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Foam Penguin Craft
Waddle, waddle! Your students will use foam eggs and black paint to create their own miniature penguins.
PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
These cheery penguins are fun and easy to make. You can use this craft as part of a unit about winter or incorporate it into a lesson about penguins.
What You Need:
- Foam egg, one per student
- Black paint
- Black, orange, red, and white felt
- Craft glue or hot glue and gun
- Craft sticks, one per student
- Googly eyes, two per student
What You Do:
- Have your students trim off the bottom of the foam egg to make it flat, so that the egg can stand upright.
- Now have the students paint the egg black, leaving a white oval on the bottom half of the front side of the egg as space for the penguin’s chest. Set the egg aside to dry.
- Ask your students to cut two wing shapes from the black felt, two triangles from the orange felt for the feet, and a smaller orange triangle for the beak. The students should also cut a bowtie shape from the red felt and a small circle from the white felt to embellish the bowtie. Optional: The students can also cut a hat shape from the red felt, as shown.
- Have your students glue the white felt circle to the red bowtie.
- When the black egg is dry, the students can glue the wings to the sides of the penguin. They can also glue the triangle feet to the bottom, and glue the bowtie, beak, and eyes to the top of the penguin.
To add the optional hat:
- Have your students glue cotton across the bottom of the red hat and at the tip. Then they can glue a craft stick to the back of the hat.
- The students can attach the penguin's hat by inserting the craft stick into the top of the egg until the bottom of the hat touches the penguin's head.