Which end of the feather is more interesting to paint with?

The children found feathers, paint, and paper set out on the table as part of our ongoing turkey tangent. As the children began to paint, we quickly found out which end  of the feather would be more interesting to paint with…

We started out by painting with the stick end of the feather.  A couple of my students gave it try and exclaimed, “Mrs. Stewart – this is not working!” …

I gave it a try too and sure enough, even though I had paint on the stick end of the feather – it definitely wasn’t leaving much paint on the paper.  It would kind of scratch a little paint on the paper but it wasn’t all that fun for me either…

So we switched the feathers out for new feathers and this time we put the feathered end of the feathers into the paint…

Yep, painting with the feathered end did the trick. My students came back and tried this process again and decided it was much more interesting to paint with the feathered end of a feather than the stick end of a feather!

By |2012-11-18T06:00:48+00:00November 18th, 2012|

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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. Maro's kindergarten November 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Great idea!

  2. Ann November 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Love this! I will definitely be doing this with my son and home daycare kids. We love to paint with different objects.

  3. kimira November 18, 2012 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    I always wondered how wizards could write with the wrong end of the quill

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      Haha – I am now wondering that myself:)

  4. Sheryl November 20, 2012 at 9:10 am - Reply

    If you cut the tip of the feather off, the paint will flow into the hollow point of the quill and make writing more fun. That’s what “penknives” were for. I wish after 35 years of teaching I’d known this all along, but a wise friend of mine just told me after I showed him your post!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      Haha – I did not know that! I will give it a try too!

  5. Sheryl November 20, 2012 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Oops. I meant the tip of the quill part, not the feather part.

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