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Peacock Craft

I think I've mentioned before that we haven't been doing a ton of crafts as of late. The weather has been nice, so playing in the dirt outdoors is my boys' preference. When we are stuck inside, Big Buddy is very happy to just draw sauropods over and over and over again.  I did manage to talk them into doing one craft during our bird unit - peacocks!

aren't they cute? 

supplies: foam brushes, 2 coffee filters, sequins, glue, toilet paper tube,
 acrylic paint (it provides better coverage the tempera), dot markers (if
you don't have dot markers you can use food coloring), water colors or
washable markers, goggly eyes, a small triangle for a beak (not pictured)

Step 1: fold the top sides of the toilet paper tube down and staple in place - see picture above for example

Step 2: use acrylic paint to cover tubes

Step 3: use dot markers to color coffee filters 

because the bleed so much we stacked or coffee filters

Step 4: once coffee filters are dry, fold them so they stagger in size and then place one coffee filter inside the other

Step 5: glue sequins on to coffee filters

Step 6: glue eyes and beak on to top of toilet paper tube

i original hadn't planned for a face but big buddy asked

Step 7: once all pieces are dry, place folded coffee filters in center of tube and staple into place.

mini man's peacock

big buddy's peacock

If you decided to do your own little peacock study, here are some books you and your children might enjoy. 

nonfiction, lots of facts, beautiful photos
nonfiction, great for a preschooler or
beginner reader
folk tale from India, beautiful illustrations, great lesson
on seeing value in others

You also might want to check out I Heart Craft Things' peacock crafts: Paper Plate Peacock & Peacock Craft, they are super cute.


  1. Those peacocks turned out so cute!

  2. The peacocks look great! My kids would enjoy making them.

  3. These are super cute! They did a great job on them.

  4. This is so great. I love any craft with dot paints too. How easy does that make it? Thanks for the beautiful idea. Jodi @

  5. Nice project. Thanks for sharing, I found you over at Link and Learn and I am now a new follower. If you get a chance, you should link up at my Thinky Linky Thursday sometime!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

  6. Thanks for the shout out Rachel, you are so sweet! :) I love how you layered the coffee filters on your peacock. We will definitely be trying this next time we learn about birds.


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