This cute penguin craft for kids comes with an extra special addition. The tummy is a yarn weaving activity that is great for working on fine motor coordination and visual motor skills (aka- hand eye coordination). That makes this the perfect penguin craft for pre k, but really is fun for any age. Your kiddo can wind and unwind the yarn around the brads over and over again, making different patterns each time. So, let’s make a penguin craft! Because who doesn’t love a penguin!?!
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Black construction paper
- Paper plate (9-inch coated)
- Glue stick
- Hole punch
- Scraps of orange construction paper
- 2 Medium googly eyes
- 12 Metal brads
- White yarn (about 1 yard)
- Optional: white paint and q-tip
Ages: Preschool on up
Time: 15 minutes (or less)
I want to remind you that you do not have to be super crafty to enjoy creating things with your kids and actually ENJOY the process! You will notice that this craft is kept simple and doesn’t use a ton of supplies. Like every project here at inthebagkidscrafts.com, it started with the same master list of basic craft supplies, a list of 29 inexpensive items that fit into one bag. And we do this to make your life a little easier, at least in this one area. Because crafting with your kids truly has so many benefits (including allowing them to express themselves and be heard without screens in the way), and this is one way to remove some of the barriers…like it’s too messy or too expensive or takes to much time. Happy crafting!
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- Paint the heads of your metal brads with a little white paint. A q-tip is the perfect tool for the job. You will need about 12 brads, but just to be safe make a couple of extras.
Step 1: Make the Penguin’s belly
- Cut an out oval out of the middle of your paper plate. If you would like, there is a template for this step.
- Once the oval is cut out, use the hole punch to make holes around the outside, spaced about 1″ apart or so.
Step 2: Penguin Craft Template
- You can continue to use the printable template for this step and cut out the parts by printing, tracing and cutting…OR
- Place the white oval onto the black paper and draw a penguin body around it. It will look something like a fat bowling pin.
- Then cut two ovals that are pointed on one end for the wings from the black construction paper.
- From the scraps of orange construction paper, cut out his feet. For the beak, fold a small piece in half and cut a triangle away from the crease.
Step 3: Put It Together
- Use the glue stick to adhere the penguin’s white stomach to his body.
- Then add the wings, feet and beak.
- Last, glue on some googly eyes.
- This is the time to also add any other little details that you would like…give him a hat, have him wear sunglasses, a tuft of hair, or maybe galoshes…make it your own!
Step 4: Add the Yarn
- To put the finishing touches on this penguin craft for kids, press a metal brad through each of the holes around your adorable penguin’s white middle. The brads will go easily through the black construction paper by just gently pushing.
- Secure each brad in place by separating the back prongs, but be sure not to press to hard in order to leave some room for the yarn to go around the brads.
- Now cut about a yard’s length of white yarn. Start by wrapping it a couple of times around one of the pegs and then weaving it back and forth. You can return to a brad more than once if you would like. Once you are done with your pattern, just wrap it a couple of times around the last brad and trim away the excess.
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I truly cannot wait to see your penguin crafts! Maybe you have some rainbow yarn at home and want to give him a little color? Or maybe you want to make your penguin a costume to wear…a hat, glasses, wig, boots? This is your amazing craft, and you should make it your own! I would love to hear how you like our little penguin friend and what other craft ideas you would like to see here. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org any time!
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