How to Make Shapes with Colorful Feathers

Feathers are a great option for kids crafts and activities. They are easy to set up and clean up, they are lightweight and durable, and they are quiet. You can do this activity with your preschooler without waking a sleeping toddler! Learning shapes can't be more fun than that.

Making shapes with feathers

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Shapes are observed and interacted with daily by early learners - in block play, with puzzles, and even with foods at meal times. Providing fun activities engaging shapes will help kids learn to identify and name the shapes.

Related: Shapes on a Geoboard

This shapes activity with feathers provides hands-on discovery and sensory play. The feathers are soft and flexible, and can be easily lined up, overlapped, or counted and sorted.

Kids can use feathers to form the shapes they know, or simply create new shapes and designs.

Talk with your child about the colors of the feathers they choose, and the shapes they make. Your conversation will probably be the noisiest thing about this activity!


Making shapes with feathers - Preschool Toolkit



Shape templates 

Print the shape templates, then experiment with placing feathers on the shapes.

  • Use one color on a shape or a variety of colors.
  • Place feathers on a shape, remove them, then add them to another shape. Do you need more or less feathers for the other shape?
  • Fill the inside of the shape with feathers. How many feathers will fit? Can you stack the feathers?
  • Glue feathers to a shape to make a picture you can save.

Keep some feathers on a shelf where they are easily accessible for kids to play on their own.

You can usually find a bag of craft feather in your local craft store, department store or sewing store.

Often there will be different sizes and colors in one bag.



You will enjoy the simplicity of this quiet time activity as you play and learn with your preschooler!

Learning through play

  • Count the number of feathers it takes to go around each shape.
  • Use one color to outline a shape.
  • Separate and count the large and small feathers used to outline a shape.

Find this activity along with crafts and activities from my blogger friends at Kid Craft Challenge #3.



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