On a trip to the craft store in the late fall, we picked up the cutest kiwi plush. It is bright and colorful, not at all like the actual flightless bird, but our daughter fell in love with it. I must admit to falling in love with the soft plush, too.
When I was thinking about what craft to do for the letter K, I was trying to come up with something that I had not seen done. Kites and kangaroos are popular letter K crafts but why not a kiwi? It's the perfect opportunity for our children to make an adorable craft and learn more about this interesting bird from New Zealand.
Facts About Kiwis
- Loose, hair-like feathers
- Strong, powerful legs
- No tail
- Tiny, almost non-existent wings of one inch
- Native to New Zealand
- Can live 30 to 50 years
- Lays one (maybe two) eggs in each clutch – they may have three clutches a year
- The heaviest kiwi – the brown kiwi – can weigh 3 to 11 pounds
- Even though kiwis are about the size of a chicken, their eggs are as big as an emu egg
- Classified in the same family – ratite – as its cousins the cassowary, emu, ostrich, and rhea
- Has a highly developed sense of smell
- Eats grubs, worms, bugs, berries, and seeds
- Construction paper (various colors including brown, orange, and tan)
- Glue sticks and white glue
- Googly eyes
- Plush kiwi (optional)
1. Gather all the materials. If your children are old enough, they can draw the shapes or cut out the shapes you draw for the craft.
2. Glue on the letter K.
3. Glue on the body of the kiwi.
4. Glue on the feet - they should stretch to the bottom two parts of the letter K.
5. Glue on the head and beak. The beak should stretch to one of the top parts of the letter K.
6. Glue on the eye. Only one - the kiwi is in profile!