A Parrot for a Pirate

It was a Pirate themed week in daycare last week and Friday was dress up day. Daisy demanded a parrot. After a little discussion  on whether she wanted a pirate or a parrot we decided to make a parrot for her shoulder.

Art for Kids has a great video on how to make a parrot and we gave it a go, the lady explaining is entertaining to watch!

You need:

A Parrot for a Pirate

Cut out card parrot.

Daisy tried out our Scissors and found them much easier to use than regular scissors. I had noticed she was struggling with cutting anything other than paper. With the squeeze Scissors she was able to cut through card with no problems. I hope Daisy will continue to gain confidence with the squeeze Scissors and I will move her back to regular scissors before she starts kindergarten in a years time.

With glue add eyes and a beak. Bending the card will make the beak sit out from the face.

Make a series of cuts on a strip of red card being careful not to cut all the way through. We practiced this a few times as Daisy kept cutting all the way through the card.  The first few attempts will go into the collage tray for future art projects!

Curl the head feathers with the edge of the scissors or a pencil. Daisy tried this and found it frustratingly difficult. I helped. Staple the head feathers onto the top of the parrot.

Cut the tail free and add a tail extension to make a longer tail. It helps the parrot to balance when on your shoulder.

Now feather your parrot up.

Rose woke up at this point and as you can tell from the pictures she had a wonderful time throwing the feathers everywhere!

Daisy had to try the parrot before bed:

For the rest of the costume we hunted through the dress up box and found little for inspiration. We turned to the Peter Pan movie instead. I can always count on Disney for inspiration. A red t-shirt, denim shorts, bandana, gold necklace and sash worked well. We made an eye patch out of black card and a hairband. The sword was recycled card reinforced with duct-tape.


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