Feather pen painting in preschool

Feather pen painting in preschool

This week we tried a little feather “pen” painting. I made my own feather pens by taping two or three feathers together so they would be a little sturdier and a little featherier..

Whenever we highlight a certain letter in circle time, I always like to follow up with an activity the children can do during center time. During circle time, we talked about our feathers using descriptive words like soft and fluffy and then we made simple patterns with the feathers…

At the table, the children found the feather pens waiting for them in different colors of paint…

The children dipped the ends of the feathers in the paint then made marks with the feather on their paper…

Some children liked to use the feathers to mix the colors and others liked making marks all over their paper. Each child had their own idea of what they liked to do…

Super simple to prepare and the children took their time exploring the feather painting/mark making process…


  • Kerry Weismiller Posted October 6, 2011 10:56 am

    Since it is Thanksgiving for us this weekend, we used stiff feathers in our paint pots at the easel and then painted on feather shapes. The children really enjoyed the ‘new’ paint tools. One little guy was very enthusiastic with his feather painting and we had spatters of paint everywhere 🙂

  • andiejaye Posted October 6, 2011 11:02 am

    great minds think alike! we just found a huge, fat craft feather in our craft stash the other day and talked about painting with it! the idea of taping a few together is a good one! i also love the picture you captured of the little girl in the purple? my son is a leftie too!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 6, 2011 1:22 pm

    Haha – painting with the feathers can always lead to a little spattering!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 6, 2011 1:24 pm

    She is a cutie pie! She was really focusing on her work!

  • Tina Posted October 6, 2011 10:21 pm

    Hi Deborah. I left a message on your FB page but thought it may be better to message you here. I didn’t get an email with a list of addresses for the postcard exchange. I didn’t think anything of it at first, just figuring it was taking you a little more time to get everything organized. I received a letter in the mail yesterday from another preschool. We have our letters all ready to go. Can you send it to me again? Thanks so much.

  • Terri Posted October 6, 2011 10:32 pm

    What a fun idea Deborah! I may have to borrow it for my 2 girls!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 6, 2011 10:38 pm

    Terrific – I would love for you to borrow:)

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 6, 2011 10:40 pm

    Yes, I will send you an email:) I did message you on Facebook but you must not have received my message:)

  • Tina Posted October 6, 2011 11:42 pm

    Thanks so much! 🙂

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