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How To Make a Nodding Robin Calendar

Early Years and Primary Craft Project

By Susie Busby

Paper Plate Robbin Calendar
This cute calendar will look great all year round.

You will need:


Other equipment:

Cup to draw around


Firstly, paint a 7” paper plate brown with a red circle offset to the bottom of the plate for the tummy. Set aside to dry.
To make the head of your robin draw a small circle (about 8cm across) on a piece of card, cut out and paint brown. Set aside to dry.
To make the beak cut a pipe cleaner in half and then half again. Fold the pieces into a V shape. Glue these to Robins head, the bottom one totally stuck down and the top one only at the ends so you can fit the worm in the beak. Leave to dry.
Stick on the wiggly eyes and your robins head is complete.
For the worm take two different coloured pipe cleaners and twist together and bend gently so it looks like it’s in mid wriggle. Slide this into the robin’s beak.
Attaching the Head
Take a pipe cleaner and wind it round your thumb to make a coil. Glue one end of the coil to the head and the other to the body. When the glue is dry the head will bob up and down.
The Finishing Touches
Add feathers for the wings and red feathers to the tummy if you wish. Glue on the calendar tab. And there you go - one nodding robin calendar.
Cheep Cheep!

Learning Outcomes

This project has several stages so can be done over few days or shared out into groups.

It gives children opportunity to practise:

Bending and winding pipe cleaners
Manipulating glue
Manipulating paint
Placing collage accurately

And learn about:

How to recognise a robin through its colouring and markings.

Discussion topics:

Where a robin lives
What a robin eats
What a robin looks like – male and female
Robin nursery rhymes and folk lore – see below.

Little Robin Redbreast

Little Robin Redbreast sat upon a tree,
Up went pussycat and down went he,
Down came pussycat, away Robin ran,
Says little Robin Redbreast, "Catch me if you can."
Little Robin Redbreast jumped upon a wall,
Pussycat jumped after him, and almost had a fall.
Little Robin chirped and sang and what did pussy say?
Pussycat said "Meow", and Robin flew away.



The Robin in Folk Lore

A robin is said to have removed a thorn from the crown that was piercing Jesus’s forehead when he was on his way to be crucified. However, the robin then accidentally pierced his own breast staining its feathers with its own blood. In another story the robin's breast was singed while fanning the fire to warm baby Jesus. These stories could explain why a robin is such a strong Christmas symbol and is used on many Christmas cards.