Make a Woodpecker
K - 2 Activity - Teacher Directions
Several species of woodpeckers live in Texas. The Pileated woodpecker is one of Texas's largest woodpeckers, and it lives in the pine forests of East Texas. The bill, head and neck of the woodpecker are very strong to withstand the hammering these birds do to find food and make their nests. They peck holes into old pine trees, telephone poles, or posts to make nests. Woodpeckers live in family groups. They eat insects, nuts, fruits, and berries.
- Toilet paper roll for each child
- Crayons or markers
- Woodpecker Body Parts (PDF 78.8 KB) to color
- Have students color the head, wings, and feet the following colors:
- Cut out the pieces.
- Glue the large rectangular piece around the toilet paper roll.
- Glue the tail feathers to the inside bottom back of the roll and then fold upwards.
- Glue the head to the front of the toilet paper roll.
- Glue the wings to the side of the toilet paper roll.
- Glue the feet to the inside bottom front of the toilet paper roll and fold upwards.
Head - white
Head top tuft - red
Eye - orange
Feet - gray
Bill - black
Stripes near eye - black
Oval near bill - red
Stripe near oval - black
Wings - Black with white markings
Tail feathers - black or dark gray
Create a pine tree branch and tree trunk from paper and tack to bulletin board or wall. Have students help you! Tape or staple student-made woodpeckers to the tree branch. Have students color in a woodpecker hole in the trunk part of the tree.
Activity developed for TPWD by Vicki Almour.