Last month, I focused on Arctic animals. Today, I’m focusing on another great winter theme … this time from the Southern Hemisphere with free penguin printables and Montessori-inspired penguin activities. I’m also sharing our latest subscriber freebie and a special instant download from The Montessori Company!
Here, I’m also sharing the links to free penguin printables for preschoolers through 1st graders (and sometimes older). To keep my list manageable, I don’t share coloring pages unless a page has a specific educational purpose related to penguins. Note: Whenever an printable pack includes both Arctic animals and penguins, don’t use both unless you’re focusing on both the Arctic and Antarctic. A penguin is not an Arctic animal. All penguin species are from the Southern Hemisphere, although they don’t all live in Antarctica.
At PreK + K Sharing, I tell how I used the printables to prepare Montessori-inspired penguin activities. I also have links to other posts with additional ideas and presentations.
Free Printables Used in the Pictured Penguin Activities for Preschoolers-First Graders
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Shelves with Penguin-Themed Activities
My shelves with penguin-themed activities include a free hand-painted printable penguin culture card (available with or without description) designed by The Montessori Company for Living Montessori Now. You’ll also find Montessori-inspired penguin numbers and letters (part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password … or check the bottom of your latest newsletter if you’re already a subscriber)
You could mix your penguin themed activities among your shelves according to curriculum area. Or you could have a special penguin area something like the one pictured. This one is more for 2½-4 year old preschoolers. I didn’t add my more advanced activities to the shelves, although you could have activities for mixed ages in a classroom or homeschool. If you’re a homeschooler, just choose the activities that work for your child’s interests and ability levels. If you don’t have room for all the activities you’d like to do, just rotate them.
I was lucky to have The Montessori Company create a lovely hand-painted penguin culture card for you to use on your shelves to introduce the penguin theme. I’m hosting the free printable as an instant download at Living Montessori Now. You can always access the free penguin culture card here. You can use the version of the card with the title only, although I like the description: “These flightless birds live in colonies and huddle together for warmth during the winter months.”
I like to buy at least one book specifically for a theme. I really like this National Geographic Kids Penguins reader.
Free Printable: Penguin Shape Matching Game from Life Over C’s
For most preschoolers, you could have two sets of the shapes that match metal inset shapes.
I use a Montessori Services rug on the floor for the layout.
Five Penguin Puppets and Counting Activities
Free Printable: Five Little Penguins: Counting Songs from Let’s Play Music
Free Printable: Five Funny Penguins Book and Game by Sheila’s Leaps in Learning at Teachers Pay Teachers
For this activity, I used a multicraft tray, with the penguin printables attached to craft sticks to make puppets. You could sing the songs in the post at Let’s Play Music. I like the printable Five Funny Penguins book to go with the penguins as well. I printed out 4 pages per letter-size page, so it’s smaller than it would be normally.
Penguin Cards and Counters
Free Printable: Penguin Numbers (part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password … or check the bottom of your latest newsletter if you’re already a subscriber)
I used a Montessori Services medium-size tray and 55 silver fish in a glass bowl. I LOVE these little fish beads! They’re reasonably priced yet feel like a high-quality material. They come in sets of 50, so I ordered two sets. I like that they’re all the same color and small enough to be used with many different activities.
I use a Montessori Services rug on the floor for the layout.
Free Printable: Penguin Adding to 100 with Hundreds Chart from Life Over C’s
Free Printable: Penguin Word Family Sort by Squirmy Scholars at Teachers Pay Teachers. I printed out the fish words in sets of 4 to make them small enough to fit in the penguins’ stomachs. I used 4 nouns for each penguin, but you could use as many or few of the penguins and words as you wish.
Free Printable: 3D Penguin Paper Toy from Easy Peasy and Fun
Free Penguin Printables for Preschoolers-First Graders
Montessori-Inspired Penguin Pack for DIY Cards and Counters, Number or Letter Matching, Number or Letter Basket, Number or Letter Salt/Sand Writing Tray, Letter Tracing, and DIY Movable Alphabet (subscriber freebie, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password – or check your inbox if you’re already a subscriber)
- Antarctica Unit with Free Printables from Every Star IsDifferent
- Types of Penguins 3-Part Cards from Welcome to Mommyhood
- Penguin Salt Tray Cards from Welcome to Mommyhood
- Types of Penguins from MontessoriSoul
- Parts of a Penguin from MontessoriSoul
- Printable Penguin Alphabet Matching From ABCs to ACTs
- P is for Penguins from Teaching Mama
- Roll and Draw a Penguin from Teaching Heart
- Penguin Pre-K Pack from Life of a Homeschool Mom
- Penguin Printables from KidSparkz
- Playful Penguins Preschool Pack by Our Little Monkeys
- Penguin Printables from Activity Village
- Penguin Printables from Making Learning Fun
- Penguin Ice Cube Counting with LEGOs from Preschool Powol Packets
- Penguin Shadow Matching Cards from Preschool Powol Packets
- Penguin Number Line from Preschool Powol Packets
- Feed the Penguins Counting Mats from Modern Preschool
- Penguin Do-a-Dot Printables from Gift of Curiosity
- Penguin Writing Prompts from The Educators’ Spin On It
- How to Draw a Penguin (lots of printables and tutorials)
- Penguin Lacing Cards (subscriber freebie) from Living Life and Learning
- Penguin Printables (subscriber freebie) from In All You Do
- Polar Regions Printables from A Teaching Mommy
- Do You Want to Dress a Penguin (subscriber freebie) from Sight and Sound Reading
- Penguin Handwriting Pack – Print and Cursive (subscriber freebie) from Embark on the Journey
- Penguin Addition to 100 with Hundreds Chart (subscriber freebie) from Life Over Cs
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins Printable Pack (subscriber freebie) from Proverbial Homemaker
- Polar Animals from FirstPalette
- Arctic Animal Packs (includes penguins) from Royal Baloo
- Arctic and Polar Region Printables from Natural Beach Living (This printable is for polar regions, so it includes penguins.)
- The Arctic and Antarctic Calendar Connections from 1+1+1=1 (This printable explains that penguins don’t live in the Arctic.)
- Arctic Animals Printables from Encouraging Moms at Home (Includes penguins.)
- Arctic Animal Bingo from Lanternfish
- Arctic Animals Finger Puppets from Education.com
- Animals of the Arctic Tundra Wheel from Scholastic
- Tundra/Arctic Printables from ABC Teach
- Polar Animal Resources from Primary Treasure Chest (This includes animals from both poles, so penguins are in the download.)
- Printable Arctic Animal Crafts from Learn Create Love (Includes a penguin.)
- Polar Animals Lapbooks from Homeschool Share (Includes lapbooks for both North and South Poles, so it includes a penguin.)
- Penguin Printables from Teachers Pay Teachers
- Penguin Printables from Teachers Notebook (the word search can’t be saved, so just search for penguin and free when you’re there)
More Arctic and Antarctic Animal Ideas
More Penguin Activities
Please join me at PreK + K Sharing for ideas on how to use the free printables to create Montessori-inspired penguin activities: Montessori-Inspired Penguin Activities Using Free Printables.
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