If you are looking for cute crafts for winter or a polar region theme, check out this list of 20+ preschool penguin crafts! Many of these penguin crafts are process art projects, too! They make a super fun addition to a preschool winter theme.
Preschool Penguin Crafts
Penguin crafts and activities are always a hit with preschoolers! They are such fun animals to watch and learn about that I always include some penguin activities in my winter lesson plans.
Sometimes, I even add penguin activities as part of our arctic animals preschool theme. I know, I know, penguins don’t actually live in the arctic! But the preschoolers and kids certainly don’t mind!
I still want them to understand that penguins live in a very cold and icy climate, much like their arctic animal friends. So I sometimes call it a “polar animals theme” instead.
Whatever theme you put them in, these penguin crafts are easy for for preschoolers to make and quick for teachers and parents to prep. They use basic craft supplies such as paper plates, cotton balls, toilet paper rolls, construction paper, and paint. An extra bonus of making these penguin crafts is that they work fine motor skills, too!
Whether you’re looking for handprint penguins or footprint penguins, cotton ball penguins or paper plate penguins, you’re sure to find plenty of ideas for kids on this list!
FAQs About Teaching a Penguin Theme
Teaching preschoolers about penguins should be playful and hands-on. Reading books is a great way to introduce young learners to penguins. Follow up books about penguins with some hands-on activities such as sensory bins and small world invitations to play, art and crafts, and free printables.
For a penguin themed circle time for preschoolers, it is a great idea to include books about penguins. Singing penguin themed counting songs is also a great way to incorporate music and math into your circle time.
Another fun activity for a penguin themed circle time is to invite the children to move like penguins. This is a great way for them to work on gross motor skills.
Since penguins live in cold climates, learning about snow, ice, and temperature is a great way to incorporate science into a penguin theme. Allowing preschoolers to experiment with ice is a great way to encourage science exploration and learning. A penguin theme would also be a great time to talk about the Arctic and Antarctica and other animals that live there.
Don’t forget the picture books!
No preschool theme is complete without lots and lots of picture books! Here are some of our favorites that feature those amazing penguins.
Penguin Crafts with Paint
These penguin crafts using paint are a great way for preschoolers to get creative while making a project that fits a winter or polar region theme.
Paper Penguin Crafts
These paper penguin crafts for simple enough for preschoolers to make and use only basic craft supplies common in most homes and classrooms.
These craft ideas are perfect for your winter themed lesson plans. The adorable penguin crafts for kids are a super easy way to get creative at home or in the classroom. Happy crafting!
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.