Penguin Parfaits
One Cool Friend Book Play

Exploring Ink, Colored Pencil, and Watercolor Art with Kids

This art project was inspired by One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo. To learn more about the book and to see all our One Cool Friend activities, click here

Illustrator David Small used ink, watercolor and colored pencils to create the elegant artwork in One Cool Friend. After reading this witty story of a boy and his penguin, set out those same supplies and see what your young reader creates. Whether inspiration is drawn from the book and drawings of penguins and tortoises appear or a more abstract approach is taken, the fun in this project is in exploring the three different mediums and how they interact with each other.



  • watercolor paper
  • black permanent marker
  • colored pencils
  • watercolors
  • paintbrushes
  1. This is a very open-ending project! Allow readers to create whatever inspires them on this particular day! Here are some of our creations: 

One Cool Friend Art


Have you tried this with your young readers? Do they have one thing in particular that they like to draw, or do they prefer more of an abstract subject? 


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