Sure, it's great to teach your little one about the virtues of reycling, but why not turn a dry lesson into an adorable recycled craft? Your child can use an old water bottle and a few other household materials to make her own eco-friendly pal!
What You Need:
- Recycled water bottle
- Black foam
- Orange felt
- Black feather
- Wiggle eyes
- Cotton balls
What You Do:
- Help your child use water and a small cloth to wash and dry his water bottle.
- Have him draw the penguin's wings and feet on the black foam
- Let him use scissors to cut each form piece.
- Help him measure and cut one more black foam piece that is wide enough to completely cover the narrow neck of the water bottle. This will be his penguin's head.
- Show your child how to gently pull apart a cotton ball to make it fluffy.
- Let him push these fluffy cotton ball through the neck of the bottle. He should keep doing this until the entire bottle is filled with fuzzy cotton balls.
- Help your child glue the foam feet, wings and head onto the bottle. (If you have it, a glue gun will ensure the foam sticks even better than regular glue.)
- Have your child draw a large triangle on the orange fabric before cutting it out.
- Let him fold the triangle in half and glue the base of the triangle (still folded) to the front of the penguin face to create a beak.
- Help him glue both wiggle eyes in place.
- Have him glue the black feather to the back of the penguin's head.
- For the final touch, let your child tie a festive bow around his penguin's neck!