Awaken the explorer in your preschoolers! Our Arctic animal-themed activities are perfect for discovering these curious creatures and helping them hone their literacy skills. From serene snowscapes to fascinating fauna, there’s something new around every corner. Your little ones will have a blast while learning about this frosty habitat and its friends!
This set of six printable activities offer a range of creative ways for preschoolers to discover and learn about life in the Arctic. Not only are these activities engaging, but each one focuses on an important early literacy skill that will keep kids learning as they explore this icy realm.
THESE Arctic Themed Preschool Centers WILL HELP PRESCHOOLERS DEVELOP the following skills:
- phonological awareness
- phonemic awareness
- letter formation
AS WELL AS THE FOLLOWING MATH SKILLS:
- number sense
- data analysis and probability
Get ready for some wintry joy with this amazing bundle of Arctic-themed preschool activities! With a variety of creative printables featuring the unique and enchanting animals that dwell at the North Pole (no penguins in this set), you’ll find plenty to keep your little ones engaged and learning.
And with so many early learning concepts included, these preschool centers will reach a wide range of skill sets in your classroom.
HERE’S WHAT’S INCLUDED:
This pack includes 78 pages of printable arctic animal literacy and math activities to use for whole group teaching or to add to your preschool centers. Activities are as follows:
Arctic Literacy Activities
- Snowy Arctic Letter Matching (Alphabet Knowledge) – Match the lower case letter on each snowflake letter card to the corresponding upper case letter.
- Arctic Animal Word Tracing Cards (Letter Formation) – Cut apart the tracing cards and place in a dry erase pouch. Use a dry erase marker to trace over each word.
- Counting Chilly Letters (Print Awareness) – Cut apart the letter counting mats. Cut apart the animal cards. Select an animal cards and count the letters that make up the animal name, then place the card on the corresponding letter counting mat. The animal cards are also sized for pocket charts and soft cube pocket dice.
- Crack the Arctic Code(Phonological Awareness) – Cut apart the syllable cards and the syllable jars. Mix up the syllable cards. Select a syllable card and name the picture on it. Count the syllables in the word and place if on the corresponding jar mat.
- Snowy Arctic Beginning Sound Mats (Phonemic Awareness) – Cut apart the beginning sound cards and place in a pile. Place the letter cards in a separate pile. Draw a letter card and place it on the mat. Add the corresponding beginning sound cards. (To simplify, place a select group of letters and matching beginning sounds and have your student work with only a few letters and sounds at once, rather than the entire alphabet).
- Arctic Animal Word Building (Phonemic Awareness) – Cut apart the word building cards. Use letter cards to spell out the word on each card. Alternatively, magnetic letter manipulatives can be used. Find matching letter manipulatives here: Magnetic Letter Manipulatives
Arctic Math Activities
- Arctic Animal Counting Cards (Number Sense) – Select a counting card. Identify the number on the card and count the animals. Use a small manipulative, like gray buttons or white pom poms, to place over each animal as it is counted. Practice ordering the numbers in ascending and descending order.
- Tundra Forest Shape Mats (Geometry) – Identify the shape on the mat. Then use a small manipulative to search for all the shapes on the mat and cover each one. Practice saying the name of the shape as each one is covered.
- Arctic Whales Roll & Sort (Algebra) – Cut apart the warm whale cards and the dice. Assemble the die. Roll the die and place a button or other small manipulative on the corresponding card.
- Arctic Animals Making Weight (Measurement) – Cut apart the making weight cards. Identify the animal on the card and then count the number of cubes that represent the weight of the animal. Cover each cube with a real snapping cube or other manipulative.
- Polar Bear Roll, Move & Graph (Data Analysis) – Use a 1-3 dice and roll. Move your game piece the corresponding number of places. Identify the type of polar bear landed on and then add a counter to the corresponding polar bear on the graph score card. At then end of the game path, which polar bear was landed on most frequently?
- Iceberg Addition Mat (Number Sense) – Place the addition mat in a dry erase sleeve or sheet protector. Cut apart the number cards and place in a pile near the mat. Have a set of small manipulatives near by, such as buttons or even small arctic animal Toob toys. Draw two cards, placing the cards on the mat to create an addition sentence. Add the corresponding number of manipulatives to each iceberg. Then, add them all together by moving hem to the final iceberg and identify the total number. Write the number in the empty box.
HOW TO USE THESE Arctic Printable Preschool Centers
These preschool activities are not limited to only centers. They can also be used in the following settings:
- printable preschool centers
- small group activities
- table top activities
- sensory table activities
- quick circle time activities
- whole class skills practice
- informal assessments
HOW TO ADD THESE TO WHAT YOU’RE ALREADY TEACHING
Of course, these thematic activities pair wonderfully with my Daily Lessons in Preschool Literacy and Math Curriculum because they target the same skills. With the thoughtful design of the daily lesson plans included in my curriculum, you will know exactly which arctic centers to pull out during the theme. Together, they make the perfect team for a well-rounded, engaging theme based curriculum.