Looking for an Indian-inspired holiday craft to do with your kids? Celebrate the gorgeous blue hues of winter with these easy-and-beautiful peacock ornaments.
Simply download our template here, cut onto colored cardstock and decorate. We used jewel stickers, but you can use stamps, markers, colored pasta – or whatever you have in the house. Group together for a whole peacock family!
The peacock isn’t just famous for its pretty plumage - it is also India’s National Bird – chosen perhaps for its beauty and its connection to the folklore and history of the country. Here are some interesting facts to share with your kids:
1. “Peacock” referes to the male bird. Females are called “peahens” and babies are called “peachicks.” The term “peafowl” is used when talking about birds of either gender.
2. A group of peafowls is called a “pride” or a “party.”
3. The peafowl is omnivorous. Its diet consists mainly of flower petals, seeds, plants, insects, reptiles and amphibians.
4. The peacock’s tail (called a “train”) contains more than 200 feathers. Because of its large train, the peacock is one of the largest flying birds on the planet!
5. Peahens lay ivory-colored eggs that are about 3 times the size of a regular chicken egg. The eggs incubate for about 28 days.
6. There are 3 general types of peafowls: the blue peafowl indigenous to India and Sri Lanka, the green peafowl from Java and Myanmar and the lesser-known Congo peafowl which lives in African rainforests.
7. Peafowl can be very moody – they don’t mix very well with other birds.
8. Some people in India consider the eyespots on a peacock’s train as “eyes of God.”
9. You can’t hunt peacocks in India – they were put under the Indian Wildlife Act in 1972 and are fully proctected by the Indian parliament.
10. The peacock is the vahana of Lord Murugan – Ganesha’s brother!