By Tamisha Anthony and Craig Fuchs
Hello Little New-Yorkers! Follow along with this post to create your very own baby penguin craft and don’t forget to join us live every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm ET when we sing a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, do silly stretches and exercises, and read a storybook — all from the comfort of your home!
This June, we’re celebrating Pride Month and the LGBTQ+ community with some of our favorite books.
This week, we’re inspired by the book And Tango Makes Three, written by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell and illustrated by Henry Cole. This book tells the story of Roy and Silo, two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo, and the egg they adopt to create a beautiful family together. Today, you can create your own beautiful baby penguin to take care of at home!
Download and print the baby penguin and egg templates.
- Something to color with: markers, pastels, colored pencils, crayons or a combination!
- Tape or glue
- Popsicle/craft sticks (optional)
* A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!
STEP 1: Color the Baby Penguin and Egg Templates
To start, use markers, colored pencils, or crayons to color your baby penguin and her egg. What colors will your penguin be? Is this a regular penguin, or is she magical and extra colorful? And what about her egg? Will it be one color, or maybe a whole rainbow of colors to celebrate Pride Month? Don’t forget to color all three pages, and give your penguin a name!
STEP 1.5: Accessorize Your Baby Penguin!
If you’d like, you can add any accessories you want to your baby penguin! Maybe your penguin wears a hat? Or a ballet tutu? Or even a spacesuit! Or maybe she is waving a rainbow flag to celebrate Pride Month? Use your imagination!
STEP 2: Cut Out Baby Penguin and Egg Templates
Now it is time to cut out your colorful pieces! Carefully cut along the black lines around your penguin and both egg pieces (be sure to only cut the outside edges and don’t cut off any accessories you added). Once completed, you will have three pieces.
STEP 3: Attach The Two Pieces of the Egg Template Together
Line the bottom of the smaller piece of the egg template up with the bottom of the larger piece of the egg template. Using a stapler, tape, or glue, attach only the outside edges of your two template pieces to each other, leaving the bottom and top of the template pieces unattached. If you’re using glue, be sure to hold it for ten seconds before letting go to make sure it sticks!
STEP 4: Create Your Baby Penguin Puppet
Now use your stapler, tape, or glue to attach the bottom of the baby penguin template to something you can use as a puppet stick. If you have popsicle/craft sticks or even straws, those are a great option! If you don’t, simply cut out a rectangular strip of paper and use that instead.
STEP 5: Hatch Your Baby Penguin!
Insert your baby penguin puppet through the space you left at the bottom between the two pieces of your egg template.
Now your baby penguin can hatch, dance, and chirp! Take good care of your baby, just like Roy and Silo!