I am really happy with how well received this little art project experiment has been. My original inspiration came from reading a post on Water's Wiggle Worms which is a blog I discovered when searching for penguin activities. That post led me to a link about how to draw a penguin. Below is a photo of what I printed out from that link. I decided to make up a little booklet showing the steps so my students could copy each part to draw their own penguins. I've never had anything like this out before, however, and I wasn't sure how it would work.
Below you can see how I set this up on the shelf. In the wicker basket is a stack of 6 inch square pieces of white construction paper, a little basket with an orange and black marker, and the step-by-step booklet I made. To make the booklet, I cut 6 pieces of 6 inch square white construction paper and drew each step of the above directions on a page. Then I mounted these on black construction paper, laminated it, and hole-punched the top, connecting the pages with pipe-cleaners (because I didn't have any book rings). In the photo below you can see the first page which shows the orange "beak" of the penguin.
The photo below shows the last page of my step-by-step booklet--------sorry for the flash glare!
Below is a photo of a student drawing his penguin. SOOOOOOO cute! I cannot tell you how very cute these are turning out. The children are so proud and excited to be drawing their very own penguins.
Here's another one. I love it, don't you??