Brr... it's cold, huh? But do you know where it's even colder? To the South Pole! And no people live there, but a lot of penguins. Those cute black and white creatures are seabirds that can't fly. Did you know that they are also called “fat geese”? Penguins live in groups, so if you tinker a penguin, there's actually at least one boyfriend:). They can wadggle together. And when it snows and storms, they stand together, with their back to the wind.
In winter it's nice to tinker a penguin. But of course it's also fun to make penguins all year round, you know! You could use a styropor ball (12cm), like we did here. With 2 wings, 2 legs and a beak it has become a nice convex penguin in no time.
Pick the ball on a satestokje so you can easily paint it with black acrylic paint
These metal chicken legs can be bought in the hobby shop or bend them yourself from bendable metal wire. Stick on it cut feet of paper and glue the paper a little
Pick the feet on the ball, and give the penguin wiggle eyes and a beak of paper
The wings are also cut out of black paper. You could have spared the white tummy when painting black, but it's not so easy for children. Pasting with a piece of white paper or felt on the black ball was not so beautiful. That's why we painted the tummy here with a thick white opaque latex paint. Ordinary white acrylic paint will also go, if you paint it in two layers.
With a strip of fabric that you fold in double and then wrinkle, you make a nice bow. Twist a colored chenille thread around the bow, and then insert the end of the thread into the ball.
You can make a top hat from a strip of black paper, roll it up and not fasten it. Glue the tube on a round of black paper. With a cocktail stick, the hat is attached to the styrofoam ball.
Crush off a piece of styrofoam so that it looks like an ice floe. Put glue on top and dip the ice floe in a bowl with artificial snow. This way the penguins stand with their feet nice and dry!
Still looking for a few tasty fish and/or squids to fill their stomachs and they can take it again. Do you happen to have a Whale (swordwhale) or a Walrus as a pet? Then keep them away from your penguins.. because ooh, watch out,... with those animals the penguins are really not safe!
We made the penguins next door together, each of them has become unique, super fun!
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