Penguin Species


Create and play a game with realistic penguins made from Crayola® Model Magic.


1. Read about the 17 species of penguins. Find out about their distinctive markings, sizes, markings, body shapes, and nesting patterns, as well as the weather and geography of their native locations. Make a chart showing this information using Crayola Colored Pencils.

2. To make the penguins: Work in pairs, as buddies with an older and younger child, or individually to model one penguin species using Crayola Model Magic. Design them so that all species are in scale with each other. Dry overnight.

3. Cover the work area with recycled newspaper. With Crayola Washable Watercolors Watercolor Brushes, paint each species to show its distinctive markings and forms. Dry overnight.

4. To create the Where Do the Penguins Live? game: On a large, round paper or tablecloth, draw a round map of the Southern Hemisphere with Crayola Washable Markers. Place penguins on the map.

5. Write the penguin species' names on index cards with markers or colored pencils. Make up your own game rules, or start with these: Shuffle the cards. For four players, deal three cards to each. If a player correctly identifies a penguin species, remove the model from the map, and take another turn. If the species is incorrectly identified, the index card is returned to the pile and the turn is over. The object is for players to collect as many penguin models as possible.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.


  • In addition to species names, make cards with other characteristics for the players to match.
  • Create habitat dioramas with small recycled cardboard boxes. Depict aspects of penguin life. Make a learning game of placing the proper penguins in their habitats.
  • For younger children or those with disabilities, limit the number of penguin species. Visit a zoo to see live penguins. Try walking and sitting like penguins do.
  • Research the effect of global warming on the penguin population.

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crayola supplies
  • Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • Washable Watercolors
  • Watercolor Brushes with Plastic Handle
  • Model Magic®
  • Giant Floor Pad
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • index cards
  • paper towels
  • container(s) of water



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs


  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students research information about penguins including size, markings, and living conditions.

  • Students create to-scale replicas of the 17 penguin species.

  • Children develop a learning game about conditions of each penguin species' geographic region.


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