Big Brother recently turned 7. He is just as obsessed with penguins as he was when he was 2 years old. Little Sister and I went shopping together so that she could pick out a gift for his birthday. She picked out the cutest toy penguin! My son already has several of the Ty beanie penguin and both kids play with them constantly.
She asked if she could decorate the wrapping paper. I gave her a gift bag and asked if she would like to make a penguin gift bag. She loved this idea! Besides birthdays, it could easily be made for Christmas. Check out the round up we did of kid-made gift wrap ideas over on our other blog, Fun Handprint Art!
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How to Make the Penguin Gift Bag
For younger children:
Lightly sketch a simple penguin on the front of the bag. My daughter is 3 so I made it a bit easier for her by marking the areas that were to be colored black after getting a bit confused at first.
Color or paint the black parts of the penguin.
She painted the tummy and face area with white paint. An easier way would be to use a white gift bag. The blue one is what I happened to have on hand. Let dry.
Paint or color the beak orange. It would also be cute to add feet!
Glue on googly eyes or draw them on.
Wrap the gift and place it inside the finished kid-made gift bag. Little Sister loved wrapping the penguin toy she got for her big brother. She thought it was the funniest thing and couldn’t wait for him to open it!
For older children:
Ask them to draw the penguin themselves. Show them a picture for inspiration if needed. You could also ask them to make a heart shape for the face area and then to half-circles for the wings.
I got my son the book titled My Penguin Osbert so Little Sister’s gift matched perfectly with it! You can see more about the cute kids book here and see the pom pom penguin we made to go along with it.