Inspired by Oliver Jeffers’ heart-warming classic, Lost and Found, we thought we’d make our own penguin friend.
We used a cardboard tube from inside a toilet roll for the body and covered it with black foam. You can buy sheets of coloured foam from craft shops or supermarkets – it’s not expensive. Don’t worry if you can’t get it as you can use black card or thick paper instead.
Use the same black foam/card to make two flippers. Glue these to either side of the penguin’s body. If you use foam you can bend the flippers up at the ends which looks really cute.
For the penguin’s white front cut out a rectangle of white card or paper which is about 3/4 of the height of the penguin. Curve the top edge by rounding off the corners. Glue this in place.
Now you’re ready to add its eyes. We used eyes which we bought from a craft shop but you could make your own with white paper. Position them just above the white front.
Now you’re ready to add a beak and feet. Use orange foam or card for these. The beak is just a small triangle shape. To make the feet, place the penguin on the foam or card and draw around the base with pen. Use this circle to ensure that the feet are the right size to fit the base of your penguin. Shape the front in a wavy line to represent its toes.
The most important thing to remember is that penguins live in Antarctica so they need to be kept cold. Pop your penguin in the fridge, like we did, and don’t forget to give it a name!