Time to add a new happy little fellow to our collection of penguins. Today we’ll be making a paper plate yarn weaving penguin craft.
This is a fun craft to do with your kids on a winter day when you don’t feel like going outside in the cold. You can watch the movie “Happy Feet” before or after creating your own penguin. Or you can pair the craft with a good penguin book. You can find a few recommendations at the end of the article.
If you have a young kid who doesn’t have enough patience to sew the penguin’s belly, you can replace the yarn belly with white construction paper. This way, the craft will be all about painting, cutting and gluing – all fun activities for busy little hands.
Paper plate yarn weaving penguin craft
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- paper plate penguin template
- paper plate
- black paint
- paint brush
- construction paper or cardstock : white, black and orange
- hole punch
- white yarn
- plastic yarn needle
Step 1: Start by painting the paper plate black. While waiting for the paint to dry completely, you can download the paper plate penguin template and cut out the eyes and all the other shapes. Trace the beak, flipper and foot shapes onto coordinating construction paper or cardstock. You will need two flippers and two feet.
Step 2: Trace the circle shape at the bottom of the paper plate and cut it out.
Step 3: Make holes along the circle . Cut a big strand of white yarn, thread it through the plastic yarn needle and tie one end to the needle. Secure the other end of the yarn at the back of the paper plate with tape. You can now start threading the yarn through the holes in the paper plate. Continue until you reach the end of your yarn. If you haven’t threaded through all the holes, you can cut another strand of yarn and follow the same steps as before. (Tie one end to the needle and secure the other hand to the paper plate).
Step 4: Glue time. Start with the eyes and then the beak. Glue one flipper on each side of the paper plate and the feet at the bottom of the paper plate.
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