I love a good craft but it’s even better when that craft can be used within another activity! Now I drew and coloured the penguin for this activity but you could also draw the outline for your little one and let them colour it in! Take a look at the video below and text below to find out how you can create your own set up.
Penguin Craft & STEM Activity
What You Will Need For This Penguin Activity
- Coloured Pens
- White Card
- Toilet Roll Tube
- Magnetic Wand
- Magnetic discs (or a paper clip)
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I use these sharpies all the time when I’m creating activities for Ayla, I love how bright the colours are and how easy they are to use!
This is a set that we love to use. There will be more activities to come showing how we use ours.
Setting Up This Activity
Draw a rough penguin onto the paper, colour it in and cut it out. Cut a strip of paper and place the magnetic disk in the middle fold on side of the paper over the disk and then fold the paper back on itself when it is about half way over the disk. Repeat this for the other side, now glue the two longest strips of paper together and then glue on your penguin.
Now to create the ice rink.
Set the penguin to one side, then cut the kitchen roll tube in half lengthways. You should now have two pieces of kitchen roll. Glue one piece of the tube to one end of the card and the other half of the tube to the other end, then turn the card and tube over, slide the magnetic wand underneath the ice rink and place the penguin on top, he is now ready to skate around.
Activities like this are great for;
Boosting problem solving skills as your preschooler works out how to make the penguin move, as well as, how to keep him standing up.
Promoting hand eye coordination skills as they move the penguin around the ice in a variety of different ways.
Encouraging communication and language as you explore the activity together and talk about what is happening to the penguin.
Supporting STEM knowledge as they explore how the magnet attracts the metal in the disk.