This week we are reading Be Brave, Little Penguin! This story is about a little penguin named pip-pip who is very afraid of swimming in the ocean…which can be a bit of a problem for a penguin! Today we’re making our own handprint penguins, inspired by The Best Ideas for Kids!

Join NYCCT Teaching Artist, Caitlyn, for a digital, interactive & accessible storytime class that mixes books you love with theater games your little one will love – without having to leave home!

This week’s book is Be Brave, Little Penguin! 

Make a Handprint Penguin with Us!

What You’ll Need

  • Colorful Sheets of Paper
  • Crayons
  • Colorful Pom-Poms
  • Pencil
  • Safety Scissors
  • Double Edge Tape
  • Craft Glue

This project requires cutting a few times. If you do not have safety scissors, make sure a grownup is helping you cut! 

What To Do

  1. Trace your hand on one of your sheets of paper. We chose black, but your penguin can be any color you’d like!
  2. Cut out handprint
    If you don’t have safety scissors, ask a grownup for help! 
  3. Draw two small circles for eyes and one large circle on one sheet of paper, and a small diamond on another. We chose white for the penguin’s body and eyes and orange for the penguin’s beak, but you can pick any colors you’d like!
  4. Cut out your shapes
    If you don’t have safety scissors, ask a grownup for help!
  5. Glue your circle onto the palm of your handprint. Then glue the eyes to the top of the hand. Finally, fold the diamond and glue it in the center
  6. With your crayon, draw two small dots in the small circles for the penguins eyes
  7. Glue your penguin onto a sheet of paper
  8. Put pieces of double edge tape or dots of glue around your paper and stick on your pom poms! 

And now you have your handprint penguin!

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