While writing up my lesson plan for my first class with the third graders I decided that I needed a dove to represent the Holy Spirit in a story I'll be having students act out. Acting out bible stories was a hit with the kids in VBS this past summer and I've decided I should try it out in my classes. My only problem? I didn't have the Holy Spirit! Talk about a dilemma!
A couple years ago Ellie made a super cute dove tree topper at her preschool that was made out of a plain old white paper plate. It would have been the perfect prop for my lesson, but it's packed away with our Christmas decorations. Certain that I could find this adorable dove craft online I did a quick search and came up with nothing. Ugh! Thanks to the wonders of iPhoto on my laptop, I managed to locate a picture of the craft and have done my best to replicate it.
It's a surprisingly simple craft that could be done with children in a religious education class to tie in with a lesson on the Holy Spirit, or it could even be used to make a Christmas decoration. To attach it to a tree you would need to hot glue a clothes pin on the back.
The craft is simply three shapes cut out of one paper plate. I colored the triangle orange to make a beak. I cut the edges off the scalloped part of the paper plate to make the wing and tail feather look more realistic.
Once it was assembled, I used glitter glue to jazz it up and make the dove's eye.