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October 3, 2011

Tacky the Penguin Craft

I have a confession to make....When I read to my children I submerse myself into the characters. Like this past week when we read Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester.  I belted out of my lungs the song "How many toes does a fish have?" completely off key, all to my children's delight! Singing off-key weird lyrics became a fun game we played every morning while walking Andy to school. Whomever could come up with the silliest lyrics was the winner.

Tacky is an odd bird...And I quite fancy him! haha! When hunters come to catch him and his siblings, Tacky ends up saving the day with his odd behaviors. This is such a great story showing that it's ok to be unique or peculiar.

We decided to make our very own Tacky Penguins.

The boys helped me cut out the black and white pieces, but I cut out the orange feet and beaks. This is what our Penguins looked like before we added the tacky shirt and bow tie.

To make the shirt, the boys picked out a tacky piece of scrapbook paper. Then I put the penguin face down on the back side of the scrapbook paper and traced around the penguin.

Then I cut the outline out, placed it on the penguin and king of eyeballed where I needed to cut it for the neckline and arms. Hope that makes sense.

Here is what the shirt looked like before gluing it on. I simply free handed a bow tie using a different piece of scrapbook paper. The boys picked out what paper they wanted for the bow tie too.

After gluing on the shirt and tie, the boys added buttons up the whole shirt, and then added lines for his feet. Andy thinks his is the tackiest...

Luke insisted his wasn't tacky at all...

But I'm convinced my combination of floral with stripes is DEFINITELY pretty TACKY!

Happy Crafting!!

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Melissa Taylor said... Best Blogger Tips

I adore Tacky! Much more than my kids actually. I would have enjoyed your singing. :)

Heather said... Best Blogger Tips

That is so cute. My mom loves penguins!=)

Diedra said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love, love the patterns for Tacky. diedra

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

The craft is adorable! I would love the patterns. Thanks so much!

esby said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you very much for these instructions. It helped me and my son to make one for his school project.

Tippy said... Best Blogger Tips

Please send me your pattern also! I love it!

Thank you!

Tippy said... Best Blogger Tips

Please send me this pattern also! I love it!

Thank you!

Christi G said... Best Blogger Tips

I can't wait to do this with my preschool class! Thanks so much for posting the pattern!

Christi G said... Best Blogger Tips

I can't wait to do this with my preschoolers! Thanks for posting the pattern!