Easy Penguin Crafts to Make for Preschool

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Easy Penguin Crafts to Make for Preschool
Penguins are an ideal theme for winter crafts. (penguin image by Artiom Radonezhskiy from Fotolia.com)

Since penguins tend to be associated with cold weather, they make an excellent theme for wintertime crafts that preschool children can make. Preschool penguin crafts include making a penguin out of finger paint or a toilet paper roll. These crafts will keep preschool children busy while improving their motor skills as they paint, glue and decorate.

Fingerprint Penguin

The fingerprint penguin is a craft that requires a piece of paper and some black, white and orange poster paint. To create the penguins, children will dip their thumbs into white paint and make a thumbprint on the piece of paper. They will then dip their thumbs in black paint to make two oval wings on either side of the white thumbprint and a head, made with a smaller black print, on top of the white thumbprint. The teacher can help each student by painting on the eyes, beak and legs. These small penguins can be used as a decoration for a gift tag and can be attached to a homemade gift.

Footprint Penguin

Footprint penguins will help preschool children learn about tracing objects. To make this project, each student will need to trace three footprints, two on black paper and one on white paper. The two black foot prints are glued together to make a larger black area, and the white footprint is glued directly in the centre to create the penguin's tummy. Children can then glue on some googly eyes and a triangular beak.

Toilet Paper Roll Penguin

To make a penguin craft out of a toilet paper roll, you will need to find and print off a penguin template of your choice that can be wrapped around the toilet paper roll. Preschool students can glue their templates onto their toilet paper roll and colour them in. When the craft is complete, the teacher can glue on construction paper feet so the penguin will stand upright.

Cinnamon Clay Penguin

With this craft, preschool students can create their own penguin ornaments to decorate their house. To make the ornaments, the teacher should make a batch of cinnamon clay and roll it out to a thickness of 1/8 inch. The teacher should then cut the clay with a penguin-shaped cookie cutter, put a hole in the top of each cutout for a string and bake them until they are hard. When the ornaments are cooked, the children can use a variety of decoration materials to decorate their penguin ornaments. They can also choose their favourite colour of ribbon to thread through the hole.

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