Winter is the perfect time to learn about penguins! They’re cute, quirky, and a little bit silly – perfect for kids.
If you have a penguin lesson plan ready for your students or you just want a fun activity to do with your kids, this rocking penguin craft is it! It’s easy and doesn’t require any special skills or tools.
All you need is paper, scissors, markers and a glue stick. The template for this penguin is available for free download, so just follow these simple instructions to make your own rocking penguin.
Kids will not only enjoy creating it, but they’ll also like tapping it when they’re done to watch it move back and forth!
Make it this winter season! Also, be sure to browse through all of our penguin activities for more ideas!
Penguin Paper Craft
- Colored cardstock
- Glue stick
- Penguin template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)
Download the penguin template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
Take the half circle penguin body and fold it in half. Line the open half with a thin strip of glue and glue the sides together.
Next, place the penguin’s head at the top point of the body and glue it in place.
Place the belly in the middle of the head and glue it to the head and the body.
Use the markers to draw on the penguin’s beak and cheeks.
Position the flippers on either side of the belly, with the flippers pointing inward. Glue them in place.
Take the feet and fold about 1/3 of the feet up. This little flap is where you will place the glue. Once the glue is on the small flap, open the bottom of the penguin and glue the flap to the inside portion of the front of the body.
Now open up the base of the penguin so it stands on its own.
Your child is done now! Isn’t this a fun winter animal craft for kids?
Winter Activities For Kids
Don’t let the fun stop here! Create a winter themed unit for your kids to do. We have some easy and fun ideas that can get you started. These ideas are great for preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary children.
Begin by reading books to your kids or students. Reading aloud can help children develop a larger vocabulary, learn to focus, and increase reading comprehension.
Here are some of the best winter animal books.
Polar Bear Island is a fun book for winter! Polar bear island is just that – only for polar bears! That is until Kirby the penguin comes to visit. She turns the place around and adds tons of interesting excitement, but will the polar bears let her stay? You have to check it out and see for yourself!
Tacky The Penguin– This is a great book for children to learn about acceptance and valuing others for exactly who they are.
Owl Babies– A sweet book that teaches kids that Mom always comes back! It’s especially great for children who may have separation anxiety.
We also love crafting! Don’t stop with just 1 winter craft – we have lots of ideas. Crafting isn’t just fun, it’s great for helping scissor skills, following directions, and creativity.
Below are some of our favorite winter craft ideas:
Handprint Walrus Craft – This walrus craft is a great activity to do with your kids. Plus, it’s mess-free (no paint needed) and the paper handprints make cute decorations during winter! The instructions are super easy to follow too.
Popsicle Stick Arctic Fox – This arctic fox craft is the perfect activity to keep your kids entertained this winter. It’s a fun and easy project that they can take pride in when it’s all done. Plus, they’ll love how cute their new animal friend will be!
Paper Plate Penguin Craft – This cute penguin craft is perfect for kids who love hands-on activities during winter break. Let them paint, cut, and glue to make their own adorable little penguins.
Polar Bear Paper Bag Puppet – This is a simple paper bag puppet craft that kids will love to make and play with. It’s great for pretend play during the winter months, or anytime really! All you need are some basic supplies like brown paper bags, paper, scissors, and a glue stick.
Help your children get in the winter spirit with these winter do a dot printables! These are perfect for quiet time and they’re also great educational tools that will help kids develop their number recognition skills, counting skills, visual discrimination practice, patterning skills, and more!
Kids love to cut out pictures with scissors, and these free printable penguin cutting activity pages are perfect for practicing scissor skills. They’re also great for keeping kids busy on winter days when they can’t go outside!
Looking for an adorable winter activity that’s no prep? Print out this free polar bear dot to dot pages. Finish the drawings with crayons, markers, or colored pencils.
More Winter Ideas For Kids
- Colored cardstock
- Glue stick
- Penguin template
- Download the penguin template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
- Take the half circle penguin body and fold it in half. Line the open half with a thin strip of glue and glue the sides together.
- Next, place the penguin's head at the top point of the body and glue it in place.
- Place the belly in the middle of the head and glue it to the head and the body.
- Use the markers to draw on the penguin's beak and cheeks.
- Position the flippers on either side of the belly, with the flippers pointing inward. Glue them in place.
- Take the feet and fold about 1/3 of the feet up. This little flap is where you will place the glue. Once the glue is on the small flap, open the bottom of the penguin and glue the flap to the inside portion of the front of the body.
- Now open up the base of the penguin so it stands on its own.