I gave the students a template for the bird's body (yes, one of those few occasions where I think a template is OK) which they traced onto some white card.
I decided to use paper plates for the wings as 2 quarter pieces of a paper plate made perfect wing shapes and the embossed edges even looked feathery.
The students decorated their bird bodies and wings with tempera paints and once dry we added a head feather and some sequins for eyes. I then helped them to use a hole punch and split pins to attach the wings.
I had the kids tape a skewer to the back of their puppet so they could hold it but the mechanism with the string had to be done by me as it was a bit complicated. (Gail goes into much more detail on her blog).
If you have a very large class or classes you may want to think twice about doing this on every puppet - but it sure looks cool when they pull the string!
Also - This has been my 100th post on Use Your Coloured Pencils.
Glad I could make it special with some animations :)