Whether of the cartoon variety or the real-life one, there’s something so cute about them. Whether it’s their waddle, their unique black and white coloring, or just the fact that they don’t live in the northern hemisphere, making them kind of “exotic” to Americans, I don’t know.
What I do know is the penguin exhibit was by far our favorite part of the Gatlinburg Aquarium when we visited years ago.
Below I have a list of 17 penguin crafts designed for preschool/kindergarten/first grade ages.
Whether you’re looking for a winter-themed activity or just want to add some cuteness to your crafting repertoire, these penguin crafts are sure to be a hit.
Fun Facts About Penguins
Here are some fun facts about penguins (from City of Albuquerque) that you can discuss with your kids while you’re crafting together:
Penguins’ “tuxedo look” are a well-designed camouflage. When penguins swim, the black on their backs helps them blend in with the darkness of the ocean, hiding them from predators looking down from up above. Their white bellies, on the other hand, help them blend in with the bright surface of the ocean, hiding from predators viewing them from below. Clever, huh?
Penguins aren’t just in Antarctica. You can also find them in the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Peru and Chile.
Male penguins often “woo” a female with gifts — of rocks. Why? Because the females use these rocks to build a nest.
Penguins and polar bears don’t hang out together. Not because they don’t like each other, but because they live on opposite sides of the world.
Okay, so this isn't exactly a craft, but coloring pages are always quick and easy ... and you can sort of make them a craft if you want add things like glitter, or cut them out and glue them to something else when you're finished coloring them.
These free printable coloring pages include "regular" penguins, plus penguicorns -- a cross between a penguin and a unicorn!