Penguins are one of the most popular birds, and is it any wonder why? They're cute, fuzzy and swimming champs. Although most penguins live in the coldest areas of the Southern Hemisphere, your child can make her own at home with a little paint and her own foot. Make a whole colony!
What You Need:
- Black and white tempera paint
- Cardstock or construction paper
- Googly eyes or a black pen
- Orange paper
What You Do:
- Using a paint brush, have your child paint the middle area of the bottom of their foot with white paint for the inner part of the penguin's belly.
- Help your child paint their toes and around the edges of their feet with black paint to make the outer part of the penguin's body.
- Have your child press her foot onto the construction paper or cardstock, with her toes pointing towards the bottom of the paper.
- Use the leftover paint to fill in any blank spots on the penguin where your child's foot didn't press properly.
- Have your child paint their thumbs with the black paint, and then press them on either side of the penguin, creating arms. Allow the penguin to dry.
- Once the paint has dried, glue the googly eyes to the penguin, or use a black marker to draw in his eyes.
- Cut out a small triangle of orange construction paper, and glue it in place for the penguin's beak. Allow your footprint penguin to dry before hanging.
Did you know: Not only are they talented swimmers, they're also fast! Penguins can swim short stretches at speeds exceeding 15 miles per hour.