I have been photographing the cardinals visiting my bird feeders this year and thought my first grade students would love to see them. After looking at the pictures and hearing stories about other backyard bird feeders we sketched some cardinals. I had photographs for them to look at as well as some easy how to draw sheets I found on the internet. Once the sketches were done we drew our final copy on blue construction paper and used tempera paint to add color. We looked at the cardinal photos and observed the different shades of red. I mixed up a light, medium and dark shade for the kids to use when painting. Once the paint dried we used cray-pas to add the branches. We talked about a variety of trees you would see and the kids chose which ones they wanted to use. We tried to blend different shades of the tree colors with the cray-pa. The final detail was adding snow with white tempera paint.