Simple Penguin Craft for Kids and Toddlers – Paper Handprint Activity

My kids and I have been super into doing crafts lately. But simple is always the best way to go to make things easier for me to set up, clean up, and for them to feel like they can do it all by themselves. This winter-themed penguin craft for kids is the perfect activity to do together.

Simple Penguin Craft for Kids and Toddlers – Paper Handprint Activity

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Back to School Penguins Lesson

With school back in session this winter, my son was learning about penguins in school. We’ve been doing virtual classes at home so my daughter and I can participate too and we all get a kick out of it. So we decided to do a penguin craft over the weekend.

Craft for Kids of All Ages

This penguin craft is intended for kids of all ages, though the younger ones may need a little help. For example, my son needed help tracing his right hand since he’s a righty. And some children may need help cutting their handprints out- my son joked that his hands came out like monster hands but I love it more that way!

Simple Penguin Craft for Kids and Toddlers – Paper Handprint Activity

Materials for Penguins Craft

With simple crafts, I like to use simple materials, which you likely already have at home. You’ll need:

Simple Penguin Craft for Kids and Toddlers – Paper Handprint Activity

How to Make Penguins Craft For Kids

The first step is to outline and cut your child’s hand for the body on black paper. Then we traced our round object (cup, container, or roll of tape) on white paper and cut it out for the front of the penguin. Next, we folded a small strip of orange paper and cut out a triangle for the 3-dimensional beak.

To assemble, glue the white circle over the handprint and glue the eyes and beak just above it.

If you want to make a cute background, we used light blue construction paper and cut out a snowy ground (white construction paper) at the bottom. After placing our penguins, we made snowfall with white crayon dots and a few cotton balls for the 3-dimensional effect.

You can see the full video of us doing it on my Instagram.

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