We finished up our exploration of India by learning about their national bird, the peacock. We began by reading the book Meet the Peacock by Suzanne Buckingham. We learned all sorts of fun facts about the peacock. One of our favorite facts was learning that only the male bird is called the peacock, the females are peahens. After reading the book, we did a simple craft - making peacock feathers.
I had already prepped the craft by cutting out the various bits and pieces we would glue together. My plan was to demonstrate how the feathers went together and then let Lizzie work on the project independently.
After she sorted and arranged all the parts (her idea), she was ready to go. Armed with a glue stick, she got to work.
The project was simple, but pretty. It was also a good way for Lizzie to work on following directions. She did a great job and we had a lot of fun discussing the peacock while we worked. This is one reason why I love to pair a book with a project. Working on the project often leads to conversation about the book, reinforcing what you read in a natural manner.
In the end, we had a couple of vibrant feathers, a little learning and a lot of fun!