- Get the kids to make a ball the size of a tennis ball. Then, they flatten out the tennis ball. (this is the belly/body)
- Get the kids to make a ball the size of a golf ball. They form a ball and pinch a little triangle for the beak. (this is the head)
- Next, they roll out 4 balls the size of ping pong balls. They flatten 2 clay balls in the shape of the penguin arms. Then, they use the other 2 clay balls to make the feet.
- Kids carefully attach the parts by slip, score, and blend.
- Also, they used the end of a clay tool to put two holes to represent the eyes.
Monday, January 11, 2016
Making Mr. Popper Penguins with Clay
Our Second Graders do a program each year based on Mr. Popper's Penguins (written by Richard and Florence Atwater). Click here to see a little more about our second graders play.
This year, I decided we would make clay penguins. I talked over my options with my co-teacher, Laura Harrison. We talked and decided the best way to tackle these penguins would be to do the following.
Once the penguins dried, the kids painted them with acrylic paint. I talked them through the process to avoid the pitfalls of wet on wet acrylic paint. Paint a little white. Sing a little. Paint a little orange. Sing a little. Paint a little black. Sing a little more.
Funny thing, the post is about penguins, but the sing-a-long song that the kids most enjoy is The Duck Song. Sorry penguin friends.
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