How do you combine a cold weather animal craft with Valentine's Day? Make some kissy-face heart penguins! These turned out pretty cute! My 5 year old daughter actually helped me design these. I wanted the penguins to create a heart with their tummies when they stand together and it took several sketches, but we finally got it! Want to make one with your sweet babies? Keep reading.
This craft is great for preschool through primaries and we just loved doing it! You can have the following shapes pre-cut to allow for an easy craft session:
- Penguin body (shaped mostly like a kidney bean)
- white heart halves (one half per each penguin)
- flippers ( 1 per each penguin)
- white cirlces for eyes ( 1 per penguin)
- smaller black circles for eyes (1 per penguin)
All in all, this didn't take much time to do and I didn't pre-cut any peices. It lasted about 15 minutes.
* When making a craft with littles that requires an end result, it's
good to remember to either show them a picture of the end product or an acutal production of the end product that you did
*Also, remember that no art peice is perfect or it wouldn't be art! This a reminder for those perfectionist kiddos!
*I like to allow room creative expression and so you may choose to let your little deocrate their penguins however they wish with assesories.
The first set of penguins I made with my preschooler and wanted to make them as easy as possible. She did all the gluing and loved the little red hair bow which was her idea. So cute! We added the little heart to male to make him dressed up for Valentine's Day as well. If you place the penguins next to each other, the form a heart with their tummies!
My older daughter decided to make her penguins look like the stuffed African penguin she has. We used stretched out cotton balls for the white around the face to the back to add some texture. She insisted that it look just like it, so she added the pink around the eye as well and the spots on the tummy. We're studying penguins as part of our nature study in February, so why not get started with some research?
In celebration of Valentine's Day, her female penguin is wearing a cute heart necklace and red hair bow.
The male wears a festive heart on his "tuxedo". Super cute!
With all your craftiness, don't forget to tie in a read aloud that your babies will love! We really like the story, The Emperor's Egg, all about the Emperor Penguin. I've also suggested some seasonal books you will enjoy with your children in the links below!
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