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The children will have fun making an easy and fun craft of a penguin
almost entirely made with heart shapes (except for the eyes) and during the
crafting process many skills can be addressed.
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
One of the penguin online stories will address this topic.
Lesson plans and activities to review before craft activity:
Activity: Hearts Penguin Craft Ages 2.5+ (9
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
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
Option 1: Print color template, cut out,
conduct learning activities below and
Option 2: Print black and white template.
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 or
left-over paper to obtain pieces needed in each color.
Learning Activities to conduct before craft
Choose those activities that meet your curriculum needs and children's
Shapes & Colors Activity:
1. Ask children to identify the shapes and colors on the
template if using the color template.
To conduct these activities pieces should be decorated and cut out.
1. Sorting & Sizing: Have the children sort the
hearts 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.
Assembly: 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.
Other options, decorations and ideas:
1. Trace and cut pieces on fun foam, add wiggly eyes instead of
2. Tape a ribbon or string to back of head to use as decoration
3. Dress up: Add other decoration such as buttons, a small
ribbon bow, a ribbon for scarf.
4. Visual arts / art appreciation: incorporate the
craft and introduce the art concepts of a landscape
or the collage technique.
Some simple examples are featured in the materials column for winter
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 / collage concept can be applied to make a large mural for a classroom
bulleting board with many penguin crafts.
Hearts Penguin Craft
Valentine's Day Penguin
Color 1 & 2
Black & White 1 & 2
Color 1 & 2
Black & White 1 & 2
Letter P Penguin Printable Activities
*paper, construction paper or paper
*glue or glue stick
*something to color with