Paper Plate Waddling Penguin

What is cuter than a waddling little penguin? I can’t think of too many things. With the cold weather moving in, we are starting to look towards our winter crafts and we just love this interactive little guy. This adorable paper plate waddling penguin will surely delight your little ones, while they craft and then play. A free printable penguin template is available below.

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What you will need for Paper Plate Waddling Penguin:

Paper plate

Acrylic Paint

Construction paper

Jumbo craft stick

Craft knife

Glue stick


Penguin Printable Template


Draw a straight line with pencil lightly across your paper plate about 2/3 of the way down.

Paint above the line in the color that you would like your winter sky to be. When you are done set it aside and let it dry.

Draw your own penguin or use our printable template and cut out the penguin pieces onto construction paper. You will need black, white and orange paper for your penguin.

Glue the pieces together as shown below. Use white paint or use small scraps of white paper to add a little twinkle to your penguins eyes.

Tape or glue a jumbo craft stick to the back of the penguin.

Grab your paper plate again and paint in a snowy background. Let the paint dry completely. If you are impatient like me, you can use a hairdryer on a low setting to speed up the process.

Use a craft knife to cut a long slit below the painted area. (A grown up should do this step.)

Stick the craft stick into the slit and rock the craft stick from side to side and watch your cute little penguin waddle in the snow.

For a little extra touch, add a scarf or a hat to your little arctic friend.

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