We made these adorable Penguins while we were learning about fiction and non-fiction texts! The children loved hearing the Tacky the Penguin stories I mean who can’t love the Tacky books by Helen Lester. I can totally relate to Tacky!!! We also read several non-fiction books but National Geographic Kid Penguin books are a favorite because of the great photos! The penguins are displayed in the hallway outside of our classroom. It has been creating a lot of smiling faces! These penguins are made without template. I showed the children how to draw an arch and away they went. You will need to decide the general size you want the penguins to be before you cut your paper. I used the half sheets of the large construction paper for the black, quarter size for the stomachs in white, an eighth of a sheet of gray for the penguin chicks and some yellow paper for beaks and feet. They used the scraps of the papers to make the flippers and eyes.
We made the large penguins as a whole group and the chicks were made during literacy centers. The children made the chicks and matched them to a parent.
I love letting the children design their own art whenever I can. I love that each penguin looks like an individual. The children experience the process of creating!
The children had great conversation while creating their penguins and they were also helpful to each other. Sharing glue and other materials. We have been working on encouraging each other and I heard a lot of sweet stuff while they were working!
Sometimes we make a big mess but the children do a great job cleaning up.
I love the chicks!! There were big chicks, little chicks and even teeny tiny chicks!! I hope you can make these fun penguins with your class! They would look adorable with hearts on them for Valentine’s Day!