Penguin Bookmarks

Last week Thursday was World Penguin Day – a day that we celebrate every year at our school. Why? Because our mascot is a penguin. Penguin activities are a great way to not only learn about penguins (there are 18 species), but also to create school spirit.

One of the activity ideas our principal came up with this year was to make bookmarks. I love reading and immediately decided that I would do this. The materials needed were: tongue depressors, a black marker, an orange marker, and some felt.

Creating Bookmarks. ยฉ Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

The children loved making their bookmark and enthusiastically came to my table when I called them. Some children had trouble cutting the felt so I helped them. After I had traced the outline of the penguin onto the stick, they mostly worked independently. At the end of the day, all the bookmarks were lined up on my table. I left them to dry overnight and the children took them home the following day.

Some children immediately took out their current read from their backpack and inserted their bookmark. Seeing that made me smile as I knew that what they had made would be used. My sample is also being used and it works quite well.

Seeing the uniqueness of each bookmark brought a smile to my face as the creation reflects the personality of the creator. I am hoping that each time my student uses their bookmark, they will smile when they think of the day they made it.

Would you make a similar bookmark?

ยฉ Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Trentโ€™s Weekly Smile challenge.)

19 thoughts on “Penguin Bookmarks

  1. Very cute and functional. My school mascot is a rooster. I’m sure the art teacher can come up with something.


  2. A great idea Colline. My granddaughter loves to read and used to collect and make bookmarks all the time. Sheโ€™s 12 now and still loves reading but seems to have passed thru the bookmark stage. BTW have you seen The Velocity of Being? A glorious book about the love of reading for young people.


    1. These bookmarks can be made showcasing a variety of animals: tigers, bears, dogs. We just chose to make penguins.
      No, I haven’t seen that book. I will need to look for it the next time I am browsing at the library or bookstore.


  3. Those are really cute! I love all kinds of bookmarks, and have a lot, and have made some, too. What a great project for the kids in your class!
    Using a tongue depressor stick is a nice idea…now I want to make some! ๐Ÿ™‚


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