Looking for a fun and engaging Winter craft for kids? Take a look at this adorable Interactive Paper Penguin Craft inspired by Happy Feet!
This little bundle of penguin cuteness dances and moves on the snowy floor; adding an interactive dynamic that enhances the creative process. In simple terms, this is a penguin craft that inspires children to play!
Interactive Paper Penguin Craft – Inspired by Happy Feet
This penguin craft has been designed with little hands in mind. The large rounded shapes will encourage young children to have a go at cutting the elements of the penguin template themselves. Preschoolers might be able to tackle the large oval shapes, but may need some assistance with the eyes and beak.
What you need:
White Cardstock (if Children are colouring in the Penguin template)
White, Blue, Pink, Purple and Yellow Scrap Paper
Split Pin (also called a Brad or Paper Fastener)
Download the Happy Feet Template:
The Happy Feet Penguin Template is available to members of the Arty Crafty Kids members area and can be downloaded via the following link: https://www.artycraftykids.com/product/happy-feet-penguin-craft/
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How to Make an Interactive Paper Penguin Craft:
Create a Winter Background
Step 1: Gather a selection of coloured scrap paper, ideally colours that contrast the blue cardstock.
Step 2: Tear the paper into horizontal strips – this is a great little exercise for fine motor skills.
Tear and Layer Paper
Step 3: Layer and secure the torn paper with glue as shown above.
Add a Snowy Base
Step 4: Complete the layers with a strip of torn white paper. This will become the bed of snow for the Happy Feet penguin to dance upon.
Cut Cut Cut
Step 5: OPTIONS – Children can either colour in the template OR cut out the penguin elements as they are to trace the shapes onto coloured cardstock.
Step 6: Cut out the penguin elements.
Trace the Penguin Elements
Step 7: Once the shapes have been cut out (either coloured in OR traced around onto coloured cardstock), glue the white heart to the large oval body.
Assemble the Penguin’s Body
Step 8: Secure the feet and wings to the Penguin’s body.
Add a Split Pin for Movement
Step 9: Pierce a small hole into the top of the Penguin’s body. Spin the body around the split pin to enlarge the hole.
Create a Hole in the Winter Background
Step 10: Pierce a second hole into the Winter background and again, spin the the card around the split pin to enlarge the hole.
Secure the Penguin’s Body
Step 11: Secure the penguin’s body to the cardstock with a split pin. Do not fasten the split pin to tightly as the penguin’s body needs to move from side to side.
Step 12: Cover one half of the penguins head with glue and secure to the Winter background just above the penguin’s body, leaving the unglued area of the oval covering the split pin.
Step 13: Move the penguin’s body from side to side to ensure it’s not obstructed by the head (the body will not be able to do a full 360′)
Assemble the Penguin’s Head
Step 14: Add eyes and a beak to the Penguin’s head.
The Happy Feet Penguin is Almost Complete
Step 15: Complete the Happy Feet by Penguin craft by adding more snow! Glue cotton wool balls to the bottom of the snowy area and add a few more to the sky area surrounding the head of the penguin.
Now it’s time for the Arty Crafty Kids to enjoy their Interactive Paper Penguin Craft.
Move the penguins body from side to side to make it dance on the snow.
More Fun and Easy Winter Crafts for Kids:
3D Bobble Polar Bear Craft
It’s wobbly head and 3D effect adds a playful element to the creative process that kids will love.
Arty Crafty Kids will need to use their problem solving skills to assemble the shapes, considering measurement and space during the creative process.https://www.artycraftykids.com/craft/3d-polar-bear-winter-craft/
Cardboard Penguin Craft for Kids
Recycling and reusing in the name of craft is a great way for kids to rethink ‘waste’, and cardboard is one of our favourite materials to re-purpose. It’s durable, textured and works well with collaged pieces. We’re particularly fond of transforming cardboard into animals and I just adore how this Cardboard Penguin Craft turned out.https://www.artycraftykids.com/craft/cardboard-penguin-craft/
16 Winter Crafts for Kids
Be prepared for some serious cuteness within this collection of easy Winter crafts for kids.
With a selection of winter animals and snowmen to choose from, along with a some gorgeous snowy art projects you will have plenty of inspiration to keep the kids busy this winter!https://www.artycraftykids.com/seasonal/16-easy-winter-crafts-kids/