Arts & Crafts

Penguin Cozy Cup Craft

By: Valerie Deneen
Cups covered with penguin cozies.
minute activity
Ages 3+
Fine Motor Skills

A cute craft and a science lesson all-in-one, this fuzzy penguin can help keep your kiddos hot cocoa warm all winter long!

What You'll Need

What to Do

  1. Pull the tube portion of the sock over a cup.

    A child pulling a section of tube sock over a cup.
  2. Cut a piece of white felt to make a face. Use a black marker to add eyes. Cut a small orange felt triangle for a beak. Glue the triangle to the penguin’s face. 

    Cutting pieces out of felt fabric.
  3. Glue the face to the sock.

    A child admiring their cup.
    1. Make a card to put inside the cup and give as a gift!

Extend the Fun

Younger kids: Encourage your child to personalize their penguin; start by cutting out a strip of colorful felt to use as a scarf. Discuss with your child what they already know about birds. They fly, right?  Explain how penguins are different because they are flightless and have flippers to help them swim.

Older kids: Head to the kitchen and whip up a cup of hot cocoa and cinnamon cream with your child. They can then use their new cozy to keep their beverage warm! Explain to your child that, just like humans, penguins are warm blooded and have adapted to stay warm in cool regions. The cup cozy keeps the hot cocoa warm, much like how penguins have blubber in a layer under their skin to keep them warm.

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Author Photo
By: Valerie Deneen