Do you ever feel pressured when asked to draw something? I know I sometimes do! When I found out we (3rd grade class) were all going to draw a penguin, I thought it would never work. I thought they would all struggle and not be able to do it. Boy was I wrong! In fact, we loved this Penguin drawing activity so much that we made a Polar Bear drawing too!
Read on to find out how you can draw a Penguin too!
Look out for the awesome list of books about Penguins below to encourage reading along with this activity.
This is a perfect directed drawing activity for all ages!
I loved it so much that I’ve done the activity in a classroom, with my own children, and with a large group of women (as a Christmas Ice Breaker). Most of all, it would also make a fun family Christmas activity!
I get asked all of the time if I have more Directed Drawing activities. You can find them available HERE.
How To Draw A Penguin
To PRINT OUT the directions:
Click here >>> How to Draw a Penguin
Penguin Drawing Supplies:
- Direction sheet (link above)
- Primary colors of crayons (we prefer this type of crayons or colored pencils)
- White paper (construction paper or card stock)
How to Draw a Penguin Instructions:
I am a very visual person and find that looking at these directions are helpful to give a base on how I teach Directed Drawing to a group of children.
1. Give children a copy of the instructions and then start a draft. They can use their journals or dry erase boards. Next, model how to draw the pictures to your children or students. Show them that it just takes simple shapes. Many children are overwhelmed by the details and then so surprised when they DO it!
2. Point out the transitional words (first, next, then, last, finally).
3. Pass out new paper and encourage students to make their final copy.
4. Finally, enjoy!
A Fun Idea: One teacher hung a class set of drawings in the hallway, and added a really neat touch using a “free take-one” envelope. The other classes went wild taking the directions and we hope they’re having fun doing a directed drawing with their friends and families too!
Favorite Books About Penguins To Read:
If You Were A Penguin by Florence Minor
Where Is My Butt? by Donald Budge
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
My Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
Polar Opposites by Erik Brooks
The Emperor’s Egg by Martin Jenkins
Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft
Click here for more fun drawing activities for kids of all ages:
How To Draw A Polar Bear