Penguin Themed Snack, Craft, and Party Ideas

Today we’re all about the penguins! Who doesn’t love these sophisticated, yet adorable little waddlers on a blustery winter day? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite penguin themed ideas, including a healthy penguin snack, a wintery penguin craft, and of course, lots of penguin themed party ideas. Have fun!

penguin olive party snacks

These olive and cream cheese penguins are easy to make and the perfect healthy snack for a birthday, a class party, or just a novel way to get your kids to eat some veggies! Here is how to make them:

Penguin Olive Appetizers

Ingredients:  (makes 18 penguins)

  • 18 jumbo black olives, pitted
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 18 small black olives
  • 1 large carrot
  • 18 toothpicks

Directions:
1. Cut a small slice from top to bottom in the side of each jumbo olive. Carefully insert about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese into the slit to resemble the penguin’s white chest.

2. Slice the carrot into eighteen 1/4 inch thick rounds; cut a triangle out of each carrot slice to form the penguin’s feet. Save the cut out piece to use as the penguin’s beak.

3. Cut a small horizontal slit into the smaller olive and insert the carrot triangle beak.

4. To assemble your penguins, stick a toothpick into the carrot feet base. Then add the large olive body, hole side down. Finish by adding the smaller olive head to the top

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Soap Snowball Penguin Craft

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Aren’t these  soap snowballs totally cute? They are a fun and easy craft for a stay at home winter day. They make great stocking stuffers too! You can fill them with any small plastic toy.  A couple of years ago we posted a complete tutorial on how to make these soapy snowballs.

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Penguin Themed Party Ideas

penguin party ideas

Have you guessed that we love penguins? Click on the link to see an entire page full of penguin party ideas on our website full of inspirations for penguin themed invitations, decorations, activities, crafts, games, and food ideas. Everything you need to plan and host an amazing penguin party! Have fun!

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Snowflake Window Clings

Let it snow,  Let it snow, Let it snow!

Well, the Christmas decorations have all been taken down and the confetti swept away from New Year’s, and things were looking a little bare around here.  So, I kept up my twinkling snowflake lights and the kids and I made these snowflake window clings to add some wintery fun.

Snowflake window cling craft
Materials

  • Ziplock bags
  • Three Dimensional Paint-we used Tulip Glitter in ‘Diamond’
  • Snowflake templates

how to make snowflake window clingsSnowflake window cling directions

 

 

 

 

 

Directions

  1. Print snowflake template or make your own.
  2. Cut it out and place in Ziplock bag.
  3. Trace the lines with the tube of paint.
  4. Let dry over night, or about 6 hours.
  5. Peel off the snowflake and attach to the window.

This would also be a great craft and decoration for a Winter Wonderland Party




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Soapy Snowball Craft

soapy snowball craft

Looking for a fun craft idea to help wash away the winter blues? Make soap snowballs!  These snowballs are fun and easy to make, and when you hide a little toy inside they are a great way to motivate kids to wash away winter germs.

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Materials:

  • 4 (4.5 oz) bars of soap (Ivory Soap works especially well)
  • A cheese grater (or a food processor with a grating tool)
  • ½ cup of lukewarm water
  • Small toys to put inside the snowballs (optional)
  • Peppermint extract (optional) 

Directions:

  1. Use your cheese grater or food processor to shred your soap into a large bowl. (Be sure to watch little fingers during this part.)
  2. If you want to add a minty scent to your snowballs, add a few drops of mint extract to ½ cup of lukewarm water.
  3. Add the water, a little bit at a time, to the bowl of shredded soap until it forms a claylike texture. Mix the soap and water with your hands as you add it to be sure you are getting the consistency you want.
  4. If you are adding a toy surprise, start with that and mold a large handful of the soap mixture around it to form a snowball.
  5. Set your snowballs on a tray or rack to dry. It usually takes about 24 hours for the snowballs to fully dry.  

** Be sure to really rinse off  any utensils that you used to make your soapy snowballs before putting them in the dishwasher, otherwise you might get more sudsy action than you bargained for! 🙂





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Christmas Cookies in a Jar

How to make Christmas cookies in a jar

Christmas Cookies in a jar make a great gift for teachers, coaches, or anyone who deserves a little Christmas cheer!

It’s that time of year again, time to start thinking about holiday gifts for the special people in our lives. In our home, my girls have always wanted to contribute to holiday giving, so that means coming up with easy craft ideas for Christmas gifts. These Christmas cookies in a jar are a wonderful solution. They are pretty, easy to make, and taste great! I got this recipe years ago from a friend, but I think it originated in Family Fun magazine. Here is how to make these festive holiday cookies in a jar:

christmas-lights-dividerHere is what you need for each jar of cookies:

  • 1 quart glass wide mouthed jar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate covered candy (such as holiday M&Ms)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup cocoa-crisped rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • Ribbon and decorative tag

To Make the Cookies in a Jar:

  1. Add the ingredients to the jar in the order listed above, packing down each layer with the back of a spoon as you go.
  2. Screw on the jar’s lid, using a pretty ribbon to attach a decorative tag with the important baking directions (see below).

Here is what the baking directions say:

Happy Holidays!

To make your holiday cookies, cream together 1/2 cup of butter or margarine, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 egg in a large bowl. Add the contents of the jar and stir until well blended. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Makes 4 dozen cookies.

**If the cookies were going to a teacher, we also attached a picture of the girls to make it a little more special.

directions for making Christmas cookies in a jar

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 For some more great Christmas cookie party ideas, be sure to take a look at the Christmas party themes on our website, Creative Party Themes!