FlamingosColor Me Pink

What’s about 6 feet tall with wings and pink all over? Flamingos! The following recipes and craft are all about those brightly colored birds. The first recipe appeared in the spring 2008 Kids Alive, but the others are featured here on the Web site only. Starting May 10, you can visit the Zoo’s new flamingo exhibit called the Idabel Wilmot Borchert Flamingo Exhibit and Overlook. The Caribbean flamingos will have you tickled pink!

Bologna Bird Sandwich

Bologna Bird Sandwich1 rounded slice white bread
1 slice round bologna (about 4 inches diameter)
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 carrot

  1. With your parents’ permission, print out the flamingo stencil (pdf, 58 KB) and cut out stencil with scissors.
  2. Place stencil in center of bologna. Using a butter knife, carefully cut around stencil to create a bologna flamingo. Spread mayonnaise onto bread. Place bologna flamingo in center of bread on top of mayonnaise. Use scraps from the bologna slice to create plants or decorations on bread (see photo).
  3. Have a parent cut carrot into a 3-inch-long stick and then cut into two 1/4-inch-wide “legs.” Place carrot sticks under bread to create flamingo legs. Makes 1 open-face sandwich.

Flamingo Jam Sandwich

1 slice of bread, toasted
1 tablespoon cream cheese
1 tablespoon strawberry jam
2 pretzel sticks

  1. With your parents’ permission, print out the flamingo stencil (pdf, 58 KB). Using scissors, cut out the bird shape only.
  2. Place stencil in center of toast. With a parent’s help, use a knife to carefully cut around stencil and create a flamingo from the toast.
  3. Spread cream cheese on the flamingo-shaped toast and then cover with jam.
  4. Place pretzel sticks under toast for the flamingo’s legs. Enjoy! Makes 1 open-face sandwich.

Flamingo Nest Cookies

1/3 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chow mein noodles
Peanut butter (optional)
6 candy-coated chocolate eggs, white and blue (like real flamingo eggs)

  1. Melt chocolate chips in medium bowl in microwave, about 45 seconds. Stir chow mein noodles into melted chocolate.
  2. Cover a plate with some waxed paper. Using a spoon, place 2 mounds of chow mein-chocolate mixture onto plate to form “nests.”
  3. Spread peanut butter on bottom of eggs to keep them in place, if you want. Place 3 eggs in each nest. Makes 2 treats.

Flying Flamingo Mobile

Make your own mobile. A mobile is a group of objects (such as animal cutouts) that hang and move in the wind. Mobiles are fun to watch. This bright pink flamingo mobile would make a great gift for Mother’s Day. This year, in 2008, Mother’s Day is on May 11.

Photo A

Photo A

Photo B

Photo B

Photo C

Photo C

Black flamingo stencil
White computer paper
1 flamingo-pink crayon or marker
Clear tape, 2 inches wide
Hole puncher
1 yard string, 1/8 inch wide
1 sheet flamingo-pink tissue paper
1 wire clothes hanger

  1. With your parents’ permission, print out four copies of the flamingo stencil (pdf, 58 KB) onto white computer paper. Using scissors, cut out bird shape only. Use a pink crayon or marker to color white side of flamingo.
  2. Cover both sides of paper flamingo with tape, and then cut off extra tape with scissors. The tape will stiffen the flamingos, and they will hang better. Using hole punch, make a hole in top of each flamingo’s back.
  3. Cut 4 lengths of string, each a different size: 4 ½ inches long, 8 ½ inches long, 6 ½ inches long, and 3 ½ inches long. Put a piece of string through hole in each flamingo. Tie string in a knot. Cut small pieces of tissue paper and tape over knot to cover it. Tie other end of string to bottom part of wire hanger (see photo A) and knot.
  4. Cut long, inch-wide strips of tissue paper. Wrap around hanger to cover. When one strip ends, tape its end to the hanger. Start another strip (see photo B). Continue wrapping until hanger is completely covered with pink paper (see photo C). Give to your mom or a friend. Try hanging it somewhere in the house. Makes 1 mobile.

Activities & Recipes by Loni Luna. Live Caribbean flamingo photos and flamingo mobile photos by Paula Brookmire. Sandwich photo and flamingo stencil by Zoological Society Creative Department.