In this post I will share 4 activities for studying feathers and some online resources about feathers.
Make A Feather Collection:
Save different types of feathers you find in your yard, neighborhood, and while on nature hikes. Compare the different size, shapes, and colors of different feathers.
If your really ambitious, try identifying what type of bird they came from and what type of feather (flight, wing, body, or down). You can find more information about types of feathers here.
Sketch A Feather:
Have your child choose a feather and try sketching it. Add color if you want with colored pencils or pastels.
Look At A Feather Under A Microscope:
Some of the neatest parts of a feather are too small to be seen clearly with the naked eye. Try looking at a small piece of a feather under a microscope.
Have your child sketch what they see.
Label A Feather:
Choose a large feather and staple it to a piece of construction paper. Then label it's different parts.
For information about the parts of a feather, check out Anatomy: Parts of a feather from Outside My Window.
Online Resources About Feathers:
-YouTube Video: Look Closely At Feathers from Nat Geo Kids
-Feather Facts from Kiddle
-Bird Feathers Structure, Function, and Types from Birdwatching Bliss
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