12 CUTE Penguin Crafts for Kids

Looking for some penguin crafts for kids?

Penguin crafts are fun to make, and they also are perfect for making alongside an animal-themed learning unit.

Let’s get started with my 12 penguin crafts for kids!


#1: Penguin Paper Plate Craft

Paper plate crafts are fun and easy for kids to make!

I love how you can transform a simple paper plate into something so cute. This penguin craft is a must-try.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • paper plates
  • acrylic paint
  • cotton balls
  • glue
  • cardstock paper
  • scissors
  • pipe cleaners
  • poms
  • hot glue

B. Set-up

Fold the sides of the paper plate in towards the center and fold the top down on top.

You can secure the top by hot gluing it down if you want to.

C. Activity

Paint the sides, top, and a little bit of the bottom black or grey.

Then, while waiting for it to dry, create the eyes, beak, feet, and wings out of cardstock paper. You can draw these, and your little one can cut them out and paste them in place.

Then, they can add a thin layer of glue on the inside white part of the penguin and add cotton balls on the inside.

This is an adorable penguin craft your kids will love.

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#2: Paper Bag Penguin

Paper bag crafts are fun and simple for kids to make. These crafts take just a few minutes to make, and they turn out super cute.

This penguin craft is great for toddlers and preschoolers because they can play with them afterward!

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • white paper bags
  • cardstock paper
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • poms
  • pipe cleaner
  • hot glue
  • googly eyes
  • marker

B. Set-up

Draw a semi-circle on your bag at the bottom, so the kids know what areas to paint black. The white area will be the penguin’s belly.

Draw the parts of a penguin. You’ll need a beak, eyes, feet, and wings!

You can draw them for the kids, and they can cut them out, or you can do both steps for them, depending on their age.

C. Activity

The kids will use a glue stick to glue on each part of the penguin! The eyes and the beak can be at the top of the bag, the wings can be glued on the back or front, and the feet at the bottom!

Lastly, you can add some poms and a pipe cleaner using hot glue or leave it as is!

#3: Ice Skating Penguin Activity

This one is not a penguin craft but a fun penguin-themed activity that needed a place in the article.

This one is great for an indoor play idea in the winter or even summertime!

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

B. Set-up

Add water to a sensory bin and drop a few drops of blue food coloring and mix it with a spoon.

Then, add water to your muffin tray and place the penguins in. Finally, place both the sensory bin and tray into the freezer overnight.

C. Activity

Remove the sensory bin and ice mold from the freezer and pop out the ice with the penguins inside of them.

To make the fake snow, follow the directions on the bag and add a bit on top of the sensory bin!

Place the penguins onto the blue ice and skate them around! Place other arctic animals on the ice and play!

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#4: Penguin Handprint Craft

There is just something so cute about handprint crafts. I always have to add them to these fun craft articles.

This penguin craft is such a cute keepsake, and it’s SO easy to make too!

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • cardstock paper
  • googly eyes
  • glue
  • cotton balls
  • white paint
  • scissors

B. Set-up

Trace your child’s hand on black cardstock paper and cut it out.

C. Activity

Paste the handprint onto blue paper. Then, create a belly and beak out of paper and paste those in place!

Add a thin layer of glue at the bottom of the page and have the kids stick cotton balls on for the snow.

Then, they will dip their finger in paint and make snowflakes all around their penguin craft.


#5: Paper Penguin Craft

There’s nothing better than a simple paper craft! Everything in this craft is made from paper.

This penguin paper craft is great for a class winter animal-themed unit craft.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • cardstock paper
  • glue stick
  • scissors

B. Set-up

Create a large semi-circle for the penguin’s body with black paper, and then make a smaller white one for the face and belly.

C. Activity

Paste the body of the penguin onto blue paper. Then, create wings, feet, and a beak out of paper.

Have the kids cut them out and paste them down where they belong on the penguin!

Create a blanket of snow at the bottom of the paper out of white paper. Draw a curvy line, cut it out, and paste it to the bottom.

You can add some paper snowflakes and a scarf on the penguin too.


#6: Sponge Print Penguin

Sponges are an easy tool for kids to use in arts and crafts. This penguin craft is great for toddlers and preschoolers.

I love how they look on the blue paper with the fingerprint snow in the back!

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • sponges
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • cardstock
  • glue
  • glitter glue
  • acrylic paint

B. Set-up

Draw a circle shape using a Sharpie on a sponge and cut it out.

Create wings, beaks, and feet out of cardstock paper.

C. Activity

Paint the sponge using black acrylic paint and make prints on blue paper.

Then, have the kids paste on the wings, beak, and feet using a glue stick! Also, add on those cute googly eyes!

Add on colored poms for ear muffs! If you use small poms, you can use school glue to attach them. Then, use glitter glue to make the top of the ear muffs.

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#7: Sensory Penguin Crafts

Sensory crafts are fun to make with the kids! Here are 4 fun penguin crafts to try!

I love using different sensory items for crafts to explore the different textures.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • cardboard
  • acrylic paint
  • rice
  • foam shaving cream
  • glue
  • marshmallows
  • cotton balls
  • paintbrush
  • googly eyes

B. Set-up

Draw and paint a penguin on a piece of cardboard. You can fill the penguin’s tummy with white paint or leave it as is!

While waiting for the penguins to dry, create the puffy paint by mixing equal parts foam, shaving cream, and glue.

C. Activity

The kids will add a thin layer of glue to the penguin’s tummy. Then, they can add cotton balls, mini marshmallows, the puffy paint mixture, and rice!

Once the sensory items are dry, have the kids feel each one. Then, have them talk about the differences in how each of them feels.


#8: Free Color by Code

Check out all my free winter color-by-code printables! There’s a penguin included in this fun pack of printables.

Practice numbers 1-20 with these fun coloring sheets with your kids.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • free color by codes
  • crayons
  • markers

Click HERE for your FREE Winter Color by Code Printables

B. Set-up

Print off the sheets you want to work on!

C. Activity

Have the kids practice their coloring and number recognition skills with these fun winter printables!

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#8: Plate Penguins (Part 2)

Here’s another cute paper plate penguin craft! I love the color-matching aspect of this craft.

This penguin craft is simple, fun, and it turns out adorable.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • paper plates
  • cardstock paper
  • poms
  • pipe cleaners
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • hot glue
  • googly eyes
  • glue

B. Set-up

You can either grab black paper plates for this activity or have the kids paint the plates black using acrylic paint.

If you are painting the plates while they are drying, create the wings, bellies, feet, and beaks for the penguins.

C. Activity

Have the kids glue on googly eyes, the beak, the belly, and the feet to the paper plate.

The adult will hot glue two poms on either side of the paper plate to make ear muffs. Then, the kids can cut a pipe cleaner to fit between the two poms.

The adult can hot glue the pipe cleaner down next two the poms, or the kids can add a small piece of tape to either side of the pipe cleaner to attach it to the plate.


#9: Ripped Paper Penguin

Looking for a simple and cute penguin craft to try with the kids?

Ripped paper crafts are always a hit! The kids love ripping up the pieces of paper.

How to do this activity

Materials you need

  • cardstock paper
  • construction paper
  • glue stick
  • white paint

B. Set-up

The kids will start ripping up pieces of white and black construction paper to do this craft.

You can draw the penguin shape so they know where to place the paper.

C. Activity

The kids will use a glue stick to paste all the ripped pieces of paper they made onto the penguin shape. They will use black on the outside and white on the head and belly!

I created orange feet for this craft, but you can keep it all ripped paper too!

Have the kids paint fingerprint snowflakes around the penguin.


#10: Free Penguin-Directed Drawing

Do your kids want to learn how to draw a penguin? Use my FREE directed drawing printable for them to practice.

My kids love drawing but get frustrated when they can’t make objects look exactly how they want. Directed drawings help kids create using a step-by-step process.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • free printable
  • crayons
  • markers
  • pencil

B. Set-up

Print off your freebie and grab your supplies to draw.

C. Activity

The kids will follow the step-by-step picture guide to draw a penguin at the top of the sheet.

They will use a pencil to draw the penguin the best they can. Then, they will color it in. They can also make a background!


#11: Stick Penguin Crafts

Popsicle stick crafts are fun and easy for kids to make. This penguin craft turns out so cute!

My kids loved these so much that they put them in their room, and they play with them.

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

  • popsicle sticks
  • acrylic paint
  • cardstock paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • packing tape
  • hot glue
  • poms
  • pipe cleaners

B. Set-up

Each penguin takes 4 popsicle sticks to make. Use black acrylic paint to paint each stick and let them dry for 15 minutes.

C. Activity

Once the sticks are dry, flip all 4 upside down in a line and tape them together using strips of packing tape.

Flip the sticks back over and create a beak, two feet, and wings! Use glue to glue all these pieces on, along with googly eyes.

Then, the adult will use hot glue to attach two poms on the sides of the popsicle sticks. Next, cut a pipe cleaner to fit between the two poms and hot glue both ends down to look like ear muffs!


Final Thoughts and Conclusion

I hope you found some fun penguin crafts for kids that you can try!

I’d love to hear about your favorite penguin craft in this article. If you try one out, let me know how it goes in the comments below!

Happy Crafting!

Deena

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