Winter Bird Activities and Crafts

These winter bird crafts are fun winter crafts that support fine motor skills with all things winter birds. We love these as preschool bird crafts because they support skill development, are are great for the winter months when you see cardinals, blue jays, and even a robin or two as winter comes to an end. Kids love these bird ideas, and you will to!

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Winter Bird Crafts

Occupational therapy practitioners love crafts for kids because of the skill development that happens with cutting, gluing, and creating. It’s easy to foster skill achievement by adapting or modifying a craft while supporting finger and hand strength, tactile sensory input, scissor skills, and more.

Some of the skills that you can target using our bird craft ideas support occupational therapy goal areas, including:

Here are more winter fine motor activities to build hand strength, dexterity, motor coordination skills, and more.

Bird Ideas for Therapy

Winter Birds of a feather craft together.  These bird crafts and activities are sure to keep the kids having fun this winter. We loved this week’s round up of features and added a few extra bird ideas for winter bird fun and play.

Let’s get to the bird craft ideas!

Blue Jay Painting activity- One of our favorite bird crafts is our Blue Jay Craft. This is a great fine motor strength activity because we use a cotton swab to paint in details of the blue jay’s feathers. OT practitioners love to use cotton swab painting because it’s a powerful hand strengthening activity that supports arch development.

Robin craft- One great fine motor activity is our robin egg carton craft. You might see robins throughout the winter and as winter months come to an end. This robin activity is nice because it’s a fun pincer grasp activity for kids.

Bird Play Dough Activity- We have a great, free bird play dough mat available here on The OT Toolbox. You can use it along with this B is for Birds and Beans Play Dough activity from My Bright Butterfly- perfect for winter-time indoor play.

Owl Crafts for Kids- We have some great owl activities here on the website, and these winter birds offer crafts, activities, and games that kids love. Some activities include our free Owl Directed Drawing worksheet and owl brain breaks. These Owl Finger Puppet from Crafts On Sea are another great addition to an owl theme.

Fine Motor Angry Birds- Building coordination and hand strength is fun with an Angry Birds theme. WE love how Therapy Fun Zone made Catapult Birds using craft pom poms and bird flashcards. I LOVE this activity for fine motor play!

Felt Bird Craft- We love this Felt Bird Ornament craft from Red Ted Art. While the sewing craft is great for older kids, you can grade the activity down by cutting pieces of felt and gluing the pieces together.

Bird Puppets- Making puppets with kids is a nice fine motor craft for preschoolers. These Silly Bird Puppets from Housing a Forest hit the mark.

Cheerio Bird Feeder- This winter bird feeder craft is perfect for the winter months. Plus, when kids thread cereal loops onto a pipe cleaner, they are building skills in bilateral coordination, precision, and eye-hand coordination. These Cheerio Bird Feeders from Happy Hooligans are an easy bird craft for kids.

Cardinal Craft- Cardinals and red birds are often seen during the winter months. This Redbird Craft from Craftulate is an easy winter craft for children working on scissor skills.

Winter bird crafts and activities for kids


Winter Bird Crafts and Activities

What other ways can you create crafts with winter birds? These ideas can hopefully get you started!

For more winter fun, check out:


What if you had themed, NO-PREP activities designed to collect data and can help kids build essential fine motor skills?

Take back your time and start the year off with a bang with these done-for-you fine motor plans to help kids form stronger hands with our Winter Fine Motor Kit. This print-and-go winter fine motor kit includes no-prep fine motor activities to help kids develop functional grasp, dexterity, strength, and endurance. Use fun, winter-themed, fine motor activities so you can help children develop strong fine motor skills in a digital world. 

The Winter Fine Motor Kit includes reproducible activity pages include: pencil control strips, scissor skills strips, simple and complex cutting shapes, lacing cards, toothpick precision art, crumble hand strengthening crafts, memory cards, coloring activities, and so much more.

Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to

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