How To Make a Penguin Out of Paper Plates

If you’re looking for an easy but fun way to make a simple penguin craft, good news — you’re in the perfect place. This fun project is easy to set up and easy enough for kids of all ages to do mostly on their own.

Besides, we added a free template you can print for your convenience!

Make a Penguin Paper Plate Craft

Sometimes you need quick paper crafts that are very easy to set up, use inexpensive items, and are still a great way to help young kids work on their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Well, why not combine that with an adorable penguin craft?

This simple project is a fun addition to your crafts with a winter theme for older kids or for younger children after watching Happy Feet. I think it’s especially great for preschool kids that can use scissors on their own.

The best part is you can use one single printable as many times as needed to make more than one paper penguin!

Supplies to make a penguin out of paper plate: paper plate, googly eyes, scissor, glue, black paint, paintbrush, black and orange construction paper. - Kids activities blog
Gather your supplies!

Supply List For Paper Penguin Plates

  • Paper plate
  • black paint (acrylic paint works best)
  • two big googly eyes
  • black construction paper
  • orange construction paper
  • paintbrush
  • glue
  • scissors
  • free paper plate penguin template

Download Free Penguin Template PDF

Paper Plate Penguin Template

Steps To Make a Paper Plate Penguin Craft

Step 1 to make a penguin out of paper - paint the outside border of a paper plate black.
Let’s start by painting the plate.

Step 1

With the front side of the paper plate, paint around the outer edges in black, as well as a small triangle / black oval shape on the forehead to round off where the eyes go. Leave a white circle in the middle which is the penguin’s body and face.

How to make a penguin out of paper plate - step 2 - painted black and googly eyes glued on.
Get the cute googly eyes.

Step 2

Glue on the googly eyes.

How to make a penguin out of paper - step 3 - beak, wings and feet cut out from the template. - kids activities blog
Look at the cute feet!

Step 3

Print the penguin template and use it as a guide to cut out the beak, wings, and feet from the orange paper and the wings from the black construction paper.

Step 4 to make a penguin out of paper - beak, feet and wings glued on the paper plate. - Kids activities blog
You can glue the wings in different ways!

Step 4

Glue on the penguin’s feet, beak, and wings on the paper plate in place.

Paper plate penguin with googly eyes over a pink background. From Kids Activities Blog
So adorable!

Step 5

Your cute penguin craft is all done!

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How To Make a Penguin Out of Paper Plate

Paper plate penguin with googly eyes over a pink background. From Kids Activities Blog

Learn how to make a penguin out of a paper plate! A great activity for younger kids who love penguins.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Estimated Cost under $5

Materials

  • Paper plate
  • black paint (acrylic paint works best)
  • two big googly eyes
  • black construction paper
  • orange construction paper
  • paintbrush
  • glue
  • scissors
  • paper plate penguin template

Instructions

  1. With the front side of the paper plate, paint around the outer edges in black, as well as a small triangle / black oval shape on the forehead to round off where the eyes go. Leave a white circle in the middle which is the penguin's body and face.
  2. Glue on the googly eyes.
  3. Print the penguin template and use it as a guide to cut out the beak and feet from the orange paper and the wings from the black construction paper.
  4. Glue on the penguin’s feet, beak, and wings on the paper plate in place.
  5. Your cute penguin craft is all done!

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