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Wooden-penguin Wooden-penguin


  • Pencil
  • Card
  • Plywood
  • Jigsaw
  • Clamp
  • Piece of wood as a base
  • Sandpaper
  • Wooden block for the sand paper
  • Black, yellow and white wood paint
  • Paint brush
  • Newspaper for underneath


Firstly, print out the templates, stick them onto card and cut out. It is advisable to draw the penguins onto the plywood in advance (using the template as help) so that you can fit as many onto the wood as possible. The stars can be drawn onto the remnants. If there are several penguins and stars drawn onto the plywood, they should be sawn out in advance otherwise it could lead to complications during the youth club session. You should request the youth club attendees to wear old clothes because of the sawdust. Additionally, ensure you go through the safety precautions with the youth club attendees in advance. At each workstation clamp a piece of wood to the table to act as a work-surface, thus ensuring that the children do not cut into the table

Making procedure:

To begin with start with the arduous task of sawing out the wooden penguin – during which one has to remain patient as it can be very time consuming! Following this all the edges have to be sanded down, which should always be done diagonally from the top down to prevent fraying of the wood. It is advisable to cover the work surfaces with newspaper to avoid paint marks. However first use a pencil to demarcate the areas between different colours. I advise you to paint the yellow feet first and then the black body – leaving it to dry before painting the rest of the top side e.g. the corners. Then leave the penguin to dry again before the other side is painted in two stages. Following this you have done it and the wooden penguin is finished!

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