I love this whimsical lesson. It is a great cutting and gluing skills lesson for my pre-K students and uses up paper scraps (recycling!) we have in the art room. I think these long legged birds are just fun.
Pre-k students started by cutting edges off a triangle to make the bird body. They can also cut a square in half-whatever you have for paper scrap is great. I often use old paintings that I cut up. They can curve the edge of the triangle for their birds or not. They glue them up high on their paper. They add legs and feet with Sharpie.
Then they can add wings and an eye (or two) with marker. They either draw on the beaks or make them from other bits of cut paper. Once they finish, they cut the second triangle in half for baby birds. I have a huge bag of shredded paper that was donated so we also make nests for the baby birds.