Did you know that there is a special day when kids and adults around the world draw and share bird pictures? Yes! April 8 is Draw a Bird Day!

Drawing animals helps us become better observers and artists. It connects us with nature. And it’s fun!

How it works:

STEP 1: Draw a bird

You can draw a cartoon bird, a realistic bird, a bird scene with a colorful background, or whatever bird-themed picture you’d like to create. (If you are feeling crafty, you could sew a bird or make a model bird out of clay.)

Here is a guide to help you:

Or, why not draw more than 1 bird!

If you’re feeling ambitious, draw one bird for each day of the week. Which 7 birds should I draw?

Here are some ideas:

  • A bird from each of the 7 continents
  • Birds that are the same color (7 grey birds, 7 white birds, 7 brown birds)
  • Aquatic (water) birds
  • Large birds (rhea, ostrich, crowned crane, cassowary, etc.)
  • Small birds (hummingbirds, wrens, etc.)
  • Songbirds
  • Flightless birds
  • Birds that migrate
  • Brightly-colored birds (rainbow lorikeet, lilac-breasted roller, Gouldian finch, etc.)
  • Your 7 favorite birds

STEP 2: Share your picture

Share your picture with someone – a friend, family member, classmate, or teacher. Your picture is sure to bring a smile to someone’s face. And maybe, they’ll feel inspired to draw a bird too.

Any day is a good day to draw a bird – draw one today!

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