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April 23, 2012

Paper Plate Peacock

We braved the rain this past week and took a trip to the Tracy Aviary. This was our second time there and yet again, it exceeded our expectations. Since we went during the week, we were the only people at the Close Encounter Bird Show, so my son was able to have 3 birds land on his arm. A very exciting adventure for a 5 year old.  :)

One of my favorite birds is the peacock. We got some really close up views of some during our visit and tried to pay close attention to all the details because I knew I wanted to do a peacock craft this week to go along with our visit.

Last year during our Bird Week we made a similar peacock craft out of a coffee filter, but we added a new twist to it this year and I'm delighted with how it turned out.

Here is how we created our Peacock:

1. Paint the top side of a paper plate with green water color paint. I recently purchased some liquid watercolors from Oriental Trading. Could not be happier with them! They are going to last a billion years longer than the standard dry watercolors.

2. Once we were finished painting the paper plate green, we went back with blue water colors and painted some random stripes all over the paper plate. The colors blended really nicely since the plate was still wet. Here is what our plate looked like when we were finished. Let it dry completely. We put ours on the front porch in the sun to hurry up the process since we are inpatient!

3. While the paper plate was drying, I drew the outline of a bowling ball shape on a half sheet of blue cardstock paper for my son to cut out.

4. Next we added the details to the Peacock body. A yellow beak (which I cut out), some googly eyes, and we taped 4 cocktail toothpicks to the back of his head. I wish I could take credit for the brilliant toothpick idea, but I saw it over at Tippytoe Crafts when we did our craft last year. After we were done adding the details to the peacock body, we glued it onto the paper plate.

5. To finish our craft, we used different sized sequins to make the spots on our peacock. First, we glued on extra large gold sequins all over.

6. Then put a dab of glue on each gold sequin to add the next color. We ended up doing three colors, but you could totally get away with only doing two. We stuck with green and blue sequins to look like a peacock, but it would be fun to have a class choose whatever color they wanted to make the peacocks extra colorful.

The spots are shiny and beautiful just like on a peacock.

Here is my son's completed peacock. So precious, right?!!

A great book to go along with this craft is Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester Laminack.
It's about a glamorous Peacock who comes to stay at the Tucker Farm and attracts all kind of attention from customers. The hens think it's not fair, and the Peacock doesn't feel like he's as much use as the chickens, so the farm dog suggests they switch roles. You'll have to read it to see how the chickens try to be glamorous and the Peacock tries to lay an egg. It's a really cute story!

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rebekah @ justfordaisy said... Best Blogger Tips

This is fabulous! I've pinned it and linked back to you for future reference! I love peacocks too - they're quite magnicificent.

Betsy said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it! I plan on changing my peacock craft a little this year as well. Thanks for the ideas! And please, oh please tell me you are doing a toucan craft (saw the cute picture in an earlier post)! I want to do one so badly, but am having trouble finding some good inspiration out there.

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Excellent ,Nice photography....

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said... Best Blogger Tips

Linking over from Adventures-in-Mommy-Land...that is such a great craft!

Our girls have yet to see a peacock with his tail feathers out...we got close at the last zoo we visited...but they are so anxious.

I'm filing this away for when we do...I know my kiddos will really enjoy it.

Thanks for the idea!

The Monko said... Best Blogger Tips

what a great peacock. And such a nice activity for a wide range of ages. love it

Melodee said... Best Blogger Tips

such a cuuuuuute idea! following ya from the blog hop!

Tranae said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so cute. I'm stopping by from the blog hop. Happy to be a new follower

Chase the Star said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! Stopping by from the blog hop!

Barbara @ Chase the Star

Charlene said... Best Blogger Tips

such a cute peacock!! Thanks for sharing on Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land!! Hope to see you again soon!

Amanda said... Best Blogger Tips

We just saw one at the local zoo the other day - they are beautiful!!! Your pictures are stunning and I love the book and craft connections. Thanks for sharing at Afterschool Bloghop!

Jill said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this! What a fun kid project! Reed chased a peacock around the zoo a couple of weeks

Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to the Pomp Party board!

Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

maggy, red ted art said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my! How adorable. Looks so pretty!

Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

Maggy & Alissa

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this, Rachel!! Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you are having a fabulous week!!

Lauren said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely love this! I do preschool at home with my little girl and we're discussing birds this week. I can't wait to do this craft and take a look at the beautiful peacock! Thanks for the idea!

FrancineB said... Best Blogger Tips

Cute craft! The book is fabulous. I was fortunate to hear the author speak and he also read the book to us. He was great. It's a must read in my library. The kids get a kick out of the story and is a great lesson in putting ourselves in another's shoes.