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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This weekend my husband and I got out for a very rare date night. The movie Elf is a favorite of both of ours. They had a musical version of Elf in the city & we just had to go see it, so we called in Nana for the night and went out for a much needed date.
The musical was wonderful. The cast did a spectacular job. The songs were cute, catchy and well performed, but I was most impressed with the scenes. Maybe it is the Christmas lover in me, but the North Pole scenes & the Christmas in the city really got me. They also inspired some North Pole craft ideas that I couldn’t wait to do.
What you will need:
Toilet Paper Tubes
Small regular pieces of cardboard
I had three North Pole characters in mind, Santa (of course), a snowman & a penguin. I painted all of the pieces first to allow time for all of them to dry, but here is a break down of each craft.
Penguin at the North Pole
- Paint a toilet paper tube in all black. I realized later that I needed to paint the inside as well. Let the paint dry.
- Squeeze glue on about 2/3 of the tube & spread cotton over it in an oval shape.
- Cut flippers out of black construction paper or use foam, as it is sturdier. Cut a beak and feet out of orange. Glue them into place & add googly eyes.
- Cut a small slit into the side of a paper bowl. Slide a Popsicle stick into it & glue into place. Cut a piece of cardboard into a small rectangle. Write North Pole on the sign & glue it to the top of the Popsicle stick. Glue the penguin to the bowl. Glue stretched out cotton balls all over the bowl & around the penguin and the sign. Add a small line of cotton to the top of the sign.
Santa at the North Pole
- Paint 3/4 of a toilet paper tube red & the rest in black. Paint the pointy separator of the egg carton red & let all dry.
- Glue the egg carton portion to the top of the red end of the tube.
- Glue a ring of cotton around the bottom of the egg carton & at the point right above where the red & black meet.
- Cut a small oval shape out of flesh-toned paper. Add googly eyes to the oval shape & paint in cheeks a small nose & a mouth. Glue it right under the hat.
- Glue stretched out cotton around the outside of his face and between his nose & mouth to form a mustache and beard. Add a small cotton ball to the top of his hat.
- Draw in buttons on Santa’s coat.
- Follow the steps in step 4 from the penguin craft above to finish off the craft.
Snowman at the North Pole
- Paint a toilet paper tube in white. Paint a piece of egg carton in black. Let them dry.
- Draw the snowman’s face in with a Sharpie & paint in the carrot nose with orange paint.
- Cut a black circle a bit larger than the egg carton piece out of black construction paper or foam & glue the egg carton to the the center of it. Let dry.
- Glue the hat to the top of the snowman.
- Cut a piece of ribbon to use as a scarf. Glue it into place.
- Glue pipe cleaners in place for the arms.
- Follow step #4 from the penguin craft to finish off your craft.
These were so much fun & cute to make, I wanted to make more.
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