Penguin Craft

My kids and I read a book on penguins and then made a cool penguin craft – a penguin chain.

Penguins (Smithsonian) Penguins! Penguin (See How They Grow) Penguin Chick (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) National Geographic Readers: Penguins! 

You need paper, crayons, pens, or paints, glitter, googly eyes, colored construction paper, scissors, pencils, and glue.  The glitter and the paints are optional, depending on your mess tolerance level.

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Penguin Craft Instructions

First, fold a piece of paper into fourths, accordion style.  I used freezer paper because it is larger, sturdy, and is waxed on one side so if the kids overdo the glue or use paints, the paper can handle it.

Next draw your design onto the paper, making sure that the left and right sides run off the paper so your penguins are “holding hands”.  I traced a penguin out of the aforementioned penguin book.

Finally use the photos or illustrations in the book as a guide to color your penguins.  You can make all one species or make each penguin a different species.

If you do this for a school project you can hole punch some point on their bodies and put them folded into your science notebook.

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Additional Layers

  • Learn about the Antarctic and other southern lands where these penguins live.
  • You could make the figures bears, or songbirds, or snowmen.  Whatever goes with what you’re learning about at the moment.
  • The explorer, Ernest Shackleton, and his stranded crew survived their Antarctic shipwreck by eating penguins and using their body fat for fuel.  Read about their adventures in Shipwreck At the Bottom of the World.
  • Read Mr. Popper’s Penguins, a fun crazy story about a fun crazy guy.
  • Penguins are a popular zoo animal.  See if you can visit some at a zoo near you.
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