Ribbon Peace Doves
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 4 and up
Parental supervision is recommended
Violence, death and major illness are tough for kids (and adults too!) to understand. To help your child process difficult information in a positive way, make these lovely peace doves, accented by awareness ribbons that symbolize the causes that are meaningful to your family.
What you'll need:
- Empty, clean yogurt container
- White acrylic craft paint
- 2 large white pom poms
- 1 mini paper plate
- Construction paper in colors to represent the causes you choose
- Small scrap of goldenrod felt
- Small scrap of black craft foam
- 20 – 25 white feathers
- Hot glue gun
How to make it:
- Paint the outside of the yogurt container with white paint. Let dry completely then add a second coat. Set aside to dry.
- After you have chosen the colors for your causes, cut a thin strip of construction paper, about 8” long, to make the ribbon. Fold at the top into an inverted V shape, use the glue gun to secure the ribbon fold. Trim the ends straight up and down (see photo). Set ribbons aside.
- Place the paper plate upside down on the table.
- Hot glue the yogurt container upside down onto the center of the paper plate.
- Glue the 2 pom poms to the top of the yogurt container.
- Cut out 2 small triangles from the goldenrod felt scrap. Glue to the pom poms as beaks.
- Cut out 4 small crescent shapes from the black foam and glue two to each pom pom. These are the dove eyes.
- Glue white feathers all over the back and sides of the yogurt container, filling gaps as you go.
- Glue each colored ribbon to the plate brim around the yogurt container. Glue one to the front of the yogurt container.
- The crescent shapes may be difficult for kids to cut out. You can either cut them for them or choose an alternative such as wiggle eyes or small foam circles for the eyes.
- Before gluing the ribbons on, you may write the names of your causes or specific children or families that were affected by an event. For example, if your child knows a family affected by the war in Iraq this year, have them write that family name on a yellow ribbon.
- There are many different colors representing several causes supported by ribbon campaigns. For example:
Light pink Childhood cancer
Dark blue: Child abuse prevention
Crime victim rights
Yellow: Troop support
Child exploitation and abuse
Purple: Domestic abuse
Children with disabilities
Orange: Cultural diversity
Green: Missing children
Pink and blue mix Miscarriage, stillbirth or SIDS