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Yarn Lacing Penguin Craft

Here’s a fun Yarn Lacing Penguin Craft kids can make that encourages fine motor skills with a little bit of threading activity. 


DIY Yarn Lacing Penguin Craft

I love penguins! I love how they waddle and they are my favorite exhibit at any zoo or aquarium. If you love penguins as much as I do, or just want some cute little figures for your little ones to play with, this DIY Yarn Lacing Penguin Craft is perfect for you! Make one or make a bunch, they are easy to make and are great to practice some fine motor skills!

Supplies for this project:

  • Black foam
  • White yarn
  • Large needle
  • Orange foam
  • Scissors
  • White pencil
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Rubber
  • ‘Single hole punch ( optional)




Draw a simple outline of a penguin on the foam as shown above.


Using sharp scissors, cut the craft foam piece out. Using a rubber, delete the white outline


Draw a smaller egg shaped design for the penguin’s stomach on the black foam. This is our template for weaving.


Using a large needle that is kid friendly, start from one point on the circle and sew across to the other end, moving in a diagonal pattern.


If the foam is too thick, your child might not be able to pierce it hard enough. In such cases, use the single hole punch to make holes around the circle and ask your child to practise stitching through that. Each time moving in a diagonal fashion.


Once the whole circle is complete, it should look like the above picture. Now, my daughter is 9 years old and could do this on her own. But if you have younger kids, just ask them to stitch along the oval, the pattern is not important.


Cut out the penguin’s feet and beak out of an Orange Foam. Stick on a pair of googly eyes and your very own Yarn Lacing Penguin Craft is ready for some icy adventures.


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