Kids Craft: Paper Plate Penguin


This month, our homeschool theme is zoo animals. To kick off this theme, we made Paper Plate Penguins. I really enjoy coming up with new paper plate crafts — How cute (and simple) are these?

Paper Plate Penguin


  • Paper plate
  • Black craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Scraps of paper (orange, black, white)


Begin by folding in the sides of the paper plate and folding down the top. Glue in place.

folder paper plate

Paint the folded in/down portions of the plate black and allow to dry.

painted paper plate

Cut a beak and feet from scraps of orange paper. Glue those in place.

penguin beak and feet

Cut eyes from scraps of black and white paper. Glue those in place.

Paper Plate Penguins

The penguin on the left was made by my son Bryce (age 2), the middle is mine, and the penguin on the right was made by my daughter Lydia (age 4). Lydia wanted a baby penguin with pink eyes – such a girl!

Three Paper Plate Penguins

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia {age 8} and Bryce {age 6}. Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.

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34 Responses to Kids Craft: Paper Plate Penguin

  1. denisegabbard says:

    Entirely too adorable– these little cheap paper plates are pretty flexible. My friend sent me a craft to make a little box for cookies out of one.

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  6. Merci pour ce gentil partage :-)))))

  7. Oh, this is way cute! I’m doing a roundup of penguin crafts and wondered if I could include a picture from your post along with a link back to your blog. Thank you!

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  12. Dena Vess says:

    I thought this was really inexpensive craft. I loved it! Thought this was simple to make for toddlers!! Thanks

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  24. Shine says:

    Got the kids to paint the back part of the plate black and then continued with the folding ones dried

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