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Father's Day | Winter Season
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Alphabet > Letter PLetter P is for Penguin

Crafts > Penguin Craft
Egg or Oval Shapes

Animals > Ocean > Birds >
Penguin > Learn about Penguins

Holidays & Seasons >
*Jan. 5th > Nat'l Bird day
*April > Int'l Week of the Ocean
*May 4th > Bird Day
*June > Father's Day
*June > Zoo & Aquarium Month
*Winter Season *Winter Holidays  
Activity:  Penguin printable craft
Skills addressed:  fine motor skills (coloring, scissor-cutting and assembly), problems solving (assembly), colors, number sense, counting, sorting, sizing and shapes.

The children will have fun making an easy and fun craft of a penguin  entirely assembled with egg or oval shapes (except for the optional bow).  

The egg shape templates reminds us that the penguin is a bird that hatches from an egg.   

The craft is appropriate for various holidays listed. Additional templates are available with accessories to decorate the penguin craft for these holidays.

And why are penguins fun for a Father's Day theme?  Penguin fathers are pretty special.  As soon as Mommy penguin lays one or two eggs, it is Daddy penguin who keeps the eggs warm and protected for a couple of weeks!  Mommy dashes away to hunt and eat.  One of the penguin online stories will address this topic.

Review the theme column for various related activities to include with this craft activity.

Activity:  Penguin Craft  Ages 2.5+ (9 pieces)

Tell the children they are going to have fun with a craft related to a wonderful and fun animal:  the penguin!  

Review printing and assembly options that best meet your needs.  There are optional accessory templates for a Christmas/Winter theme (candy cane, winter hat & message card) or  Valentine's Day heart balloon.  Before assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested below:

Printing and assembly options:
Eyes template can be cut together as one piece instead of separately. Note:  Choose optional holiday color or black and white templates for Christmas/Winter or Valentine's Day themes.

Option 1
:  Print color template, cut out, conduct learning activities below and assemble.  
Option 2:  Print black and white templates.  Children can color, paint or decorate first,  cut out and proceed as above.  Conduct a color by the letter - write B for Black and W for White and O or Y for yellow (feet and beak). 
Option 3:  For Large Groups:
Print black & white template on card stock and use as a master template.  Trace the patterns on folded construction paper, foam sheets or left-over paper to obtain pieces needed in each color.

Other options, decorations and ideas:

1.  Trace and cut pieces on fun foam, add wiggly eyes.
2.  Tape a ribbon or string to back of head to use as decoration or ornament.  
3.  Dress up: Add other decoration such as buttons, a small ribbon bow instead of the paper bow.
4.  Older children can make a large greeting card by making a  landscape for a winter/Xmas or Valentines Day theme.  Use a light blue background paper or have the children paint half of the paper white and blue, add other elements such as cotton balls or white tissue.  The same landscape concept can be applied to make a large mural for a classroom bulletin board activity.

Learning Activities to conduct before craft assembly:
Choose those activities that meet your curriculum needs and children's age group:


Shapes & Colors Activity
:
1.  Ask children to identify the egg or oval shapes and colors on the template if using the color template.  

Numbers/Pre-Math Activities:
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.

1. Sorting & Sizing:  Have the children sort the eggs/ovals by color and size (smallest to largest)

2. Counting:  Count how many of each  size there are.  You may want to write numbers on the blank side to acquaint the children with printed numbers.  In this activity you may want to also count the eyes.

Proceed with craft assembly.
Assembly planning:  Each template has a small illustration of the finished craft to help children have an idea of how it looks when assembled.  For large groups it may help to have a cut out craft and place small pieces of tape behind each piece and show on a board a sequence of assembly.  The last piece should be the while torso heart, which goes on top of the arms.   Save the small image to place on the alphabet letter P mini-book during the alphabet activities. After completing the craft the children can use and hold their finished craft while conducting some of the activities below.

Suggested assembly:
Color version:
1.  Paste optional winter hat accessory first
2.  Paste eyes (or plastic wiggly eyes
3.  Past beak
4.  Paste wings 
5.  Paste feet
6.  Paste other optional holiday accessories> card and candy cane

Suggested assembly:
Black and white version:
Pieces should be colored and ready

1.  Paste medium white body oval over large black oval> template 2 (colored in or cut out from black construction paper)
2.  Paste optional winter hat accessory first
3.  Paste eyes (or plastic wiggly eyes
4.  Past beak
4.  Paste wings 
5.  Paste feet
6.  Paste other optional holiday accessories> card and candy cane

Remember to visit the related penguin activities in the theme activities column!

Optional:  Penguin Coloring Pages Activities

If you don't have time for craft activity try these shorter activities using penguin theme coloring pages:

Paper puppet:
Children can color and decorate with a large coloring page image with a few additional materials, cut out and attach to a craft stick for instant hand puppet.

Visual Arts - A Landscape or Collage:
Study the elements of a landscape or collage, links above.
Color and decorate the penguin coloring page, cut out and use for a landscape or collage activity.

Homemade Puzzles:
For reinforcement, print a coloring page with a large image of a penguin on sturdy paper or glue to thin cardboard and cut into basic shapes - rectangles, squares, triangles (4 - to 6 pieces for children 2-3 years old and more pieces for older children).

Penguin Craft
Egg or Oval Shapes

Below are optional
Winter/Xmas and St. Valentine's Holidays decorations

Penguin Craft Templates:
*Color

*Black & white 1
*Black & white 2
(main-body >cut out from black paper or color black)

Valentine's Day Accessory:
Heart Balloon

*Color template with text

*Black & White Template

Winter/Christmas Accessories: (Hat, Candy Cane & Gift Tag)
*Color Template
*Black & White Template

*paper, white, black or navy construction paper or paper stock
*glue or glue stick
*scissors
*something to color with

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