Feather pen painting in preschool

This week we tried a little feather “pen” painting. I made my own feather pens by taping two or three feathers together so they would be a little sturdier and a little featherier..

Whenever we highlight a certain letter in circle time, I always like to follow up with an activity the children can do during center time. During circle time, we talked about our feathers using descriptive words like soft and fluffy and then we made simple patterns with the feathers…

At the table, the children found the feather pens waiting for them in different colors of paint…

The children dipped the ends of the feathers in the paint then made marks with the feather on their paper…

Some children liked to use the feathers to mix the colors and others liked making marks all over their paper. Each child had their own idea of what they liked to do…

Super simple to prepare and the children took their time exploring the feather painting/mark making process…

By |2011-10-05T23:20:21+00:00October 5th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Kerry Weismiller October 6, 2011 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Since it is Thanksgiving for us this weekend, we used stiff feathers in our paint pots at the easel and then painted on feather shapes. The children really enjoyed the ‘new’ paint tools. One little guy was very enthusiastic with his feather painting and we had spatters of paint everywhere 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm - Reply

      Haha – painting with the feathers can always lead to a little spattering!

  2. andiejaye October 6, 2011 at 11:02 am - Reply

    great minds think alike! we just found a huge, fat craft feather in our craft stash the other day and talked about painting with it! the idea of taping a few together is a good one! i also love the picture you captured of the little girl in the purple? my son is a leftie too!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm - Reply

      She is a cutie pie! She was really focusing on her work!

  3. Tina October 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Hi Deborah. I left a message on your FB page but thought it may be better to message you here. I didn’t get an email with a list of addresses for the postcard exchange. I didn’t think anything of it at first, just figuring it was taking you a little more time to get everything organized. I received a letter in the mail yesterday from another preschool. We have our letters all ready to go. Can you send it to me again? Thanks so much.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 6, 2011 at 10:40 pm - Reply

      Yes, I will send you an email:) I did message you on Facebook but you must not have received my message:)

      • Tina October 6, 2011 at 11:42 pm

        Thanks so much! 🙂

  4. Terri October 6, 2011 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    What a fun idea Deborah! I may have to borrow it for my 2 girls!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 6, 2011 at 10:38 pm - Reply

      Terrific – I would love for you to borrow:)

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