Time 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!