Apparently there are a few homemade Zoos on the go now, which is just brilliant! Though it does mean the pressure's on to come up with some new ideas. Luckily I've been saving the penguins - and do you know, they're probably my favourites so far. SO quick and easy.
Small piece of cereal box card
Lid from a large tub of ice-cream
Paint (black, white, yellow)
Fine black felt-tip or gel pen
Nail scissors (straight-edged or similar)
(Adult supervision/help needed with cutting and hole making)
The penguins are made from the long pointy cone bits in the box that protect the eggs. Some cartons don't have them but plenty do. How easy is that?
*If your cones have holes in the top, dab some glue inside the top of the cone and then push a small piece of newspaper up, to block the hole.*
First, roughly cut out as much of the middle cones as you can - this makes them easier to work with. Then, with a pencil, mark points 4cm from the top, around the cone. Join the points with a line and carefully cut up from the bottom and along this line. Spending a minute or two measuring stops you ending up with a wobbly penguin! (4cm is just a guide - make yours bigger or smaller if you want)
Paint one side white - and cut out and paint a few of the egg cups and the box lid too (for the icebergs)
REMEMBER to also paint a small piece of cereal box card yellow for beaks and feet (say 10cmx10cm).
Once the paint's dry it's time for the black. I found a quick outline with a black pen or pencil on the penguin's front helped. She's pretty neat, my 6 year old, but there mightn't have been so much white left if we'd gone completely freestyle!
TIP: Put your penguin on a spare egg carton cone to make it easier to paint (and less messy!)
Dot on eyes with a black pen.
For the beak, either paint or draw one on, or cut a thin strip from the yellow painted cereal box card. Snip the end into a 'V' and cut off the top cm or so (see picture below).
Draw a short line under the eyes. Use the nail scissors to pierce a hole on the line (keep them closed, press down and twist a little from side to side). Snip along the slot and wiggle the scissors in and out a bit to make it easier to thread the beak through.
Cut two long, thin triangles for feet. Stick the pointy bit underneath the front, and leave your penguin lying on its back until the glue is dry. Then bend them into place.
For their icy, arctic scene, paint a piece of cereal box blue, and cut it to fit the ice-cream lid.
Next, make your iceberg arrangement.
We used part of the egg box lid for a base, then cut the egg cups so they were all different sizes.
Stick the cups on top/in front/in the water - where ever you like really, before sploshing on another thick coat of white to fill any gaps.
One of our penguins has lost his head and gone for a dip...
I've had a request for monkeys and a whale... need to think about the whale, but I've a sort of plan for monkeys, so they'll be next!
Anything else you'd like to see in the Zoo? Within reason, obviously!