PLASTIC SPOON PENGUIN CRAFT

Penguins are adorable aren’t they?! Every winter I get giddy about creating a new penguin craft and this year I am excited to share this plastic spoon penguin craft with you. It’s a little unconventional crafting with plastic spoons, I know, but they are simply perfect for making these cute penguin puppets. Make sure to check out more kid crafts made from spoons at the bottom of this post.

 

HOW TO MAKE A PLASTIC SPOON PENGUIN CRAFT


Supplies:

– white plastic spoon
– black and orange felt
– googly eyes
– hot glue gun
– scissors

Directions:
1. Start by cutting an egg shape out of your black felt for your penguin body. I ended up cutting one out of white cardstock first to test out the size and shape with my spoon. Then I was able to use it as a template to make as many as I wanted out of felt.

2. You also need to cut out penguin flippers from your black felt and a beak and feet from your orange felt. For the beak I cut out a triangle and for the feet I cut out a heart shape. Easy, peasy.

3. Fold your black penguin body in half (the egg shape) and cut a small slit near the bottom of the fold. This is where the plastic spoon will slide into the body.

4. Heat up your hot glue gun. Glue your heart shaped feet onto the back of your black penguin body.

5. Slide your plastic spoon down into the slit on the body with the bottom of the spoon facing forward. The bump out of the plastic spoon makes a nice penguin belly. Add hot glue onto the front of the spoon and glue down the body onto it. See pictures above.

6. Finish your adorable plastic spoon penguin craft by gluing on your flippers, beak and googly eyes.

Did I mention how fun these little penguins are to play with? They are small and cute and perfect for kids to use them as props to reenact a favorite penguin book like Tacky Penguin by Helen Lester or 365 Penguins by Harry N. Abrams. You can also use them in a winter wonderland small world play activity.

NEWSPAPER WINTER LANDSCAPE ART PROJECT

I’m not a big fan of living in a snowy climate (Brrr!!) but I love, love looking up at our mountains and seeing the beautiful evergreen trees set against the snowy landscape every winter. We just had a big storm for Christmas so it was especially gorgeous during all of our holiday travels this past week. It inspired us to make this newspaper winter landscape art project this week. The printed bubble wrap background adds a perfect falling snow texture to the art project.

 

HOW TO MAKE A NEWSPAPER WINTER LANDSCAPE ART PROJECT


Supplies:

  • newspaper
  • green watercolors (We love liquid watercolors!)
  • paintbrush
  • light blue and white cardstock
  • bubble wrap
  • white paint
  • paper plate
  • metallic markers
  • scissors
  • glue

Directions:

1. Start by painting a section of newspaper with green watercolors. The newsprint will be saturated at first but let it dry completely for several hours or overnight and it will harden back up.

2. Cut off a section of bubble wrap a little bigger than your light blue cardstock. Pour some white paint onto your paper plate and use your paint brush to paint the raised bubbles of the bubble wrap. Carefully place your blue cardstock down onto the painted bubble wrap. Rub your hands all over the paper to transfer the white paint from the bubbles onto your paper. Then slowly peel off your blue cardstock and set it aside to dry.

3. Cut out a handful of triangles in varying sizes from your painted newspaper for your winter trees. Also cut out two snowy hills from your white cardstock.

4. Glue your snowy hills at the bottom of your blue cardstock. Then glue your newspaper trees all over your snowy hills.

5. Get out your metallic markers and finish your winter landscape art by drawing a trunk and limbs inside all of your trees.

RECYCLED NEWSPAPER SNOWMAN CRAFT

One of my favorite materials we’ve used lots of this year is newspaper. It’s so versatile for crafting whether you leave it plain like in our newspaper shark craft, or paint it with watercolors and make colorful newspaper owls. For winter we’ve already had fun making snowy landscape art with newspaper and today we are sharing this simple newspaper snowman craft. There is no painting required at all so it’s a quick craft to set up and put together. Kids are going to love giving their snowman a unique personality with any embellishments you have on hand.

 

HOW TO MAKE A RECYCLED NEWSPAPER SNOWMAN CRAFT


Supplies:

  • newspaper
  • light blue cardstock
  • black, orange and brown cardstock
  • black and colored buttons
  • washi tape
  • scissors
  • glue

Directions:

1. Start by cutting out two or three different shaped circles from your newspaper to make your snowman. Also cut out a snowy hill for your snowman to lay on.

2. Glue the snowy hill at the bottom of your light blue cardstock. Then build your snowman by gluing your circles onto your paper.

3. Finish your newspaper snowman craft by decorating him with all of your embellishments. We used black buttons for the face and colored buttons down the body. We cut out a top hat from our black paper, a carrot nose from our orange paper and twig arms with our brown paper. We also made a cute scarf with washi tape.

SUPER CUTE STUFFED PAPER BAG PENGUIN CRAFT

I love me some adorable penguin crafts every winter! We’ve already shared how to turn a plastic spoon into a penguin puppet and today we are sharing this super cute stuffed paper bag penguin craft. The stuffing in the paper bag helps it to sit upright so the craft is a fun one to put on display on a shelf or mantel all winter long. Who is ready for to get started on some penguin cuteness?

 

HOW TO MAKE A STUFFED PAPER BAG PENGUIN CRAFT


Supplies:

  • white paper lunch sack
  • black paint
  • paintbrush
  • 5-inch round doily
  • black and orange cardstock
  • googly eyes
  • stapler
  • newspaper strips or plastic bags for stuffing
  • glue or Glue Dots

Directions:

1. Start by painting the outside of your paper bag with your black paint. This can be a bit tricky so the best way I find to do it is to place your hand and arm inside the open bag and turn it around as you paint it. Then set the bag down on it’s bottom and let it dry. As an alternative you could also stuff the bag first then paint it.

2. When your paper bag is finished drying, crunch up newspaper strips or plastic bags and stuff your bag almost full. Fold down the top of the bag and staple it to the back of the bag and the sides closing it shut.

3. Cut out two penguin arms from your black cardstock and a beak and feet from your orange cardstock. For the feet we simply cut out a heart shape. You’ll also want to grab your circle doily and googly eyes.

4. Use glue or Glue Dots to glue on the pieces and finish your stuffed paper bag penguin craft. First glue the doily onto your bag then the black arms. Next, glue on the beak and googly eyes. Finish by gluing the penguin feet onto the bottom of the paper bag.

UNBELIEVABLY CUTE POLAR BEAR CRAFTS

We love learning about polar bears and creating polar bear crafts in the winter. Do you? Today we are sharing 10 unbelievably cute polar bear crafts that you will definitely want to add to your to-do list this winter. From fun painting techniques to using recyclable materials, to cute puppets that kids can use for play time, there is something for everyone to love!

10 UNBELIEVABLY CUTE POLAR BEAR CRAFTS

1. Don’t throw away those newspapers! Save them and make this adorable newspaper polar bear craft.

2. There’s so much to love about this polar bear process art activity! Using salt in the watercolors and plastic wrap for texture in the icy ground gives amazing texture to this cute craft.

3. The cotton balls in this paper plate polar bear craft make a perfectly soft texture to this cute polar bear craft.

4. Paper plates are the perfect base for this fun polar bear mask craft that couples as a puppet for pretend play.

5. Have some scrap paper laying around? Tear it up and use it to create this darling polar bear paper craft.

6. Do your kids love playing with puppets? Here’s a simple way to create a polar bear finger puppet. Couple it with your favorite polar bear book for loads of fun!

 

7. This fun polar bear craft illustrates a polar bear’s thick white fur and black skin and it comes with a pattern to make the crafts super simple for children.

8. Kids will have a blast painting and printing their handprints to make this cute handprint polar bear craft. (not pictured)

9. Turn white potato prints into cute polar bears! Who knew a potato could make such a cute craft! (not pictured)

10. Here’s another great way to make a polar bear out of a paper plate. I adore the fun sparkly glitter texture for the polar bear fur. (not pictured)

SIMPLE GLITTERY SNOW SLIME RECIPE

The first big snowfall of the winter season always comes with an exuberance of excitement from my children. The snow boots, coats, winter cap and mittens are on in a flash and before I know it my kids are out building a big snowman. Sometimes we prefer to bring the fun of winter indoors though by making slime with Elmer’s glue. It’s one my kids’ most favorite kid-friendly and fun projects to make at home. This glittery snow slime recipe we are sharing today is perfect for the winter season. The addition of our festive snowman party favors makes this a great activity for parties and play dates all winter long too.

HOW TO MAKE GLITTERY SNOW SLIME

Using Elmer’s Washable School Glue is a must for us when making our glittery snow slime. The washable, no-run glue is a kid-friendly ingredient and it always makes fabulous slime. If you want to give your snow slime some extra snowy flair, place your Elmer’s Washable School Glue in the fridge about 30-60 minutes before making your slime so when kids play with it they get a chilly, wintery snow experience.

SNOW SLIME INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bottle Elmer’s School Glue
  • 1/2 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. contact solution
  • iridescent glitter
  • mixing bowl
  • mixing spoon
IF YOU’D LIKE TO MAKE YOUR SNOW SLIME INTO SNOWMAN SLIME PARTY FAVORS YOU’LL ALSO NEED:
  • open and close plastic ornaments
  • googly eyes
  • orange adhesive felt sheet
  • black buttons
  • ribbon
  • hot glue gun

DISCLAIMER: Adult supervision is required when making and playing with slime and also when using a hot glue gun.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Begin by pouring one bottle of Elmer’s White School Glue into your mixing bowl.

2. Add 1/2 tbsp. of baking soda and then mix together thoroughly.

3. Add some of your iridescent glitter and stir to incorporate it.

4. Add 1 tbsp. of contact solution to the mixing bowl.

5. Mix together until the mixture gets harder and slime begins to form.

6. If needed add more iridescent glitter to the slime. Then take the slime out and begin kneading with both of your hands. If needed, added 1/4 tsp contact solution to make the slime less sticky.

YOUR GLITTERY SNOW SLIME IS NOW READY FOR PLAY!

To turn your snow slime into snowman slime party favors, use a hot glue gun to glue googly eyes and a black button smile onto the front of your plastic ornament. Then add a snowman nose made from an orange adhesive foam sheet. Tie a piece of ribbon to the top of the plastic ornament.

TIP: To keep your plastic ornament in place while gluing on your snowman eyes, nose and mouth, place it onto a coffee mug.

Open up your plastic ornament and place your glittery snow slime inside one half of it. Close it up and you have an adorable snowman slime party favor. For each snowman slime party favor you’ll need to make one batch of the snow slime recipe.

When it’s time for play simply take your snow slime out of your snowman ornament. Kids will have a blast kneading, stretching and squishing their slime.

When you are finished playing place the slime back into the snowman party favor ornament to play again later. Always make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after making and playing with slime.

 

DARLING PENGUIN NEWSPAPER CRAFT

Our obsession with crafting with newsprint continues with this darling penguin newspaper craft. This fun craft makes a lovely winter themed craft for kids and pairs well with any children’s book about penguins. The combination of newsprint, cardstock and felt snowflake stickers makes this a mixed media project for kids of all ages to enjoy. We even have a template available to make prep time a breeze!

HOW TO MAKE A PENGUIN NEWSPAPER CRAFT

 

SUPPLIES:

 

  • blue cardstock
  • white cardstock
  • orange construction paper or cardstock
  • newspaper
  • black paint
  • sponge dabber painting brush
  • paper plate
  • 1-inch googly eyes
  • snowflake stickers (optional)
  • scissors
  • glue

PENGUIN NEWSPAPER CRAFT INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Begin by pouring a small amount of black paint on your paper plate. Use your sponge dabber painting brush to dab and paint a sheet of newspaper. Let it sit to dry completely.

2. Print out the penguin newspaper craft pattern. Use the template to cut out the penguin body and arms from your black painted newspaper. Then cut out the belly and eyes from unpainted newspaper. Lastly, cut out the beak from orange construction paper. (NOTE: Purchasing the template is optional. You can cut out your own pieces from the newspaper.)

3. Tear off a section of your white cardstock to use for a snowy hill. Glue the snowy hill at the bottom of your blue background cardstock.

4. Glue the penguin pattern pieces onto your background. Start by gluing the penguin body at the bottom of your paper. Then glue the belly at the bottom of the body. Next glue the eyes, beak and arms onto your penguin. The arms are my favorite because kids can position them in so many different ways giving their penguin craft some extra personality.

5. Finish your cute penguin newspaper craft by adding snowflake stickers around your paper.

YOUR PENGUIN NEWSPAPER CRAFT IS COMPLETE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAPER PLATE SNOW GLOBE CRAFT

We created this Paper Plate Snow Globe Craft as a sponsored post for Oriental Trading. The full details and instructions for the project can be found on their idea’s website at Fun365.com.

After making this adorable paper plate snow globe craft I am convinced every child needs one this winter. They are sooo much fun to play with! The wintery theme makes them a great Christmas craft or winter craft for kids.

PAPER PLATE SNOW GLOBE CRAFT

We are sharing the step-by-step tutorial of how to make this fun snow globe craft over at Fun365.com. All the supplies needed to make the craft are found right on Oriental Trading and that makes prep time a breeze. We have even included a template for the base of the snow globe craft to make creating the craft even simpler.

Inside the snow globe we placed these super cute cactus Christmas ornaments that give off a warm and cozy Christmasy feel. Oriental Trading also has some different Christmas character ornaments that you can use inside the snow globe if you want more of a traditional Christmas feel to your snow globe craft.

After finishing your paper plate snow globe craft kids simply shake the snowflakes around on the paper plate and watch them fall over the cactus ornament and down to the ground. Then repeat over and over again for a jolly good time.

Head over to Fun365 for the full step-by-step tutorial and links to where you can purchase all of the supplies over at Oriental Trading.

 

MORE WINTERY AND CHRISTMAS CRAFTS FOR KIDS

This reindeer paper craft for kids is perfect for a winter theme or as for a Christmas theme. It would be fun made after watching the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer movie.

Make this darling snowman craft by dipping bottle caps in white paint and printing them on your paper. The added details and facial expressions are so silly!

These Christmas stick puppets are fun to make and play with! They make perfect props for singing Christmas carols too.

AWESOME POP-UP POLAR BEAR CRAFT IDEA

Are you gearing up to learn about some arctic animals this winter season? If so, you will love this awesome polar bear craft! In this post learn how to make this fun pop-up polar bear craft idea with our handy polar bear template, step-by-step tutorial and video.

Every year in January when we feel the beginning of bitter cold temperatures, I’m reminded of why the winter months are such a great time of year to learn all about arctic and antarctic animals. One of our favorite animals to learn about every year is the polar bear. We also love snowy owls and cute penguins. If you are learning and craft winter animals this year, you will love starting with our new polar bear craft idea we are sharing today.

HOW TO MAKE THIS AWESOME POP-UP POLAR BEAR CRAFT IDEA

 

SUPPLIES:

  • polar bear craft idea template
  • 110 lb. dark blue cardstock
  • pink, purple and blue colored paper
  • white cardstock
  • white paper
  • white paint
  • Q-tip
  • cotton balls
  • scissors
  • glue

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Begin by folding your dark blue cardstock in half. Set it aside for a moment.

2. Gather your pink, purple and blue colored paper. Tear a 2-inch strip off the top of each paper. These colors will be used to create your winter sky.

3. Fold your white paper in half. Then use scissors to trim around the outside edges of your paper. Open up your paper and trim down further on one-half of the paper leaving about 1-2 inches at the top.

4. Open up your folded dark blue cardstock. Add glue to it and layer your colored paper strips to make your winter sky background.

5. Now add glue on the back of your white paper. Line the creases of the white paper and dark blue cardstock together and then glue them to each other.

6. Close the blue cardstock and make two slits in the middle of the folded edge of the paper about 1-1/2 inches apart. Fold down the blue paper along the slits you cut.

7. Open up the blue cardstock again, invert the folded piece in the middle of the paper so it stands upright in the middle of the crease.

8. Add a small amount of white paint to a piece of cardboard or a paper plate. Dip a Q-tip into the paint and press it onto the colorful sky background of your polar bear craft. Continue dipping the Q-tip in paint and then all over the background to create snowflakes falling from the sky. You may even like to add some on the bottom half of your craft.

9. Print out the polar bear craft template on white cardstock paper and cut it out.

10. Add glue on the pop-out section of the folded cardstock. Attach your polar bear to the glue.

11. Stretch out 3-5 cotton balls to make them longer and thinner to look like clumps and hills of snow. Add glue on the bottom of your craft, around the polar bear, and glue the cotton ball pieces down.

YOUR AWESOME POLAR BEAR CRAFT IDEA IS COMPLETE!

The colorful background and the way the polar bear pops off the page gives this fun polar bear craft a fantastic two-dimensional look. Cotton ball snow at the bottom of the craft adds extra texture and dimension to the polar bear too.

 

PAPER WALRUS CRAFT FOR KIDS

Boy do we have a treat for you today! If you are looking for a fun craft to accompany an arctic animals unit at school or home, or if you just want to make something really cool, you are going to adore our new walrus craft. In this post learn how to make this awesome paper walrus craft with our helpful template, step-by-step tutorial and video.

Our extremely frigid winter temperatures this week has me thinking all about the arctic and it inspired me to create this new paper walrus craft. Occasionally after I make something new I am so super excited to share it with you that I can hardly stand it. That is the case today with this awesome walrus. The added textures of the yarn whiskers and mini craft stick tusks give this winter craft some fun dimension.

In my mind I keep imagining a classroom bulletin board full of these walruses on display and the prospect of how each of them will look different displaying their own personalities makes me so giddy I can’t stand it. I hope you enjoy this fun paper walrus craft as much as I do!

HOW TO MAKE A PAPER WALRUS CRAFT

 

SUPPLIES:

 

  • blue cardstock
  • white cardstock or construction paper
  • brown kraft cardstock or construction paper
  • googly eyes
  • mini craft sticks
  • brown yarn
  • scissors
  • glue

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Gather your supplies. Download and print out the paper walrus craft template on brown kraft cardstock. You can also use brown construction paper.

2. Cut out each of the pieces of the paper walrus craft template.

3. Tear along your white cardstock paper about one-third to one-half down the paper, creating a jagged edge. Glue this white section at the bottom of your blue cardstock paper.

4. Add glue to the back of your walrus body and glue it near the bottom of your paper. Then glue the walrus head on top of the body and the walrus flippers at the bottom of the walrus body.

NOW IT’S TIME TO MAKE THE WALRUS MUZZLE

5. Take the walrus muzzle section of the template. Fold the circle in half along the dashed line on the template. Then fold the two ends back along the dashed line of the template.

6. Open up the muzzle and invert the two folds on the ends so they lay inside the folded circle.

7. Add some glue on the inside of the folded sections of the muzzle to secure them closed. There will be an open pocket at the bottom of the muzzle.

8. Glue the muzzle at the bottom of the walrus head on your blue cardstock paper.

9. Use a black marker to color in a nose on your walrus craft. Then draw a line from the bottom of the nose to the bottom of the muzzle.

10. Glue googly eyes onto the face of your walrus craft.

11. Add glue to the front and back top half of each of your mini craft sticks and glue them down inside the open pocket of the walrus muzzle, leaving about half of them hanging down to look like walrus tusks.

12. Cut about 10-12 small pieces of brown yarn for whiskers. Add small lines of glue on the muzzle for the whiskers. Then glue the small pieces of yarn onto the muzzle.

YOUR PAPER WALRUS CRAFT IS COMPLETE!

You can see in the picture below how the open pocket at the bottom of the muzzle creates a fun dimensional effect to the craft. The different textures of the whiskers and tusks gives some fun dimension to the craft as well.