This penguin collage art project was inspired after seeing a similar one made of a Snowman. Since I love penguins, I turned that idea into a penguin collage art. Mine is framed and is put out each winter along with all my snowmen! I love this project for the whole family because everyone can be as creative as they want. This means that everyone’s penguin is different so it is super fun to see what all the grandkids came up with. And since they’re all different using different color paints, and various paper prints, there is no comparison amongst the grandkids.
For our mixed media penguin collage project we used paints, construction paper, and scrap-booking paper layering as we went along. Spend the afternoon with your grandchild making this mixed media penguin collage can take her to a whole new level of creativity.
This art project will work well with even toddlers who are still too young to cut with scissors. You do the cutting part, but let them do the layering and placement. If they struggle with placement show them a picture and guide them to where the eye, nose, etc. should go. Do not do it for them. If they want the eye on the belly of the penguin, even after you guided them, that’s okay, it’s their art project, and they will eventually get it. It’s fun to watch them grow and learn as time goes on.
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Whenever I can, I like to find a book to read to my grandkids that coordinate’s with the craft I’m about to do with them. This helps introduce the art project and gets them settled down before we begin our Arts & Crafts Project together. Here are some books that would go great with this penguin craft.
PAINT THE PERFECT PENGUIN WINTER SCENE WITH YOUR LITTLE ONES! HERE IS WHAT WE USED TO MAKE OURS:
- 9″X12″ sheet of paper (we like using paint pad)
- scraps of construction paper or scrap-booking paper for the beak, wings, feet, nose, scarf, and hat
- Tempera craft paints for kids
- Elmer’s glue
- basic craft supplies
First in pencil draw a basic penguin outline to use as a guide, or have the child do it if she is able to. Remember this doesn’t have to be perfect there is no such things as mistakes in art.
Now you are going to paint your background. You can use whatever colors you would like but I used blues and purples.
Next using white paint make dots and slashes to look like snowflakes. Have fun with this step because you want the snow to look more random then specifically placed.
After you have finished the background paint the penguins body black. From craft paper cut out shapes for the body and hat and scarf. Remember you have creative liberty here so you can do whatever you want to make your penguin special.
Then glue all of your penguin pieces on. Last, using the opposite end of a paint brush, dip the end into black paint and then put a dot in the center of the eye.
Your winter penguin mixed media collage is now finished! Place your new penguin collage art year after year during the winter time along with all your snowman crafts! Don’t forget to have your grandchildren sign and date her artwork!