Ravensfield Primary School pupils created quirky paper-pop up bird houses inspired by everything they had learnt about British birds. We asked them each to invent their own ficitional feathery friend and create a home, complete with furnishings and accessories, for their bird to live in – to get them started we asked ‘Does your bird like to travel or are they a home-bird?’ ‘How do they spend their free time?’
The wooden birdhouses below are inspired by the eastern European character Baba Yaga. Baba Yaga dwells deep in the forest in a hut usually described as standing on chicken legs! Pupils loved hearing about the folklore and enjoyed working together to create artwork that went in to C19th style toy theatres. The 10 birdhouses then went to tour around festivals in Tameside prompting festival-goers to think about what makes a house a home?