This experience invites children to use scissors to cut shapes with straight lines and curves. Remember that scissor skills are acquired in a certain sequence: children must be able to hold scissors correctly, open and close scissors without paper, and then make random cuts before they are able cut on lines and curves.
Start by collecting some materials to craft with. You will most likely have some or all of these supplies in your home already.
- white paper plate
- yellow or orange, white and black construction paper (or go green! Recycle color-printed sections from newspapers, magazines, etc. You only need small snippets anyways!)
Follow these steps to make a playful penguin.
- Cut paper plate in half and use tape/glue to secure into a cone shape. Remember, if you use glue, you may need to let the cone set and dry before finishing the penguin.
- Fold black construction paper in half and cut out two sets of flippers. Start at the seam and cut out, leaving them connected.
- Cut out feet from yellow or orange construction paper the same way, starting at fold but leaving connected.
- Cut out two eyes from white construction paper, add pupils
- Cut out a beak
- Tape/glue flippers to each side of the cone
- Tape/glue on eyes, feet, and beak
After the penguin is assembled, your child might like to teach his new pet a song and dance! Here’s a tune you will know with a new set of lyrics!
(to the tune of “I’m A Little teapot”)
I’m a little penguin
Black and white.
Short and wobbly,
An adorable sight.
I can’t fly at all
But I love to swim.
So I’ll waddle to the water
And dive right in.