Peacocks rival macaws, flamingos and toucans as some of the world’s most colourful birds. The males are memorable for their bright blue bodies and fan tails, and peacocks are often included in classroom themes dealing with zoo animals. Children can practice colours and learn more about these fascinating birds by making peacock crafts.
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Coffee Filter Peacock
Help kids make a peacock with a colourful coffee filter tail. Cut three coffee filters into three pieces each. Colour the coffee filters with markers and lay them on a newspaper. Lightly spray the coffee filters with a water bottle to make the colours run together, and let them dry.
Paint the bottoms of two paper plates blue. Cut a head and neck shape from one of the paper plates. Attach the head and neck to the bottom of the other paper plate so that it stands up. Cut nine small slits in the paper plate behind the head, layering them in several rows. Accordion-fold the coffee filters and pinch the bottom edges together. Glue each coffee filter to a wooden craft stick. Insert the end of the craft stick into the slits in the paper plate. Add eyes and a beak made from construction paper.
Paper Plate Peacock
Feathers give this peacock craft a striking look. Paint a paper plate blue, green or turquoise. Cut the plate in half. From one half of the plate, cut an oval shape that will become the peacock’s head and neck. Add wiggly eyes and an orange construction paper beak. Glue the head to the top right of the other half of the plate. Tape six to eight blue and green craft feathers on the top left of the plate. Paint blue, green or purple dots on the middle of the feathers.
Folded Paper Peacock
Turn an ordinary toilet paper tube into a peacock. Lay a piece of paper horizontally on the table. Paint the top third of the paper purple, the middle third green and the bottom third blue. Accordion-fold the paper, then fold once more in the middle of the paper. Bring the ends of the paper together and staple them to make a fan shape. Paint a cardboard toilet paper tube blue and cut out a head, eyes, a beak and wings from construction paper. Glue the parts together to create the peacock’s head and body. Attach the fan to the back of the cardboard tube to give the peacock a tail.
Create a rolled paper peacock wreath. Cut a large circle from a piece of cardboard, and then cut a smaller circle inside it. The outer circle will become the wreath. Trace and cut out a child’s footprint from blue construction paper to make the peacock’s body. Add construction paper eyes and a beak. Glue the body onto the bottom of the wreath so that the wreath becomes the peacock’s tail. Cut 1-by-4-inch strips of construction paper. Roll the strips of paper into a circle and glue together. Glue the rolls of paper onto the wreath.
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