Inside: This collection of 25 preschool penguin activities is full of useful ideas for your winter time themes. Includes free penguin printables!
Penguins are an animal that I find myself just as fascinated with today as when I was a kid first learning about them.
Their ability to keep their egg carefully balanced on their feet for about 2 months through harsh icy winds is amazing!
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25 Preschool Penguin Activities that are Fun!
- Counting Cards – Preschoolers will arrange these counting cards into the correct number order.
- Marble Painted Penguins – Add some fine motor with this fun painting activity!
- Penguin Clothes Color Matching – Match the scarf and hat to the correct color written on the penguin with this printable. (Totschooling)
- Handprint Penguins – Using construction paper, cut out adorable penguins and have toddlers stamp orange handprints on the bottom as the penguin feet. (Mrs Hodge and Her Kindergarten Kids)
- Trace and Color Page – Toddlers will trace the dotted lines of this penguin before coloring in with crayons or markers. (Trail of Colors)
- Egg Balancing – Have your preschoolers try to walk with their feet together and a foam ball resting on their feet to explore how penguins waddle with their eggs. (Mrs. Wills’ Kindergarten)
- Cotton Ball Penguin – Create a soft and fluffy penguin by gluing cotton balls onto a penguin shape. (Easy Peasy and Fun)
- Penguin Matching Cards – Pair together the matching penguins with this fun table game. (Simple Fun for Kids)
- No-Sew Sock Craft – Stuff some black socks and decorate them to turn them into cute stuffed penguins that your toddlers will love. (Easy Peasy and Fun)
- Frozen Banana Snack – For some snacktime fun, decorate frozen bananas with chocolate in order to create these adorable penguin treats. (Momma Told Me)
- Handprint Penguin – Trace and cut out handprints to decorate into penguins and place on a wintery landscape. (The Best Ideas for Kids)
- Cardboard Tube Penguin – For a simple toddler craft, paint cardboard tubes and use googley eyes to make fun penguins that stand up. (Creative Family Fun)
- Felt Dress-Up – Cut penguins and various clothing shapes out of felt for toddlers to play penguin dress-up on a felt board. (Schooling a Monkey)
- Counting Mats – Toddlers will place the correct amount of goldfish crackers or other fish-shaped objects on each penguin counting mat. (Modern Preschool)
- Writing Practice Cards – Trace or cut out with scissors along the line to strengthen toddler fine motor skills. (Teachers Pay Teachers)
- Number Clothespin Cards – Place the clothespin on the small number that matches the number in the center of the penguin. (Childcareland)
- Penguin Large Motor Movement – Use these cards during circle time for some penguin movement fun. (Wantitamalas)
- Sensory Bottle – Make a penguin-themed winter sensory bottle for toddlers to hold and swirl around. (Teaching Mama)
- Label the Penguin – Create a velcro bulletin board activity for toddlers to label the areas of a penguin such as the beak, wings, and feet. (Keepin’ it Kool in Kinderland)
- Pattern Mats – Toddlers will match colorful pompoms with the colors on the pattern mat. (Fairy Poppins)
- Paper Plate Penguin – Fold a paper plate as shown and paint the edges, adding feet and eyes to make a cute penguin. (Our Potluck Family)
- Cupcake Liner Penguins – Use black cupcake liners to create little penguins glued to a blue backdrop. (I Heart Crafty Things)
- Penguin Puppet – Make penguin puppets out of black paper bags for some dramatic play fun. (The Resourceful Mama)
- Igloo Building – Create your own sensory snow and pack it into little igloos with a penguin sensory bin. (Mrs. Plemons Kindergarten)
- Snow Sensory – Use water beads as the pretend water for penguins to ‘dive’ in in this sensory bin. (Sara J Creations)
Free penguin counting 1-10 cards!
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24 preschool learning activities for your winter theme, including literacy, math, science, art, fine motor, and more! A great resource for teachers and homeschoolers.
24 preschool learning activities that cover
- Fine Motor
- Gross Motor
- Social Studies
- Circle Time