Thursday, 13 October 2011

Paper penguin wall art


Cakey loves penguins – hey what's not to love? We were halfway through her favourite penguin book 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental and Joelle Jolivet when she decided she wanted to make some penguins. Before we started though we looked them up on the internet and talked about what penguins look like, what they eat and where they live.


After our penguin chat I pulled out some black, white and coloured paper. We cut shapes out for the body (sort of oval), beak (sort of triangular), flippers (sort of long ellipse shapes) and feet (sort of triangular or square...we weren't too fussy). Using sticky tape Cakey stuck all the variously shaped body bits together and created a whole colony of penguins. I kept the book handy to remind us of all the 'bits' that make up a penguin. Once all the penguins were made, we stuck them together 'holding flippers' and taped them to the hall wall. Cakey then ran up and down the hall 'racing' the penguins.

Our first colony of paper penguins
Our paper penguins racing down the hall wall

This project was loads of fun and really easy too. It is fantastic for preschoolers learning about shapes and scissor practice. Now the penguins have pride of place stuck up on Cakey's bedroom wall.

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15 comments:

  1. You are right. What's not to like about a penguin? Your homemade penguins are awesome! So much fun to be had. That book looks great too. My kids want to come and live at your place x

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  2. Cute penguins! Nice to find your blog; I think we have similar beliefs about creativity :)

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  3. Thanks Alissa, it was nice to find your blog too. I have now included it on my links page.

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  4. those penguins are adorable! so colorful and cute!

    would love to have you hare on my child centered linky - the Sunday Showcase - http://momto2poshlildivas.blogspot.com/search/label/Sunday%20Showcase

    Bern

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  5. Cute! We like the Tacky the Penguins series! Thanks for stopping by Reading Confetti!

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  6. I love this! And it allowed the children to use any color they want to make the penguin instead of the usual black and white which is something I love! In my Care and development of children classes, that is exactly what we are learning now. Love your blog!

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  7. Thanks San, I appreciate your comment. I love your blog too.

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  8. Super cute! I have to check out that penguin book!!

    I am starting a Linky Party if you want to link up at http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2011/10/first-ever-linky-party.html

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  9. Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase! I hope to see you again this week! I showcased these on facebook & Twitter!

    Bern
    http://momto2poshlildivas.blogspot.com/search/label/Sunday%20Showcase

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  10. Ali- Thanks for sharing this at our Best of October link up. I love it! We haven't done nearly enough activities with penguins, so I think we'll need to check out those books. My son loves any activity where he can use scissors, so these paper penguins would be right up his alley.

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  11. What a super cute craft! I love that you hung it on the wall.

    Stopping from the Kid Bloggers Hop!

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  13. I love this idea we're big fans of penguins here stopping from the best of kids ideas 2011

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  14. Hi-just stopping by on the Blog Hop. What a cute idea. I love penguins.

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