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Camp Birdie Foot Painting

Birds can paint at Camp BirdieTime to breakout the bird-safe art supplies! Materials you’ll need for this activity include:

  • Nontoxic, water-based paint in multiple colors
  • Unlined paper, such as art paper, canvas or large construction paper
  • A clean, damp cloth

Safety first! Use only bird-safe paint (no acrylic paint, spray paint or oil-based paint) and don’t force your bird to participate. Your bird’s feet will have color on the bottom afterward, so you might want to wipe them down with a clean damp cloth or wash them when you’re done. Kids, get your parents approval before participating in this activity and ask them to supervise.

Once your materials are set up and your bird is ready to go, here’s how to get started:

Add a few dabs of the bird-safe paint to the bottom of your bird’s feet or entice your bird to walk through the paint and then across your paper or canvas, thereby leaving foot tracks. The more times you get your bird to walk across the paper or canvas, the more colorful your painting will be. Be aware that you could have wayward foot marks across your floor or table, so keep this in mind when choosing a location.

When the paint dries, share your bird’s inner Picasso by submitting a photo or scan of it to Camp Birdie!


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Cool idea! But I doubt my cockatiel would cooperate.
Freda, Chicago, IL
Posted: 8/19/2009 7:34:12 PM
To tell the truth, I'm a little leery of having my flock come into contact w/paint. I once wanted to use watercolor (the kind in paintboxes they sell for kids)to use on my bird' wooden toys& perches. I asked the owner of a bird store whether this type of paint was safe & he advised me not to - that although they were non-toxic for kids, there was sodium-based ingredients that cd irritate a birds systems if ingested. I was wondering whether fingerpaint might be safe (since its made for kids in a lower age group), but I've decided to err on the side of caution & not participate in this activity.
Michelle, Staten Island, NY
Posted: 8/17/2009 10:42:30 PM
hi, hi, CA
Posted: 8/9/2009 9:52:53 AM
Is fingerpaint bird-safe? (I know that some child-safe products such as Playdough might not be safe for birds).
Even though it wasn't listed as such & water-based, I just want to be totally certain it couldn't have any toxic effect on my birds should any of them happen to ingest any.

Please advise ASAP, as I'd really like to submit my tiels' footprints!
Michelle, Staten Island, NY
Posted: 8/2/2009 7:33:29 PM
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