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Penguin toilet roll character

Duration: short

Age: , toddler, child

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Make a penguin character using a toilet roll and simple craft supplies. Then you can have lots of ‘Penguin Fun’ with your little one.

How does an penguin look compared with a seal or a polar bear? While the difference seems perfectly clear to us, small children may not fully understand the concept. Why not show them visually – and have some fun in the process!  Create a penguin animal figure together and discuss what each piece is and how it works as you go along.

You will need:

  • Toilet paper roll or a kitchen paper roll cut down to size.
  • Paints and brushes, or pencils and crayons
    (or you can use the colour template)
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue or sticky tape
  • Paper or cardboard

If you don’t have a printer or you want to create your own patterns, simply draw straight onto paper and cut out and glue on.

Get started

  1. Print out the penguin template (colour or black and white). 
  2. Colour or paint each of the body parts.
  3. Allow to dry if painted and cut out the template pieces.
  4. Using the finished penguin image as your guide, glue the large rectangular piece on first to cover the toilet roll.
    Note: Depending on the size of your toilet roll you may need to increase the size of the rectangle for the body slightly, or cut a small strip off the side if it is too big.
  5. Glue on the wings, feet, eyes and beak – making sure to fold along the doted lines.


Select your template of choice from the options below.

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