I loved this story the first time I read it. I've seen paintings and drawings, but I have never seen them done in clay. I had the chance to make some clay birds this past year using a similar slab process, but I wanted to try this for the upcoming year. First grade would be my intended audience. Yes, it uses templates...please don't scold. ;) I try to limit my use of templates, but for this it seems to work.
Simply download the PDF, print on tagboard and you have yourself a project ready for the making. I would use bottle caps to make an indentation of the outer eye and marker lids for the inner. I would have them free cut the wing. Enjoy!
Clay Pigeons PDF