible Wallet Cards
Bible Board Game
Don’t forget to jazz up your envelopes if you are including any special treats like stickers for your homeschool students. Sticker sheets are fine for your sponsored child.
BIRD ~ STATIONERY FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Macaw -Bible Note Cards (Paper Gifts for Estefany) with Bible verse from Psalm 148:5; free printable
Owl – stationery girls will love these 3 cute little owls (blue, green, pink) sitting on a branch with their colourful pink checked border; free printable
Birds – lined stationery 2 designs – sweet owl peeking out of a tree with red bird and red flowers on ground; rooster with chick; free printable
Bird – stationery / page borders for kids – red parrot and blue butterfly jungle border; crossed peacock feathers in each corner; brightly coloured single feathers around page; Toucans and rainforest border; tiny yellow (rubber) ducks; colourful sleepy owls on top of page with blue night border; Chicken and hatching chicks around page; White Doves in opposite corners; tiny coloured birds on yellow polka dot background; free versions are all fine (scroll down to download free version)
Sweet Birds and Bugs – stationery / page border colourful clip art around page on pale blue and white background with a scalloped edge; free printable
Toucan in the rainforest – stationery / page border (stationery tree); Sweet yellow (rubber) duck with blue bubbles; Pink Flamingo; Green and Pink Sleepy Owls on branch; Hummingbird and flower; blank, lined or handwriting; free versions are fine
Floral stationery border with 2 bluebirds free printable
Owls and hearts – lined stationery – 3 designs; free printable
Bird stationery white background with small bird clip art in top corner suitable for boys; lined or unlined; free printable
Bird – stationery/page border to colour (Dover sample)
Bird – lined writing paper (Activity Village) with clip art – various to choose from – dove, chick, goose, owl, kiwi, rooster; free printable
Flamingo in rainforest – pop up card to make (Canon) lovely free printable
Cute pink bird – envelope pink bird flying out of a Kawaii tree; sweet and girly; free printable
Birdhouse – envelope red and blue cute country style; free printable
MORE SCIENCE ABOUT BIRDS
The genius of birds – professional video clips showing the intricate designs of birds in stunning detail – feathers; embryonic development; skeletal structure; muscles; hummingbird tongue (unbelievable); and another murmuration display.
The Beauty of Pollination Birds have a very important job to do; fabulous close up photography of hummingbirds as they twirl and dance with flowers; also butterflies, other insects and tiny bats; be in awe of God’s magnificent creation; direct your applause at the end to our Creator. You may like to share this and describe it to your child.
God’s Little Ballerinas: Watch these amazing and graceful hummingbirds in flight! They are fast, can hover in mid-air, fly backwards and even upside down! This short video examines the science behind hummingbird flight. It will fascinate and delight you. Fill your mind with the wonder of God’s exquisite designs in creation and then describe it to your child.
Peeps: Baby hummingbird (too cute – I had to include this one) tell your child the heart-warming story of ‘Peeps’, who fell out of his nest, was lovingly nursed back to health, then released back into the wild. When Peeps was still in ‘hospital’, he was taken outside to get nectar from flowers. As Peter sits with Peeps cupped in his hands, Mrs Hummingbird hovers nearby. The baby calls out to mama. The mother comes closer, and then… you won’t believe what happens next! Totally adorable!
Shape Shifting Flocks (Murmuration): Two girls out for a late afternoon canoe ride unexpectedly witness a wonderful murmuration treat… enjoy.
Look at these adorable flamingo chicks in various stages of development from babies just hatched and stumbling over Mum’s feet, to the stunning adults they will become.
And finally, watch this baby robin hatching and then getting a spruce up from a very busy mum… :)
And tell your child about our wonderful Creator, who made all these incredible designs… don’t forget! :)
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