Penguins are adorable and popular creatures that lend themselves well to craft projects, especially winter-themed ones. Penguin crafts can be done when studying polar habitat and wildlife, or as a winter activity during the holidays. Using toilet paper rolls to make the penguins teaches the value of reusing and recycling.
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Toilet Paper Roll Penguin
An empty toilet paper roll turns into an adorable penguin with just some coloured construction paper and glue. You can cover the roll with black construction paper and add a white oval for the tummy. Glue on wiggly eyes, an orange beak and paper feet and wings to complete the penguin. Try putting the penguin in an iceberg habitat by painting an inverted cardboard coffee tray or egg carton white. Spray-on glitter can be added for a decorative effect.
After making a toilet paper roll penguin out of construction paper, you can turn it into a puppet by gluing a craft stick to the back. Kids can have fun creating a puppet show complete with backdrops and homemade props, as well as other toilet paper roll animals.
Penguin Winter Wreath
A penguin themed wreath can be made by reusing empty toilet paper rolls. You will need 14 to 16 rolls for this project so start saving or ask for donations from friends and family. The wreath base is a wire coat hanger with the bottom bent into a circle. The toilet paper rolls are strung onto the coat hanger sideways (so the hanger pokes through both sides of each roll). One or more roll can be decorated as a penguin. Any remaining rolls can then be painted black and white to match the penguin, or painted white and sprayed with glitter for a snowy theme.
Penguin Pencil Holder
For a cute penguin pencil holder, decorate a toilet paper roll penguin with construction paper. Then cut out a cardboard circle the size of the opening in the toilet paper tube and glue or tape it over the opening on the bottom. Put pens and pencils in from the top to use your new pencil-holding penguin.
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