Which end of the feather is more interesting to paint with?

Which end of the feather is more interesting to paint with?

The children found feathers, paint, and paper set out on the table as part of our ongoing turkey tangent. As the children began to paint, we quickly found out which end  of the feather would be more interesting to paint with…

We started out by painting with the stick end of the feather.  A couple of my students gave it try and exclaimed, “Mrs. Stewart – this is not working!” …

I gave it a try too and sure enough, even though I had paint on the stick end of the feather – it definitely wasn’t leaving much paint on the paper.  It would kind of scratch a little paint on the paper but it wasn’t all that fun for me either…

So we switched the feathers out for new feathers and this time we put the feathered end of the feathers into the paint…

Yep, painting with the feathered end did the trick. My students came back and tried this process again and decided it was much more interesting to paint with the feathered end of a feather than the stick end of a feather!


  • Maro’s kindergarten Posted November 18, 2012 6:13 pm

    Great idea!

  • Ann Posted November 18, 2012 6:57 pm

    Love this! I will definitely be doing this with my son and home daycare kids. We love to paint with different objects.

  • kimira Posted November 18, 2012 8:32 pm

    I always wondered how wizards could write with the wrong end of the quill

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted November 18, 2012 9:45 pm

    Haha – I am now wondering that myself:)

  • Sheryl Posted November 20, 2012 9:10 am

    If you cut the tip of the feather off, the paint will flow into the hollow point of the quill and make writing more fun. That’s what “penknives” were for. I wish after 35 years of teaching I’d known this all along, but a wise friend of mine just told me after I showed him your post!

  • Sheryl Posted November 20, 2012 9:13 am

    Oops. I meant the tip of the quill part, not the feather part.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted November 20, 2012 1:52 pm

    Haha – I did not know that! I will give it a try too!

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