We love penguins and this easy penguin craft uses our free printable template to make it even more simple for you to create with your child.
I’ll be showing you how to make this craft using step by step instructions but I’ll also be sharing how you can adapt it to make it suitable for your child’s age so that you can focus on having fun together.
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Penguins are a great topic for winter crafts and I think that they’re one that pretty much everyone likes, after all penguins are so cute!
This craft has two different parts to it, coloring the penguin itself and decorating the background. This makes it a really easy one for you to adapt as you can do both parts as I have or you can choose the part that you think your child will enjoy the most and just go with that.
I’ve also shared some more ideas below for ways that you can adapt this craft so you can change it to include materials that you already own or can find easily or change this activity up in a way that you think will be more fun for your child. Go with whatever works for you!
Free Printable Penguin Template
To create this craft I’ve used our free printable penguin template.
You can print and use the template as many times as you like which is perfect if you want to make this with a group.
Penguin Craft Materials
Black and blue paint
Tray or plate
Orange and pink markers
Penguin Craft Tutorial
Print out your penguin template onto white printer paper or cardstock and color in the beak and feet with an orange marker and the cheeks with a pink marker.
Pour your black paint into a plate or tray, this makes it easier to access. You can hold onto your pom pom using your fingers or if you don’t like the feel of paint you can hold onto this using a clothes peg instead.
Dip your pom pom into the paint and then use this to decorate the parts of your penguin that would normally be black dabbing in onto the paper then leave the paint to dry.
While it is drying we’re going to print the background.
I’ve found over the years that the easiest way to print with bubble wrap is to make a little mitten like glove with it that you can put over your child’s hand. Not only does this stop them getting too covered in paint (arguably a win for me as well as them) but it means that you get a better print of the round bubble shapes.
To do this just cut out some bubble wrap just over twice the width of your child’s hand and then sellotape it into a little bag shape. You can tape up the top or not depending on what works best for you.
All you need to do then is put your bubble wrap covered palm into some blue paint and then place your hand down onto the colored cardstock or paper to make your bubble wrap prints. Do this until your paper is covered.
Once it is dry stick your painted penguin onto your background.
Ways to Adapt This Craft
You could glue cotton balls onto the penguin’s belly.
I’ve used pom poms and black paint as that was what we had at home but for a quicker version that won’t involve you having to wait for paint to dry you could color the penguin’s body using a bingo dauber instead or just color it with a black pen for something even simpler.
Change the blue cardstock that I’ve used to white cardstock or use white paint instead of blue.
Instead of the painted background that I’ve done you could glue your penguin onto blue paper and use white pens or paint to make snowflakes in the background or maybe use some snowflake stickers.
You could also try using bleeding tissue paper for the background to turn this into more of an art project. You can see how this is done in our sled winter art project.
More Winter Crafts For Kids
We’ve shared lots of winter crafts and activities and many of them use our free pintables to help you set them up.
Our easy snowflake crafts are really popular with lots of ideas for ways to decorate a snowflake and using our free template to make them.
Or why not try making this snowman resist art?
Finally we used our polar bear template to make this polar bear collage using materials found around our home.