Fingerprint Penguins Craft

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January 12, 2017

Fingerprint Penguin - two examples of the projectThis penguin craft is perfect to use with preschool age children and older. It provides almost instant gratification for those impatient little ones who want want immediate results. I incorporated this craft into the winter animal theme in my Pre-K class. You could also use it while learning the letter 'P' or after reading a book about penguins.


Total Time: 5 minutes to make and 30 minutes to dry

Yield: 1+

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  • 1/4 piece dark blue construction paper
  • scissors
  • finger paint (black, orange, and white)
  • 1+ paint brushes
  • laminator with sheet (optional)
  • marker (optional)
  • different color paper and paint (optional)
Fingerprint Penguin - supplies


  1. Cut the blue paper into fourths. Use one square per penguin. Dip your thumb in white paint and press it into the paper. Lift your thumb and press down again. Repeat this to create a fluffier penguin belly.
  2. Fingerprint Penguin - one cut blue paper use white paint on thumb to make body
  3. Dip your thumb or index finger in black paint. I found that it was easier for me to use my index finger and for my students to use their thumbs. Now place a print on the right and left sides of the white belly. Make the black prints slightly slanted away from the white print. Dip your index finger in black again a place a tip print on top of the belly print.
  4. Fingerprint Penguin - use black paint and thumb to make wings and index finger to make the head

  5. Use a paint brush and orange paint to add the feet and nose. Add the eyes with white and black.
  6. Fingerprint Penguin - use paintbrush with orange paint to make mouth and feet and white and black paint for the eyes
  7. Allow to dry and laminate for durability! You can also add a title, date, and name if you choose.
  8. Fingerprint Penguin - allow to dry and laminate if desired then you can add a title, name, and date
  9. Optional: Allow for some creativity. Children choose their own colors to create penguins. This could be used to celebrate each child's individuality.
  10. Fingerprint Penguin - optional project allowing children to choose their own paint colors
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