Vyas is programmed to remember school assignments delivery just on the day before the D-line. That is, if it involves any craft. He is probably aware that his mommy is wired not to refuse cooperation. He had to come up with 2 crafts involving birds and this is what we did.
We used the box of a board puzzle game for the base. Idea courtesy- Vyas. Had not stocked up any charts and the colored scrap paper-book did not have one full decent page that was not cut up! Following are the materials used for filling:
1. An old pair of white socks – for the white-furred portion of the pingu’s body
2. A black satin band – for the black furred arm portion
3. M-seal – for the nails, feet & beak outline
4. Tea-dust – for the tail and filling the feet
5. Corn-rava plus yellow glass paint – for the yellow portion on the breast, neck and beak. Vyas kept saying it looked like butter-scotch ice-cream:). The book from which I lifted the drawing idea had the yellow-coloring. Not sure if all the penguins really have them. It looked nice and that is all that mattered:)
6. Black felt cloth cut into small pieces from an old un-finished embossed painting kit – for the pingu’s face.
Yours truly did the drawing outline. The sticking was done by the junior. I helped with stretching the socks to fit the shape! Finally, we stuck a transparent glass sheet stretching on the entire box giving it a framed-photo look. I forgot to click a pic of the final product..
Time taken: 2 hours. Of which 1 hr was spent finalizing what kind of collage we need to come up with. The ideas from the master included one super bird with a lot of sub-sets of smaller ones, or sticking pics of various types or beaks and claws to form the body of a larger bird, a model of a bird with real feathers, ithyadi. I had to remind my fellow that a bird on paper/board was worth 10 in the mind! Well in this case, while all his ideas were awesome, something churned out quick and simple was the need of the hour! And it was decided we’ll do one easy bird and fill it up. Eagle, Kingfisher, Vulture, Woodpecker, Humming bird et al were in the reckoning and Pingu won. Another 30 mins was spent on turning the kitchen upside-down looking for things to fill the pic with. To our utter dismay we found only the corn-rava and tea dust there! And then some bulbs flashed and we quickly tore up an old pair of socks and a black band. Thus Pingu was born.
The next day, Vyas told be about another deadline the following day. And we had to make what he called ‘mobile birds’ and for reference, he showed a picture of something like a wind chime with birds hanging. “We’ll quickly go and buy few plastic birds and string them, okay? ” he said. It was 8.30 PM. He had to make good with few posture cards I’d stocked. I drew only one picture- the yellow woodpecker. He drew and colored the rest.
1. Posture cards (cards of thick chart paper used to make flash cards)
2. Crayon colors
3. Twine bits
4. Ice-cream sticks
6. A curtain ring.
The picture explains the rest..