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. After our visit we decided to make a Paper Plate Peacock Craft.
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 we knew were going to make 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.
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!
Supplies you will need:
- paper plate
- liquid watercolors
(or regular watercolors)
- blue cardstock or construction paper
- small piece of yellow cardstock or construction paper
- 2 googly eyes
- cocktail toothpicks
- gold, green and blue sequins in varying sizes
Here is how we created our Peacock:
1. Paint the top side of your paper plate with green water color paint. We used liquid watercolors but you could also use regular watercolors. If you haven’t ever tried liquid watercolors I highly recommend them!
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 and my son cut it out for the Peacock body.
4. Next add 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.