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Penguins are so interesting and there are so many different varieties! We made this recycled materials penguin craft from cardboard. With just a few materials, add this fun craft to any penguin unit study!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Large Bowl (for tracing circles)
  • Smaller Bowl (for tracing circles)
  • Pencil
  • White and Black Cardstock

Create it!

Step 1: Using black cardboard or painted black cardboard, trace one large circle and two smaller circles. Cut them out.

Step 2: Cut one of the smaller circles in half. Set aside.

Step 3: Glue the whole small circle to the top of the larger circle to create the penguin's head. Glue a half circle on either side of the larger circle to create the penguin's wings.

Step 4: Cut two circles for eyes and glue to the penguin's face. Cut a triangle for the penguin's beak. Paint and allow it to dry to before gluing to the penguin's face.

Step 5: From cardboard, cut a bow tie. Paint the bowtie and once dry, glue it to the penguin's neck.

Step 6: For the penguin's belly, cut a half circle of cardboard. Paint it white and allow it to dry. Once dry, glue to the penguin's belly.

Step 7: Cut a pair of cardboard feet. Paint them orange and once dry, glue under the penguin's belly.

We added a bow tie to our penguin, but there are so many ways to accessorize and make each one unique!

Cara Cara, Navel, Clementines - oranges are so delicious and such lovely shades of orange. We used the shape of an orange slice to make this fun cardboard crown!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue or Glue Gun (recommended for adult use)
  • Bowl
  • Pencil
  • Stapler, optional

Create it!

Step 1: Cut a band of cardboard and secure with glue or stapler to create the band of the crown. We used a lightweight cardboard like from a cereal box but a heavier cardboard would work well too!

Step 2: Trace a few circles with a bowl on cardboard. Cut out the circles and then cut each circle in half to create the shape of orange slices.

Step 3: Paint each of the half circles a medium orange and allow to dry.

Step 4: Paint the outer edge of the circle a darker orange for the peel. Allow the paint to dry before moving on to step 5.

Step 5: Using white paint, divide the orange piece into segments and add a white border between the peel and the lighter orange.

 

Step 6: Once dry, add some accent yellow stripes on each side of each white segment line. Allow this paint to dry.

Step 7: Glue the orange slices to the cardboard band to create the crown.

The colors in this project are so fun and this is a wonderful way to reuse those lightweight food cardboard boxes and turn them into something new!

This night sky constellation craft is such a fun one for learning more about constellations, stars and the night sky. With just a few materials, this craft would make such a fun addition to a night sky unit study or just an afternoon of making!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Paper Fasteners
  • Yarn
  • Pen or Pencil

Create it!

Step 1: Cut cardboard into squares.

Step 2: With pen, draw dots for each of the stars in the constellation. We looked in a book but looking online would also provide the needed information.

Step 3: Carefully (or have an adult do this step) poke paper fastener through each of the dots. Remove the paper fasteners for next step.

Step 4: Paint the cardboard and allow it to dry.

Step 5: Place the paper fasteners through the holes again and secure loosely.

Step 6: Tie a piece of yarn to a paper fastener at one end of the constellation.

Step 7: Wrap the yarn around the paper fasteners to form the constellation lines.

Step 8: Tie a knot at the end of the constellation.

 

Step 9: Trim the yarn at each end, if you'd like.

 

If you have an early learner working on spelling add some letters to spell out each constellation!

Painting is fun and while we usually use paintbrushes, it's nice to mix it up once in a while and use something different. We reused plastic forks to create a distinct texture for this lion craft.

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint
  • Plastic Fork
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardstock or Colored Paper
  • Pencil
  • Circular Object to Trace, optional
  • 1 inch and Single Hole Paper Punch, optional

Create it!

Step 1: Draw or trace a circle in the center of a cardboard square.

Step 2: Place yellow paint around the circle on the piece of cardboard.

Step 3: Using the fork, paint strokes away from the center of the circle to create the lion's mane.

Step 4: Place dots of orange paint around the inside of the mane.

Step 5: Again, use the fork to paint outward from the center, adding to the lion mane.

Step 6: Cut a nose and ears from cardstock and glue to the center of the circle for the lion's face.

Step 7: Use the paper hole punches or cut eyes from cardstock and add to the lion's face.

Step 8: To finish the lion, cut a mouth from cardstock and add just below the lion's nose.

Whether you are working on letter L, studying lions or just looking for a new project, this one is fun and you likely have all the materials on hand already!