Penguins have always intrigued me. They remind me of creative, resourceful children just like Krystal.
When I asked my granddaughter if she wanted to show me any artwork she created in Kindergarten, she vanished. But not to worry. Two minutes later, Krystal reappeared lugging a bulging portfolio. Then she yanked out a penguin and posed with her mindful masterpiece.
So how are penguins like children?
- Penguins can’t fly. Neither can children unless they’re in an airplane.
- Penguins swim by propelling themselves with their flippers. Young children swim by cupping their hands and kicking their feet.
- Penguins climb steep slopes. Children climb hills and furniture.
- Penguins toboggan on their bellies. Children love to toboggan on their tummies too. Whee!
- Penguins form huddles to keep warm. Children flap their arms and stamp their feet to keep warm while playing outdoors in the winter.
- Penguins defend themselves and will bite if you get too close. Young children bite too! 😀
So moms, it’s time to nip that nasty habit in the bud.
Great question! Distract them by helping them create an adorable Penguin Tree-Pal.
Here are the supplies you’ll need:
- black pom poms (two sizes),
- tacky craft glue,
- two googly eyes,
- black, yellow, and white felt, and one bright color (let your child choose),
- orange pipe cleaner, and
- string (any color).
And here are the six easy-peasy steps to follow:
- Glue the pom poms together.
- Cut out two black felt wings and glue them to the top edge of the large pom pom.
- Cut out two yellow felt feet and glue them to the bottom of the large pom pom. Cut out a small white oval and glue it on to the large pom pom as a stomach.
- Glue googly (wacky) eyes on the small pom pom and a small piece of coiled orange pipe cleaner for the beak.
- Cut a scarf from the felt (whatever color you’d like) and carefully wrap it around the penguin’s neck. Glue to keep it in place.
- Glue a loop of string to the top of the penguin’s head to hang on the tree!
Have your child name the penguin. I named this one Pauli Penguin.
I hope that while you were creating a mindful masterpiece together, you used this time to explain why children shouldn’t bite. 😀
And just think, you’ve created another terrific memory that you and your child will reflect on in the years to follow.
I’d love to showcase your child’s penguin or any other mindful masterpiece on my blog. So send in those pictures in JPEG format to me, Miss. Tracy. Don’t forget to include your child’s first name, age, the supplies they’ve used, and a sentence or two about what inspired their creation.
I want to thank Kelli Gilmore, managing editor of Sparkle magazine, for allowing me to use the “Penguin Tree-Pal” instructions from the December 2012, Vol. 11, No. 3 issue. And thank you to Nicole Zaagman, graphic and web designer for GEMS Girls’ Clubs, for providing the images.
Check out the cool website of GEMS Girls’ Clubs. They seek to equip women and girls to live radically faithful lives—doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God. This relationship-building program is available to girls in first through eighth grades.
Will you be making ornaments with your child or grandchild?
Happy Birthday, Katelyn! I love you! Mom 😀
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