My son is showing an interest in birds but he's not drawing them yet so I thought it would be fun art project to help him create his own bird book using magazine cut outs for a collage project.
First we read the book, Birdsongs and I asked Kiddo if he would like to make his own book about birds. He agreed and fortunately I had already prepared some photos and the paper. Kiddo decided he only wanted one photo per page (instead of a more traditional "collage") and really got a kick out of using the glue stick. I did have to assist here to make sure enough glue got on the photo to make it stick, but for the most part he worked independently.
All you really need is a glue stick, some paper and magazine cut outs. I used a pipe cleaner threaded through two holes for the binding.
Of course, every book needs a page number:
My personal favorite picture:
Afterwards we read his newly created book, discussing what noise each bird might make. Evidently, all birds say, "tweet, tweet".
Kiddo wanted to do some more gluing with the leftover photos. He also called this collage his "book". As you can see, he also discovered how to empty the hole puncher.
UPDATE: Head over to see our new "sophisticated" hobby book.