Because I’m totally into projects for kids, and because school is out for Christmas break and we’re all looking for something to occupy our little angels minds, I’m sharing one of our family’s very favorite Christmas ornaments we’ve made- hand painted wooden penguins. The kids made a set for my dad for Christmas two years ago, and I needed to have my three year old add his to the collection this year. We’ve done a few versions of these fellows over the years, so I’m going to show you two of them. One is a stand alone penguin, and the other is a Christmas ornament.
- Unfinished wood eggs
- Flat wooden dowel end caps
- Craft paints (black, white, and one more of your choice)
- Orange and black paint pens
- Hot glue
- Screw eyes (if you’re making an ornament)
- These supplies are available in just about any craft store.
Next, have the kids make two tiny eyes and a triangle beak with paint pens.
*A variation on this could be to cut the triangle beak out of felt and have little ones glue it on*
For the wings, they can use the black paint pen and draw two curved triangles just under his beak over his white belly.
If you’re making this into an ornament, use needle nose pliers to twist the screw eyes into the top of the penguin.
Loop a ribbon through for hanging, and you’re finished.
I love how each little penguin has his own personality. I wrote the names and ages of each of my kids who painted one. The stand alone penguins in the photo are made with kids ages 3-7. The ornament was made by my 11 year old.
Remember, these types of projects aren’t always about being perfect, they’re about making memories and something the kids can be proud of. Let them give a set of penguins as a gift to grandparents, or have them take an ornament to a neighbor or school teacher.
The experience of creating something and blessing someone else with it can last our children a lifetime.