RSPB Rye Meads, family triathlon event

Make a string bird

Make your own bird template to create textured wax crayon rubbings.

Stuff you need

You will need:

  • Books with pictures of birds
  • Bird silhouettes (print out the downloadable sheets)
  • Card
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • String (hard, but not too thick)
  • Wax crayons

Stay safe!

Be careful when you use scissors, or ask a grown up to help you.

Step-by-step guide

  1. Choose a bird silhouette and remember the name of the bird. Cut out the silhouette.
  2. Glue the silhouette on to the card and then cut it out. It is easier to cut around the legs as if the two were one.
  3. Cover with glue, and begin to lay on the string in the chosen directions.
  4. Make sure that the string entirely covers the black area, with the strings closely touching. Separate the legs at this point. Allow to dry.
  5. When the glue is dry, practise taking rubbings from the string bird by placing paper over the bird and rubbing hard with the side of a wax crayon. Practice is needed to keep the paper in position, and to find out how hard to press with the crayon.
  6. Decide on a format for the final piece.