Finding ways to boost wellbeing and feel good at home are imperative towards maintaining healthy bodies and minds.

Getting creative with the kids is a great way to keep them entertained for hours and help their imaginations continue to run wild while staying at home. Over the course of our closure, we'll be sharing quick and easy-to-follow guides for fun family crafts using bits and pieces from around the house.

Put those extra toilet roll tubes to good use by making your very own feathery friend in this easy step-by-step tutorial for kids.

Equipment needed:

  • Toilet roll tube (you can also use a kitchen towel tube cut in half)
  • White paper for the eyes (or you could use googly eyes if you have them)
  • Yellow paper for the beak
  • 2 x A4 paper – different colours (if you don't have coloured paper, you can colour it in with pencils or crayons)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Black pen

Let's begin!

1. Cover the toilet roll tube with one of the A4 coloured papers. To do this, put some glue on your toilet roll and stick it to the edge of the paper - then roll. Glue the end where it meets and cut along that edge and the top where the toilet roll stops. This doesn't have to be neat. You can tuck any bits that poke out inside so they aren't visible.

2. With the other A4 piece of paper, draw and then cut roughly 2cm lengths along the short edge. You will end up with roughly 14 lengths. These don’t have to be exact and so if you don’t have a ruler, don't worry. Just use a straight edge.

3. Glue the two ends together on all these lengths to make a teardrop shape. These will be your peacock's feathers.

4. Use plenty of glue to glue these shapes to the toilet roll tube. Glue them to the back of the tube, where the coloured paper meets. You could make more of these shapes in a different colour or different lengths if you like, so that the peacock's feathers are even more colourful.

5. Fold a little piece of yellow paper in half and cut a long triangle – this will be the beak. On another piece of folded yellow paper, draw a foot. Make sure it’s got an extra-long leg as this will be useful for gluing. You can then fold the paper in half to cut two identical foot shapes.

6. Put some glue on the end of the leg and tuck inside the toilet roll tube. Press firmly so the glue sticks. You can then bend the feet out towards the front. Glue on the beak and googly eyes – or draw your own eyes on white paper and glue them on.

Finished! You can use all sorts of different colours to create a whole family of peacocks. You could even cut the toilet roll tubes in half to make some baby peacocks and peahens. What other animals can you make?