I thought we were done learning about the Oregon Trail too.
Last week we took a trip to one of the area parks around here
(cause that what sick homeschoolers do….they go feed the ducks.)
Tell me that little guy wouldn’t cheer up even the sickest of children.
And if he wouldn’t, this little herd might:
Anyway, besides getting to visit with all the adorable little spring goslings, we were also able to pick up some very large feathers.
(Okay, now normally I’m really freaked out by my kids picking up feathers.
Is that weird?
They just seem so dirty….diseased even……Am I wrong?)
But, seeing as how they were already sick,
I figured…what harm could come from it….LOL
(I’m not even sure that you can get sick from a bird?)
So anyway, we snagged a few feathers, and the homeschool teacher Mommmy inside of me immediately thought:
We mixed the ink:
Then got right to work!
My 3 year old especially loved this activity.
And I love that he actually held his Feather Pen with correct form!
Eventhough we’re officially done learning about the Oregon Trail, I paired this craft with the book, “Journey of a Pioneer” because it’s an early reader book that is read from a young girls diary as she travels the Oregon Trail.
This would make an excellent activity to follow up this story, as children can write their own special letters home, or even make a trail map!
If you want to make your own Feather Pens, I’ve got full photo instructions up on our main site: