The long days of winter can be cold and rather claustrophobic. Break up your days with this fun penguin craft & worksheet (after all, penguins know all about living in the cold!). This is a great way to tie together the penguin section of books at your local library. The Penguin Factsheet (PDF) and Penguin Worksheet (PDF) provide a mini-lesson and some mapwork/research fun for younger elementary-aged kids. And the sock craft will have kids of all ages wanting to join in!

Penguin Sock Craft

You will need:

Our penguin template (PDF)
1 black sock
1 striped or print sock
1 sheet each of felt in the following colors:
Black, White, & Orange
Dry uncooked rice
Hot glue, or white craft glue
Googly-eyes, black buttons or black magic marker


Place the black sock over a can or sturdy drinking glass, folding over sock cuff around the outside of the glass. Fill with ½ cup of dry uncooked rice.

Generously fill the glass with poly-fill. Gather up the sock from the glass, and secure with a rubber band. Cut off the excess sock about ½ from the rubber band. Set aside.

Cut out pattern pieces and pin to felt squares.Cut felt out according to the pattern pieces; transfer the markings for the placement of the eyes and the beak.
Glue the main white body piece to the front of the black sock.
Take the diamond shaped orange felt piece and place a small bead of glue in the center and fold into 2 triangles, pinching slightly to create a beak.
Glue the eyes and beak to the white body piece as marked.
Glue the feet to the bottom of the penguin’s body.

Attach the wings to the sides, with the straight side of the wing facing front.Take the 2nd (patterned) sock and place it over the top of the penguin so the sock’s cuff makes a hat cuff.

Gather up the excess fabric at the top of the penguin’s head and secure with a rubber band.  Cut the fabric about 1” from the rubber band.

Cut small slits in the 1” piece from the cut edge to the rubber band and fluff at the top of the hat for a pompom.

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Cathy grew up in a Christian home where she was surrounded by the sounds of her dad’s old time gospel quartet music records, and the hum of her mama’s sewing machine. Cathy married her best friend Guy, and they homeschooled their 5 daughters for 15 years. During that time, she taught art classes and needlecrafts for her local homeschool support group. Cathy is a member of the worship team at her church, and is passionate about music, Italian cooking, her new Cricut machine, and a sweet cocker-spaniel named Daisy.