Play With Your Food: Emperor Penguin

Create a friendly penguin using vegetables.

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Emperor Penguin!

Emperor penguin fathers take great care of their babies even in extreme conditions, a great reminder of how awesome dads can be!

Round Up Your Dad and Your Supplies

To make your penguin you will need a carrot, eggplant, two cloves and a paring knife (remember to let a grown-up do the cutting). A vegetable peeler will also come in handy, but it is optional.

Get Preppy

Begin by prepping your eggplant. Remove the leaves from the top and trim off the bottom so that your penguin can stand without tipping over.

Make the Body

Using a vegetable peeler or paring knife, remove the peel from the front of the eggplant to make your penguin's white belly. Also peel two round shapes near the top on either side to create the white shapes found on emperor penguins' necks.

Make Wings!

Create the outline of your penguin's wings by cutting away a thin sliver of peel in a long curved shape.

Start the Beak

Cut a hole at the top center of the eggplant to create a place for the beak.

Finish the Beak!

Press the pointy end of a carrot into the hole to create your penguin's beak.

Create the Feet

Create feet for your penguin by cutting triangles out of carrot slices.

Attach Feet

Cut small notches at the base of your penguin and place the point of the foot in them, so the curved part of the foot sticks out.

Add Eyes

Finish your penguin by pressing cloves into the eggplant on either side of your carrot "beak" to create eyes.

And You're Done!

Enjoy your emperor penguin!

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