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... :)