Penguins are synonymous with the cold and, now that winter is here, they make the perfect theme for a seasonal craft activity. Jemima and I decided to create three different types of penguin.
1. Potato Print Penguins
This was a really fun activity. It was easy to do and you could adapt it to create as many penguins of different shapes and sizes as you like. We decided to make a little family of penguins: a mummy, daddy and baby! First of all, cut a suitably-sized potato in half and cut handles so it is easier to pick up. We used a larger potato for the adult penguins and a smaller one for the baby.
Dip the potato in black paint and print onto the page.
When this has dried, cut a smaller potato in half and print a white circle on top of the black one.
Finally, add in eyes (either painted or you could use stick-on goggly eyes), an orange beak and orange feet.
This year, we used our penguin design to make our family Christmas cards. We scanned it onto the computer and then uploaded it to http://www.snapfish.co.uk to create our cards.
2. Paper Plate Penguins
Begin by painting the back of a paper plate black.
Jemima had lots of fun painting paper plates!
When this has dried, turn your paper plate over so the white section is facing upwards and fold in both sides and the top. Glue or staple into place. I used pva glue but I had to put a book on top of the folds while it dried so that it stuck in place properly.
Using orange sugar paper or card, cut out a beak and two feet shapes. If you are making several, it’s a good idea to use your first as a template so they are all the same.
Glue these onto your plate.
Finally, draw around a small circular shape (I used the lid of a Pritt Stick) onto white card for the eyes, and then a smaller black shape (I used the top of a Sharpie marker pen). Glue the black circles onto the white.
Finally, glue the penguin’s eyes into place.
This is a fun family activity, and your children could make one each! Jemima enjoyed helping me with this, and when she is a little older she will be able to make one all by herself!
3. Toilet Roll Penguins
These are easy to make and look fabulous as festive decorations in your home. Begin by painting your toilet roll tube black, leaving a large section for the penguin’s distinctive white breast.
Once the paint is dry, paint your penguin’s breast white. Also paint two white circles for eyes.
When this has dried, paint on an orange beak and add black pupils to the eyes.
Cut out wings for your penguin using black sugar paper and feet using orange sugar paper. Use the first one you cut out as a template for the others.
Stick the feet on the bottom of the penguin using sellotape.
Finally, stick on the wings using glue.
These were super fun to make and Jemima loves playing with her penguins!
We hope you have lots of fun creating these festive penguins! I would love to hear how you got on.