We love penguins and was one of my favorite themes for daycare and preschool when I was teaching toddlers. My daughter loves the penguin bath toy you see in this post so we decided to use a penguin to paint a penguin. This was a huge hit with my toddler who thought it was hilarious to whack it on the paper. With older children encourage them to do the cutting but with toddlers the goal is fun, exploration and making something fun to show off on the fridge. This penguin is on our fridge right now and my daughter likes to point to it saying her name and smiles.
- Gather your materials. You will need 3 sheets of construction paper ( blue, black and orange) , white paint, a dish , a bath toy ( but a sponge will do), glue, scissors and googly eyes ( although I put them on at the end she is too little and still eats things).
- Start by pouring paint into the dish, and placing the toy in it.
- Hand it and the black paper to your monkey and start painting. My daughter carefully made a few prints…
- Then really got into it.
- We paused to wipe paint off our hands and mouth and switched paper. The blue paper is the icy habitat so it needs paint too!
- I gave her snack after clean up #2 and allowed the paint to dry some. And cut out some feet and a nose from the orange paper.
- Then cut out the black into the shape of a penguin.
- Time to glue. We took turns gluing.
- If they want to take time to explore the glue bottle don’t fret, they are making connections. Just stay close so any giant messes can be minimized.
- Put the body on the glue.
- I added the glue for the nose and feet putting it on a wide area so she could choose where to place the pieces. Don’t correct your kids and where they place things, this is their creation. If they are able to glue ( and get more than a few tiny drops) by all means encourage them to do it.
- Add eyes ( if your little bug is like mine and eating all small potentially hazardous items wait until they are napping or engaged in other play and add them on) and let dry.
Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere! by Bob Barner is a cute rhyming book filled with simple facts about penguins. My toddler loved the bold illustrations, and my son really liked the facts and it sparked a desire to learn more about the animal. That is one of my favorite things about non fiction books like this that look like stories , they plant seeds of interest that can be launched into deeper inquiry. Great book for preschool through Kindergarten.
Penguin by Polly Dunbar was an unexpected delight! The book started with Ben who got a penguin as a gift but no matter what he did he got no reaction from his penguin. Finally as happens with young kids Ben lost it, has a temper tantrum and a lion eats him. Yes I said a lion eats him. My son loved it. He howled with laughter and don’t worry in the end it’s happy so nightmares are unlikely if you read this before bed. I loved the rhythm of this book and the simple illustrations were a perfect fit. Big thumbs up from kid and parent on this one!
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester is such a cute and funny story, your kids will love it! Tacky is an odd bird but when hunters come to get some pretty penguins is funny odd ways of doing things turn off the hunters and saves Tacky and his perfectly not odd companions. This is a sweet look at being different and being happy as pie about being different. My son loves this book and will often point out that Tacky is proud to sing just the way he wants. I love that it can preach to kids without preaching at all.
Cute craft! I swear by this blog when I’m in a rut and can’t think of anything to do with my two-year old. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas. By the way, when I want my daughter to glue something, I pour some glue on a paper plate and give her a disposable foam brush to dip in the glue and paint on. She can’t squeeze the glue bottle by herself, so this is a good way to let her be more independent when we’re crafting.
That’s a great solution. When I worked with big groups we always had a huge glue bottle and would put out plates with popsicle sticks.