This penguin craft for kids starts with a simple paper lunch bag and turns into such a completely adorable animal craft. It’s the perfect make and play craft. And, of course, penguins are the perfect winter craft, but you can make him any time of the year and enjoy the process.
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Penguin Fun Facts
- A group of penguin in the water is called a raft and on the land is a waddle.
- They can swim very fast, over 10 mph and dive as deep as 800 feet.
- Penguin’s black and white colors are not random. They are a kind of camouflage.
- They mate for life and can locate their mate in a crowd or over distance through distinct calls.
- Penguins are very social animals.
- There is a special oil that insulates their body and makes them water proof.
To learn even more fun things about penguins, you can check out this article at Good Housekeeping.
SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Paper lunch bag
- Black paint
- Construction paper
- Scotch tape
- Googly eyes (or printed paper eyes)
- Glue stick
- Penguin craft template
Combine Reading with Crafting
To turn this into a kids activity that goes beyond just making a craft and then forgetting about it, add reading a good book. Here are some of our favorite penguin books for kids.
How to Make a Penguin Craft for Kids
Step 1: Paint the Bag
- Lay out some newspaper on your crafting surface.
- Place the paper lunch bag on the newspaper with the flap facing down and the opening at the top.
- Pinch a pompom with a clothespin to form a “paint brush”.
- Paint the paper bag black, leaving the top inch or so unpainted.
Step 2: Use the Penguin Craft Template
- While the paint is drying on your paper bag, download and print out the penguin craft template.
- Use the template to cut all of your pieces out of construction paper.
- For the beak, you can make it flat or fold it and then cut it our with the flat part on the fold.
- From black paper, make the head, hair tuft and 2 wings. From white paper make the tummy, and make the feet and beak from orange construction paper.
- Now that the paint has dried, it’s time to put together your penguin parts.
- Glue the white tummy onto the middle of the paper bag toward the bottom. You want to leave plenty of room at the top for adding on the head later.
- With the bag still flat, glue on the wings and feet also. The feet will be glued onto the back side at the bottom.
- Also put the face together, gluing in place the hair tuft and beak. We then put googly eyes in place and added some rosy cheeks from pink construction paper.
- Open up your paper lunch bag.
- Tear strips of newspaper and crumple them into balls.
- Place the crumpled up newspaper balls into the opening of the bag one at a time until the bag is filled, but not over-stuffed.
- Once the bag is stuffed, crimp the top together and wrap it up with some scotch tape.
- Place the head at the top of your paper bag where you have gathered it together and secured it with scotch tape.
- Use a couple of pieces of tape to attach the head to the gathered up section of the bag.
Now that you know how to make this easy penguin craft for kids, it’s time to really make it your own. We used traditional colors of black and white for our pengiun, but you can get as creative as you’d like. Change up the colors, add more details, pose him in different ways and have him hold special objects of your choice. The only limit is your imagination.