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!