Are you looking for a simple, cute winter craft for young ones?
This easy penguin family paper plate craft is just perfect!
This adorable winter paper plate craft works well with themes about winter, the Arctic, penguins, and family!
You won’t need any special supplies to make this craft. But there are several steps involved.
So, if you’re working with young learners, doing some of the prep in advance will make this activity much more enjoyable for them.
Read on to get the full instructions and printable penguin family template you’ll need!
And, for more winter hands-on activities, take a look at our list of 50 winter crafts for kids to make!
Penguin Family Paper Plate Craft for Kids
To make this penguin family paper plate craft, you’ll need the following: (Affiliate links are used below. For details, see our Disclosure Policy.)
- Colored craft paper
- Child-safe scissors
- Glue stick
- Wiggly eyes
- Washable markers
- Paper plate
- Printable Paper Penguin Family Template (color)
- Printable Paper Penguin Family Template (blackline)
To begin, download and print the Penguin Family Craft Template in the supply list.
You can choose either a blackline version or a color version. If you print the blackline version, be sure to let kids color in the penguin and clothing.
After you’ve printed the template, use scissors to cut out the pieces. Then trace the pieces onto cardstock and colored craft paper.
Cut those out and you’re ready to get started!
A note: If you’re making this craft with young children, it’s a good idea to have the template pieces cut out and ready to go.
That way, the kids can simply assemble the penguin family and complete the craft in a few minutes.
How to Make a Penguin Family Paper Plate Craft
Start by making each individual penguin. These pictures are for the baby penguin, but the steps are the same for each member of the penguin family.
Use a glue stick to attach the white penguin face and chest to the gray penguin body.
Then glue the head behind the face and add the arms on either side.
You’ll complete the body by gluing the feet at the bottom.
You may want to use a marker to outline each of the feet.
Now – just attach the nose on the lower part of the face. Be sure to glue the point facing downward.
Add some wiggle eyes!
And then dress the penguin up with the hat and scarf!
If you want, you can add stripes to the hat and scarf with a marker as well.
Complete the family by making the parent penguins as well!
Now it’s time to make a background for our paper plate scene.
Just cut out a circle of blue paper that will fit inside the plate’s center. Glue it onto the plate.
Cut out some trees from green paper and add snow caps to a couple of them. Glue them in place.
Then cut a white “snow” ground shape for the bottom half of the plate. Glue it in place.
Add the penguin family, glue each one down, and you’re all done!
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