The children have been asking for a while to make their own feather quill pens; I think they saw them at one of our museum or convict excursions First we watched this YouTube clip to find out how pen nibs work.
Next we watched this tutorial on how to make a quill pen from a feather.
We had some bird feathers around the house that we had collected on a nature walk. The kids gave me instructions on how to cut the feather with a knife as they are a bit young to do it themselves. Then we had a go at writing with the finished quill and some metal dip pens.
L did lots of patterns and letters whilst R drew this fabulous castle - complete with running commentary about the characters inside and the castle's construction.