Thursday, April 28, 2011

Peacocks

Another bird we learned about this week was the peacock. The art project was so cute. First the kids colored a coffee filter with markers and I sprayed them with water. While that was drying, they put together the body. I just cut one free-hand. It reminds me of a short bowling pin. They glued on a beak and eyes and picked out some cocktail toothpicks for the crest. Those are taped on the back of the head.
When the coffee filter was dry, they glued the body to it. Then they picked out two colors of paint for the eyespots on the feathers. In one color, they dipped in their thumb and made thumb prints on the coffee filter around the peacock body. In the other color they dipped in their pinky and made pinky prints inside the thumb prints. I got the idea for the fingerprint eyespots from DLTK.
In the past I've also had legs available for them to glue on, but I didn't do it this year.
And that's our peacock craft! What do you think?

Fun Fact: Peafowl are among the largest birds that can fly. The males are peacocks, the females are peahens, and the babies are peachicks.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I really like it! I am going to do it this week as part of our topic on birds - thank you for the idea!

Betsy said...

You are my first comment! Thank you! I haven't even told anybody about this site (except my husband) because I was waiting until I had more ideas on it. This is so exciting. I'm glad I could help!

Rachel@I Heart Crafty Things said...

I am in LOVE with your Blog! I've already been browsing for 30 minutes and could probably be on here till the wee hours of the morning getting inspired from all your wonderful ideas!

We just took a trip to our local Aviary and have been looking for bird crafts to complete. I pretty much just hit a goldmine on your blog. THANK YOU!

Betsy said...

Thanks, Rachel! You are making me blush! I read your blog all the time and the fact that you found little ol' me and my blog, well, it makes me smile from ear to ear! What a great way to start my day. Thank you!

Carrie M. said...

I'm definitely passing along the info on this peacock craft to my co-workers...so cute!

Jenny said...

These are sooo cute! I think I will do this when we study the sound of Pp!

Betsy said...

Thanks, Jenny! Glad to help!

Anonymous said...

These are so cute! I am making these with the K4 and K5 class tmrw in my Art class! Found your project on Pinterest and just made my sample peacock! I know the kids will love this! Thank you!