Let’s Have a Luau!
Project Title: Hawaiian themed art projects
Description: leis and parrot puppets
Author: Mary Hager
Grade level or Target Age Range: Preschool
Vocabulary: lei, luau, Hawaii, hula
Materials: For leis: string, cutouts of paper flowers with holes in the middle and small cut pieces of plastic straws. Plan to prepare the flowers and straws before class. For parrot puppets: paper cups, red, yellow, and orange construction paper, glue, crayons, scissors, and fake feathers.
Before we made the leis, we learned about Hawaii. For instance:
- We talked about how Hawaii is an island.
- We learned the different animals we might find on Hawaii, such as parrots
- Last week we made paper volcanoes and the students learned that volcanoes can be found on Hawaii
- We also talked about leis: how they are usually made with real flowers and how they are important to the Hawaiian culture (people are now greeted with leis when they arrive in Hawaii).
- Take one bead and string it to the bottom of your necklace and tie a knot around it. This will ensure that the students’ beads will not fall off of their leis.
- Demonstrate how to make a lei by stringing a paper flower followed by a small plastic bead (the cut straws).
- Explain that there is a pattern to making a lei (bead, flower, bead, flower, bead).
When the students completed their leis, I taught them how to hula dance and then let them dance to Hawaiian music. They absolutely loved this!!
*** Dancing video <– watch the students learn how to hula dance!
- Cover each paper cup with red or orange paper.
- Pre-cut 3 wings (in small, medium and large sizes) from different colored paper.
- Glue these wings glued in layers on top of each other to make one colorful wing.
- Once the wings are complete, the students will glue the wings on either side of the cup.
- Next, cut out one large circle for the head (out of red or orange paper).
- Cut a large beak out of paper and glue this in the middle of the circle.
- Have students draw eyes on either side of the beak.
- Add feathers to the top of the head with glue.
- Glue the head to the cup and allow time for the parrot to dry
- Once everything is dry, students can use the parrot as a puppet by placing their hand inside the cup.
“Transforming Lives Through Art”
~ Mary Hager