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Preening Peacock

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Art & Craft Activities for Children 3 to 6





The Arts: Visual Arts


Fine Motor




Individual Child

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Paper plates
Blue, green, and gold construction paper
Plastic spoon
Blue, green, turquoise, and black markers
Small sticky dots
Spring-type clothespins


What to do
1. Ahead of time, cut a paper plate in half for the peacock’s body. Also, cut paper in one of the
three colors into 1” by 3” (2.5 cm by 7.5 cm) pieces. Fold each piece into a pleated fan to form
the peacock’s crown. Tape the crown on the back of a plastic spoon. Last, cut about eight green
and eight blue strips from construction paper, about 4” to 6” (10 cm to 15 cm) long, for each
child. Invite older children to help you with some of these preparations.
2. Using markers, have the children color their plate blue or green and their spoon blue or
turquoise. Let them attach sticky dots for eyes and a small triangle of paper for a beak; alternatively,
let them draw the features using a black marker.
3. Have the children hold their plate with its rounded side up. Tape the spoon handle to the middle
of the plate, positioning the spoon itself near the rounded edge of the plate.
4. Show the children how to glue the green and blue strips of paper onto the paper plate, fanning
out from the center.
5. Ask the children to add the peacock’s eye spots using a marker, then color two clothespins for
legs with a marker as well.
6. Attach the clothespins to the bottom of the plate.
7. Show the children how to mold claws or a base from playdough and attach the playdough to
the end of the clothespins.
More to do
More art: Paint colorful peacocks at the easel. Use feathers to create a peacock mask or fan.
Movement: Wearing colorful masks and gesturing with fans, dance to a lively selection of music.

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