COLUMBIA — Children giggled as they grabbed colored pieces of clay that they would fashion into birds. Others pored over pieces of paper with pencils in hand, sketching the live birds of prey that they'd just seen.
More than 80 children attended For the Birds at Orr Street Studios on Saturday. The kids learned about birds of prey, and they used their new knowledge of the birds to draw them, make clay birds and fashion origami swans.
At the event, three volunteers from MU's Raptor Rehabilitation Project conducted a presentation about healing raptors and helping them return to flight. They brought two raptors, a great horned owl and a red-tailed hawk.
Miles Baker, 9, and his sister, Lucy Baker, 7, helped many of the other children make artistic renditions of the birds. Although they're young, the siblings have been helping out at the studio where their grandmother, Hannah Hollister Ingmire, works.
"We put out a table and do projects with the theme of the party," Miles said.
On Saturday, Miles was in charge of teaching origami, and Lucy taught others how to make clay birds and draw them.
"I like teaching other kids 'cause I get to teach them and make art," Lucy said. "I want to be an artist when I grow up."
Susan Davis who came with her two granddaughters, Lily Thornhill and Abby Thornhill, said that her granddaughters loved coming to the studio.
"I liked the origami," Lily said. "It was my first time doing it."
Another parent, Alysia Beaudoin brought her two sons, Max Duncan and Phoenix Ribiat, to the event. Max was excited to learn about the birds, and Phoenix said that it was his first time seeing live raptors.
Beaudoin said that being able to do crafts and see the birds of prey in real life was a fun combination for her children.
Saturday's For the Birds event was part of Orr Street Studios' regular Second Saturday for Kids series. The studio hosts these weekend events aimed at exposing children to the arts three times a year, organizer Catherine Parke said.
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