This lesson is a 4th grade favorite. Since my classes are only 30 minutes we spend one week practicing with modeling clay then the next week we create the eyes, beak, wings, and feet. The third week I give each student a slab of clay and a PVC pipe. They cut an oval shape and then roll the top of one end over the PVC and attach their parts. I think you could use wooden dowels but the PVC makes it easier to slip the pipe out as the last step. I also have clay stamps and pinecones for them to add texture. Once we glaze I will add more pictures but I wanted to show the before steps now.