Peacock Craft

easy peacock craft for kids

This art project was inspired by a simple request “Make that?” . We were reading Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Eric Carle when my son took quite the liking to the page with the peacock on it. We had so much fun making it, I love it when projects are spontaneous .

  1. Gather your materials. You will need one large piece of construction paper, lots of different color construction paper ( we raided our scrap paper bin) , glue, scissors , and 2 googley eyes.
  2. Start by cutting the colored construction paper into feathers, and by feathers I mean kinda sorta ovals. No need to be exact!
  3. Next grab the glue, I put an X on the paper where the bottom of the feathers would go, told my son to add the glue there first. He loved covering the x and it was so easy!
  4. Start adding the feathers randomly. I started the pattern for my son then once the first few were on he was set.
  5. Add more glue
  6. Add more feathers.
  7. While your child is gluing cut a peacock body and beak out – I used the scrap of our scrap for this.
  8. When they are done with the feathers add the body.
  9. Add the glue for the eyes and beak.
  10. Add the beak and googly eyes.
  11. Let dry.


Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?by Eric Carle is an asset to any home or school library. Children love this book for good reason! The same way that the author’s Brown Bear Brown Bear supports learning about colors. This book is a fun way to introduce some more exotic animals to your toddler, and is a great add on to a 5 senses unit when you are learning about sound. The collage pictures will inspire you as they did my son.
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Back To School Crafts { Custom Pencils }

 

 

back to school craft
Who doesn’t love seeing their own name or artwork on something useful like a pencil? This is an easy way to bring new life to a boring or in our case a holiday pencil ! These are perfect back to school crafts.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some plain sticky back labels, markers, a pencil and pencil sharpener.
  2. Grab your markers and start designing, I can never find things with Allie on them and even if I use my whole name there are so many ways to spell Allison that I’m lucky if I find my spelling.
  3. Carefully wrap the label around the pencil. Don’t worry if it wrinkles just smush it down as flat as you can.
  4. Sharpen it and you are stylin’ ! All the pencils I made sharpened no problem with the labels!

Snowglobe Snowman

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When I originally posted this snowman craft I had a feeling it would be a hit, sure enough I have seen a bunch of these snowmen on my readers blogs and it came in at number 3 on our countdown – Best of 2008! One reader also emailed me to let me know she used a ziplock instead of contact paper with awesome results!

 

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, some orange and black construction paper, 2 buttons, some sequins, sparkles, contact paper, scissors, double stick tape, a stapler, and some ribbon. I also used some paint because my son wanted to paint and I like how it looks but you can skip this step if you want.
  2. Have your child paint the paper plate, and let dry. If you use a sponge paint brush the paint will go on lightly and dry fast.
  3. While they do that cut out a nose from the orange paper, a hat and some coal for the mouth.
  4. Cut a rectangle of contact paper and fold in half , make sure it’s big enough to cover the hole you will be cutting in the plate.
  5. Peel back the contact paper backing and let your child shake the sparkles on it.
  6. Add some sequins.
  7. Fold the contact paper so it sandwiches the sparkles , seal it. You may have to use some tape to make sure it’s sealed and nothing falls out.
  8. Cut out the middle of the plate.
  9. Add glue to the cutout middle for the coal mouth, nose and hat. Obviously older kids can do this themselves but it gives toddlers a great guide to be independent.
  10. Add the face pieces.
  11. Add the button eyes.
  12. While your child is adding the face pieces , attach the contact paper to the inside of the paper plate ring, I used double stick tape cause it holds contact paper well.
  13. Staple the face to the belly, I use staples with coated paper plates because glue doesn’t always work very well.
  14. Add the ribbon as a scarf to cover the staples.

Shape Turkey Craft For Kids

When you are teaching shapes it’s easy to fall into a rut, this activity is a great example of how to mix shapes into art seamlessly. This is a fun way of including Thanksgiving crafts into your math lesson.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need Various colors of construction paper, googly eyes, scissors, glue and markers.
  2. Give your child a piece of construction paper you have cut into a big square, have them decorate it with markers ( or crayons) if they are old enough you can ask them to draw the very first thanksgiving, or maybe a farm scene. If they want to just go abstract that’s perfect too.
  3. While your child is drawing cut out 5 hearts 4 large and one tiny.
  4. Next cut out a large oval, a rectangle , a small circle and a triangle.
  5. Time to start gluing! Start with your hearts. Arrange them so that the points are down , they are going to be the feathers.
  6. Next glue the oval lengthwise over the bottom of the hearts.
  7. Now the rectangle. When something has to be glued in a certain direction I like to add the glue first so my son can see how it goes without me looming over him, then he can succeed on his own!
  8. Add the circle for the head.
  9. I did the googly eyes because my son was trying to put it in his mouth (will it never end?) , also add the triangle and tiny heart for a beak and waddle.

Song!

I have a turkey, big and fat.
He spreads his tail and walks like that.
His bowl of corn he would not miss
And when he talks, it sounds like this
Gobble Gobble Gobble!

Sail Boat Craft

 

boat craft

We live by the water and one of my son’s favorite things to do is to jump in the Ergo and check out the boats at the marina. We decided to make our own today. Here is how we did it.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need A paper towel roll, the top of an egg carton, some tissue paper, glue, paint scissors and tape.
  2. Paint the egg carton. We used the dot a art paint, because it goes on with very little mess and had a playdate shortly after art time but any paint will do, just keep it thin so it doesn’t saturate the carton.
  3. Next up the paper towel roll mast!
  4. While your child is painting, cut the tissue paper into a sail.
  5. Glue onto the mast.
  6. Add a layer of tape on top to keep the sail in place. You don’t have to do this but I find tissue paper is so flimsy that I did 3 layers and needed glue on the bottom and tape on top.
  7. Glue the mast onto the boat, I poured a ton of glue and stuck the roll into it. Let dry.
  8. Voila , your boat is beautiful and environmentally responsible!


Books!

” Boats” by Byron Barton is a board book that has been read continually since it came home form the library a week ago. Perfect for toddlers who will appreciate the simple text and bright fun pictures, this book is a great for anyone with a child who like mine screams ” Boat, Dingy! Boat!” whenever they are near water!

” An Island in the Soup “ by Mirelle Levert is an award winning book , and it’s easy to see why. The story follows a little boy who refusing to eat imagines a fantasy world in his bowl of soup, it rains peas and carrots and he encounters a bad fairy but in the end he eats his delicious soup. The illustrations are perfect although the bad fairy’s unibrow is very very frightening!

” Busy Boats” by Tony Mitton is s cute little book that uses cartoony characters to help explain all about boats and how they work. This is a perfect book for children who’s attention isn’t held by a non fiction book, but wants to know more about boats!