Cardboard Roll Penguin Art Project


 We were reading Splat and the Cool School Trip by Rob Scotton and we were inspired to make a cardboard roll penguin art project. It is a fun and easy art project for all ages. We made penguins because that was Splat’s favorite animal but you can make any animal with toilet paper rolls and construction paper.

Penguins Cardboard Roll Craft

Penguin Art Project MaterialsMaterials:

  • Different colored construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Glue
  • Googly Eyes, stickers or other embellishments



  • Cut white paper into 4 inch strips.
  • Glue onto toilet paper roll.
  • Cut out a circle for the head.
  • Cut out a triangle for the beak.
  • Glue onto head.
  • Add eyes. Apply glue to the bottom half of the back of the head and glue to the body.
  • Cut out wings and glue to the body

Extend the activity:

  • Read Splat and the Cool School Trip by Rob Scotton. Our full lesson plan is here.

  • Have the kids pretend to be penguins

  • Tell stories about your penguin.

  • Watch a video about penguins.

  • Research and learn more about penguins.

Here are some facts to go with your cardboard roll penguin art project:

Penguins are birds but they cannot fly. However,they are very skillful swimmers.It is the only bird which cannot fly but can swim!

Penguins don’t have wings, they have flippers.
Penguins are also the only birds that walk upright.
The largest living species is the Emperor Penguin – on average adults are about 1.1 m (3 ft.,7 in.) tall or more.
Penguins such as the Chinstrap, Emperor and Adelie can proceed very rapidly by tobogganing on their bellies while using their wings and feet for propulsion.
Penguins are warm-blooded birds as humans but still lay eggs.
Interestingly, male Penguin takes care of the chick. To keep eggs warm away from cold they balance their egg on feet and cover them with their belly flap.
Places where penguins lay their eggs and raise their babies are called rookeries.
After laying the egg, female Penguin leaves for about 65 days for feeding towards open
seas, males stand, for about 65 days, through icy temperatures, cruel winds, and blinding
storms. And they eat nothing that whole time.


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