Penguin countdown blocks


This happy little chap will count you down to the big day


You will need
1cm thick MDF board
pencil
hand saw
sand paper
nails
hammer
2” x 2” timber
red, black, yellow and white acrylic paints
paint brush


Directions

Download and print the Penguin Advent template here. Use the template to draw the shape of the penguin onto 1cm thick MDF board, then cut it out using a hand saw. Sand the edges to ensure they are smooth and splinter-free.

From a spare piece of MDF, cut two 6cm x 6cm squares and one 6cm x 8cm rectangle. Lay the rectangle down flat and stand the two squares on top of it, one at each end, to form a box shape. Nail into position and sand any rough edges.


Following the photo, paint the penguin, using white acrylic to paint his belly and face and black for the rest of his body. Use black and yellow to paint his beak and eyes. Paint the box you created in step 2 with red acrylic. Leave to dry thoroughly.

While the rest of the paint dries, cut the blocks. From a 2” x 2” piece of timber, cut two 2” blocks, to make cubes. Sand them and paint white. Once dry, paint a black number onto each side – your first block should have 0 on the bottom, 5 on the top and 1, 2, 3, and 4 on the sides. Your second block should have 0 on the bottom, 8 on the top and 1, 2, 6 and 7 on the sides.

Nail the red box onto the front of the penguin, making sure it sits flush with the base so that it will stand up straight. Place the blocks into the box and turn to change the date. Finally, make a little sign from glitter card and hang it around the penguin’s neck to decorate.

Photo: Lizzie Orme





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