Flapping Paper Bird Toy

I used to make birds like this when I was a kid, flying them all around the house and yard. Usually we just run around and they flap through the air like a wild kite. But if you’re in the mood, you can try to flap the wings and glide them around too.

I also made a quick video you can show to your kids to get them excited about the craft!

Happy flapping!

Click on the template below, then print!


  1. jena
    June 8, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Thank you joel thank you You brought me back to my childhood!

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  3. Nancy
    June 8, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    You are always so generous sharing your craft projects/ideas, thank you! You are awesome and your projects are awesome! I also like your background music w the didgeridoo, who is it?

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  4. June 8, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Thanks for the very kind comment Nancy! And I always like making my own music for my videos. I used to write a lot of music and play shows before my kids craft life. This particular one was just made with mostly Apple Loops. Glad you liked it!

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  5. Daicia
    June 9, 2014 at 8:41 am

    My kids and I started out our first day of summer break with this project. They are 2 and 5 and they both LOVED making these birds. I did, too, I will admit! Now they are both engaged in pretend play with their birdies. The little guy has his hanging out the end of a teapot and is serving "bird tea." I always love your simple, open-ended projects because they encourage my kids to PLAY! Thank you for sharing this project. We also loved the little video! I am eying the colorsheets for our summer car trips! Thanks again! Your website is one of my very favorites!

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    1. June 9, 2014 at 8:54 am

      Thanks Daicia! What a kind comment! I love watching what kids come up with while they're playing. "Bird tea" - Awesome! Thanks again, and I hope you have a great summer. I've got quite a few projects that I'll be posting to keep kids entertained and excited about art and craft!

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  9. Viviana
    July 6, 2014 at 6:02 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your work. My daughter and I really love the flapping birds!

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  10. July 27, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Simple and nice toy, and thanks for a video. Eliza :)

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