Hands-on person on your list? The Craft Paper Penguin is a ready to assemble toy made entirely out of paper. When finished, turning the side crank will make the Penguin on top flap his little wings. By Keisuke Saka of Japan.
This Craft Paper Penguin is a great project for your older kids. With just a bit of cutting, folding, and gluing, this craft turns into a penguin that flaps it's wings with the turn of the crank.