India Craft Ideas...and a "little" henna tattoo...

We studied India in summer camp this week!  I was so excited to learn about different animals found in India: peacocks and tigers!  I found some craft ideas on Pinterest and made them with my class.

Here is the adorable peacock craft!


I drew a circle and a shape for the body for the students to cut out and glue together.  Then we colored the background a light green to add detail.  


We used our finger as a paint brush to add little dots to make it look like "real" peacock feathers.  Then with a touch of glitter our peacocks came alive.  When glittering, I like to place the object in a box, let the kids go to town on the glitter, then I pour the remaining glitter back into the jar once everyone has had a turn.



We also made a tiger craft out of a paper plate!  I prepared all of the black shapes, the students painted the plate orange, and then they glued the shapes down to make a tiger!



My favorite part of learning about India was talking about henna temporary tattoos!  I showed a video from youtube of a lady giving a butterfly henna tattoo on someone's hand,  I showed the students different photos of henna art, and then we made this henna hand craft!  I gave the students a dye cut punch out of a hand, and asked them to make designs all over the hand with a black crayon...





I have to show you two funny photos of me with henna on my hand/arm...this is a funny story:  Ok, so a couple of years ago, I was laid off from my teaching job and had no idea of where I was going to work.  I thought...teach overseas!  So I taught in Cairo, Egypt for a semester.  It was my last evening in Egypt and my dear friend Sara took me out, and while out a woman came up and "asked" me if I wanted a henna tattoo.  I didn't have time to respond before she started inking my hand and then continued up my whole arm!  This is great for two reasons... 1. now I owed her money for the henna tattoo and 2.  this lasts for three weeks and I was leaving for home the next day.  It is one thing to walk around Egypt with a henna tattoo, it is another thing to be welcomed by my friends and family having a  huge design on my arm for the weeks to come.  I guess to them, it looked like I was really diving into the culture... :)


35 comments

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    Jessica
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  2. Just pinned . . . I LOVE these!!!!

    Kelley Dolling
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  3. Hey sweet girl,
    The Diamond teachers miss you so much. I had the pleasure of hanging out with the CLAS teacher on Friday and she made the connection. These projects are so cute but the hand one rocks!
    Fran

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  4. Such cute crafts!!! Love the henna hands!
    Your story is fabulous!!!! :)

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