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Tacky the Penguin

ACTIVITY KIT

S

W E E T TAC K Y has always danced to the beat of his own drummer.
Wearing his signature flower-print shirt and purple tie, he doesn’t quite

fit with his dapper friends, Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect. But
through their many adventures, his friends have come to appreciate Tacky’s
unique way of seeing the world.

Host your own celebration of all things Tacky with the fun activities in

this kit!

Enjoy all the Tacky the Penguin books,
written by Helen Lester and
illustrated by Lynn Munsinger!
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We
love y!
Tack

It’s party time,
Tacky-style!
In Happy Birdday, Tacky!, Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect plan a
Perfect Surprise Birdday Party for their good friend Tacky the Penguin.
Host your own birdday party with the materials in this kit. Tacky’s birdday is
the day he hatched, but you can have a Tacky party any day of the year!
What you’ll need:

Invitations
Print out as many copies of this page as you need and fill in the details required.
Fold each page in half on the green dotted line and then in half again on the yellow
dotted line. Give or send invitations to all of your friends!

Party Ideas
Read the party ideas sheet and plan which activities you’ll have at your party.

Name Tags
Print out as many copies of this page as you need on Avery #5164 labels, or on white
paper. If you use paper, have a roll of tape or safety pins handy on party day so your
guests can wear their name tags. Have your friends make up their own penguin
names!

Party Games
Print out the maze, drawing sheets, stick puppets, and other pages
for your guests. You can have these activities as part of the
party fun, or send them home with your guests as party favors.

Tacky the Penguin Activity Kit  Illustrations © 2013 by Lynn Munsinger. All rights reserved.
This page may be photocopied for free distribution.

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Please come for penguin
fun and games!
for our favorite penguin!

THREE CHEERS

Hosted by:
Place:
Time:
Date:

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TACKY

the Penguin

TACKY THE PENGUIN BOOKS
Written by Helen Lester,
illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
Tacky the Penguin Activity Kit  Illustrations © 2013 by Lynn Munsinger.
All rights reserved. This page may be photocopied for free distribution.

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PART Y!

Party Ideas
Here are some fun activities to have at your Tacky party!

Dance!
Lead your guests in Tacky’s Flapwaddle Dance!

Three steps left
and three steps right.
Do it on your tippywebs to get some height.
Flap your flippers like you’re gonna take flight.
Stomp three times and say, “ALL RIGHT!”

Story Time!
Host a read-aloud of your favorite Tacky stories. Dress the storyteller in a loud
Hawaiian shirt and add a penguin beak or hat to complete the costume. For an
added treat, consider serving Fishy Ice Cream while everyone is listening to the
stories: Top a cone or a dish with a scoop of ice cream and lay Swedish fish candies
on top of the scoop.

Penguin Waddle!
Walk like penguins by squeezing your knees together, arms straight at your sides,
with hands pointing straight out from your thighs at the wrists like little flippers.
Take tiny penguin steps and waddle forward. Who can waddle fastest without
separating their knees?

Tacky the Penguin Activity Kit  Illustrations © 2013 by Lynn Munsinger from Happy Birdday, Tacky!
All rights reserved. This page may be photocopied for free distribution.

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HELLO, MY PENGUIN
NAME IS

Tacky the Penguin Party

HELLO, MY PENGUIN
NAME IS

Tacky the Penguin Party

HELLO, MY PENGUIN
NAME IS

Tacky the Penguin Party
Tacky the Penguin Activity Kit  Illustrations © 1988 by Lynn Munsinger from Tacky the Penguin.
All rights reserved. This page may be photocopied for free distribution.

HELLO, MY PENGUIN
NAME IS

Tacky the Penguin Party

HELLO, MY PENGUIN
NAME IS

Tacky the Penguin Party

HELLO, MY PENGUIN
NAME IS

Tacky the Penguin Party
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Maze
Tacky is winning the speed-skating race in the Winter Games! Can you get him
from the finish line to his “Big Winner” medal celebration?

Tacky the Penguin Activity Kit  Illustrations © 2005 by Lynn Munsinger from Tacky and the Winter Games.
All rights reserved. This page may be photocopied for free distribution.

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Drawing Sheet
Tacky doesn’t seem to
be making the healthiest
snack choices! Draw some
more nutritious foods for
Tacky in the box below.

Tacky the Penguin Activity Kit  Illustrations © 2005 by Lynn Munsinger from Tacky and the Winter Games.
All rights reserved. This page may be photocopied for free distribution.

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Drawing Sheet
Create your own artwork like
Tacky in the box below!

Tacky the Penguin Activity Kit  Illustrations © 2009 by Lynn Munsinger from Tacky Goes to Camp.
All rights reserved. This page may be photocopied for free distribution.

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Stick Puppets
Print this page on card stock with a color printer. Carefully cut out Tacky and his
friends. Then tape the top of a stick (an unsharpened pencil or wooden chopstick
works perfectly!) to the back of each penguin so that most of the stick
appears below each figure. Put on a penguin play!

Tacky

Goodly
Tacky the Penguin Activity Kit  Illustrations © 2013 by Lynn Munsinger from Happy Birdday, Tacky!
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Lovely
Angel

Neatly

Perfect
Tacky the Penguin Activity Kit  Illustrations © 2013 by Lynn Munsinger from Happy Birdday, Tacky!
All rights reserved. This page may be photocopied for free distribution.

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Scary Costumes
Tacky’s friends dress up on Halloween in verrrrrrry scary costumes. They choose to
dress as the thing that frightens them most.

What are you scared of ?
Draw your costume below.

Angel is scared of
m-m-monsters.

Goodly is scared
of insects.

I’m scared of
.
Neatly is scared
of thunder
and lightning.

Perfect is scared
of bubbles.
(Bubbles?
Perfect was
perfect, so no one
dared to ask
any questions.)

Lovely is afraid of the dark.
Tacky the Penguin Activity Kit  Illustrations © 2015 by Lynn Munsinger from Tacky and the Haunted Igloo.
All rights reserved. This page may be photocopied for free distribution.

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Tacky Treat Sack
What’s Halloween without a sack for your treats? Print this page and the one
following it on card stock using a color printer. Cut out the shapes as indicated.
Stack your sack pieces with the plain sides of the paper facing in. Staple or tape the
outer edges together, leaving the top open. Next, take the strap piece and
staple the two short ends to the two top edges to make a looping handle.
Trick-or-Tacky-treat! (The sack is also a great place to store your stick puppets!)
FRONT OF SACK

Tric
k-or-trea ith Tacky!
tw

Tacky the Penguin Activity Kit  Illustrations © 2015 by Lynn Munsinger from Tacky and the Haunted Igloo.
All rights reserved. This page may be photocopied for free distribution.

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BACK OF SACK

Trick-or-treat with Tacky!

Tacky the Penguin Activity Kit  Illustrations © 2015 by Lynn Munsinger from Tacky and the Haunted Igloo.
All rights reserved. This page may be photocopied for free distribution.

SACK STRAP

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Read all of Tacky’s
adventures!
Written by Helen Lester, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Tacky the Penguin

Tacky Goes to Camp

Tacky and the Emperor

ISBN 978-0-395-45536-4
$16.99 hardcover

ISBN 978-0-618-98812-9
$16.00 hardcover

ISBN 978-0-618-26009-6
$6.99 paperback

ISBN 978-0-395-56233-8
$6.99 paperback

ISBN 978-0-547-72213-9
$6.99 paperback

ISBN 978-0-547-77222-6
$6.95 eBook

ISBN 978-0-618-73754-3
$10.99 book and CD

ISBN 978-0-547-42453-8
$6.99 eBook

Tacky in Trouble

ISBN 978-0-547-13344-7
$7.99 board book

Tacky and the
Winter Games

ISBN 978-0-547-74070-6
$6.99 eBook
ISBN 978-0-618-12531-9
$6.95 Spanish pb
ISBN 978-0-547-76891-5
$6.95 Spanish eBook

Tacky and the
Haunted Igloo
ISBN 978-0-544-33994-1
$16.99 hardcover

Happy Birdday, Tacky!
ISBN 978-0-547-91228-8
$16.99 hardcover
ISBN 978-0-544-05522-3
$12.99 eBook

ISBN 978-0-618-95674-6
$6.95 paperback
ISBN 978-0-547-77223-3
$6.95 eBook

ISBN 978-0-618-38008-4
$6.95 paperback
ISBN 978-0-547-77224-0
$6.95 eBook

Tackylocks and the
Three Bears

Tacky’s Christmas

ISBN 978-0-618-43953-9
$6.99 paperback

ISBN 978-0-547-17208-8
$16.99 hardcover

ISBN 978-0-547-77226-4
$6.99 eBook

ISBN 978-0-547-77225-7
$16.99 eBook

Three Cheers for Tacky
ISBN 978-0-395-82740-6
$6.99 paperback
ISBN 978-0-547-77249-3
$6.95 eBook

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