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Adorably Fun Tacky the Penguin Craft: Great for Any Time of Year

I don’t know about you, but we LOVE Tacky the Penguin! The original story is hilarious and all of the sequels to it are just as amazing. If you aren’t familiar with Tacky, I highly recommend you take a look at some of the fun books in the collection. There are many titles that can relate to all sorts of social stories and experiences your kids may be going through.

Tacky the Penguin Craft

Who is Tacky the Penguin?

Tacky the Penguin is a fun-loving penguin who isn’t like the other penguins. The other penguins dress properly, greet one another the same way, move harmoniously and eat the same things. Tacky on the other hand, is much different. He wears a brightly colored shirt, eats his fish on sliced bread, walks to the beat of his own drum, and greets his friends more abruptly than they’d like.

One day, some scary hunters come to take the penguins away to get rich. All of the penguins hide in fear. The hunters were hoping to find penguins who could sing beautifully. Tacky shows them his ways by marching in a strange pattern and singing his loud song. The other penguins catch on and join in with a dreadful tune, scaring the hunters away. From that day forward, the penguins are grateful for Tacky’s presence and no longer gave him the side-eye when he does his own thing.

You can share this video with your little ones so they can hear the story before creating a Tacky the Penguin craft.

Tacky the Penguin Craft

The Tacky the Penguin Craft is simple to prep and fun to put together. All you have to do as the adult is print the templates onto colored cardstock. Either an adult or the children can cut the pieces out. If you have the time, you can prep some for the students to practice cutting on but have extra pre-cut pieces ready to go if they make mistakes.

Once the pieces are ready, the kids can put them together to make their very own Tacky the Penguin!

Tacky the Penguin Craft
Print the shirt onto any color you want. The flowers can also be printed onto any color paper to add variety to the penguins.
Tacky the Penguin Craft
Students can get creative with their shirts!

You can also print the coloring page template provided so students can color their own penguin. This gives them the opportunity to color the tourist shirt any way they want.

The completed crafts make a fun and colorful bulletin board display for any time of year. You can use them to celebrate the winter, fun read alouds, or the letters T (for Tacky) and P (for Penguin).

More Book Crafts for Kids

This fun Tacky the Penguin Craft is part of a Book Crafts Bundle! One of my favorite things to do is complete a craft that relates back to a fun story. After reading the story, it’s so much fun to create a craft that kids can identify. Read the book, complete the craft and then display the kids’ artwork on the wall for everyone to see!

This Bundle includes crafts for the following books:

  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  • The Kissing Hand
  • Balloons Over Broadway
  • Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping
  • Moostletoe
  • Corduroy
  • Crunching Munching Caterpillar
  • If You Give a Dog a Donut
  • Duck for President
  • Five Little Pumpkins
  • Five Minutes Peace
  • Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms
  • Freddy the Frogcaster
  • Bear Stays Up for Christmas
  • Interrupting Chicken
  • Knuffle Bunny
  • Llama Llama Red Pajama
  • The Littlest Pilgrim
  • Michael Recycle
  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm
  • Pigeon Series
  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
  • The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything
  • Snowmen At Night
  • The Crayon Box that Talked
  • The Day It Rained Hearts
  • The Ugly Pumpkin
  • The Great Turkey Race
  • The Watermelon Seed
  • What Makes a Rainbow
  • We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt
  • The Thing About Yetis
  • Little Scarecrow Boy

There are so many fun titles to choose from and crafts to create! Which of these are your favorites??

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Laura Bensley

Former preschool teacher turned business owner that now creates educational resources for teachers in the classroom, homeschool, and daycare setting.

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HI, I'm Laura

Hi, I’m Laura and I am the creator of Crafty Bee Creations.  I am a former preschool teacher turned business owner that now creates educational resources for teachers in the classroom, homeschool, and daycare setting.  I have a passion for designing craft resources that are not only fun and engaging but work children’s fine motor skills too! 


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