I love to teach this mini-unit in the month of January.  Here are some great books that we like to read in my classroom at this time:

Time for Kids has a couple of great worksheets to use with your penguin unit:

Go Penguin Go (adding verbs to finish the sentence)

Parts of a Penguin (cut and paste words to finish this worksheet)

Cherry Carl has created this adorable little book titled, “Four Little Penguins”.  It is available on her website  I have also provided you with some links:

Four Little Penguins Student Version

Four Little Penguins Big Book

Four Little Penguins Song

She also has created a great little Roll-a-Penguin game on her website.  Here is the link to the penguin game:

Roll a Penguin Game

Here is another cute emergent reader that Cherry Carl wrote:

Penguin Play

Kidzone has a great Penguin mini-unit with lots of great free printables:

Kidzone Penguin Activities

Kinderprintables has lots of great Penguin themed printables in their Daily Printable archive section.  Here are a few links:

Penguin Calendar Numbers

Penguin Number Puzzles

Penguin Puzzle

Penguin Uppercase Letters

Penguin Lowercase Letters

Shelley Lovett’s Childcare Land has a ton of free printables!  She also has many items that are available for purchase.  Here are some penguin themed printables that she has in her free printable section:

Penguin Alphabet Book–color

Penguin Alphabet book–black & white

Penguin Alphabet Seqencing

Here is a penguin dot to dot available from

Penguin Dot to Dot 1-60

Here is a color by number activity available from Preschool Learning Online:

Penguin Color by Number

DLTK kids has some very cute penguin printables and activities on their website.  Here are a few links:

Penguin Counting Book–Color

Penguin Snack

Penguin Maze

Penguin Papercraft

I just found this link, it is on, but there are some cute activities.  I think that you have to join, but I’m not sure.  I provided you with some links so you can check it out:

Penguin Counting Cards

Penguin Photo Sets–Color

Here are some fabulous Penguin Counting cards from Primary Classroom Resources.  These are full color too!

Penguin Counting Cards 1-10

Here is a penguin counting worksheet from

Penguin Counting Worksheet also has some great penguin number cards on their website.  Just scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will find two different types that you can download.  These cards are nice because the sets include the numbers 1-30.  You could laminate these, add a bag of cotton balls and put them at a center to practice counting and number recognition!

Penguin Counting Cards

Making Learning Fun is an awesome website that also features a Penguin theme page.  There are numerous free ideas and printables that you can easily use in your classrooms:

Making Learning Fun’s Penguin Page, which is a great resource for any math lesson ideas, has a whole page dedicated to penguin math!  Check it out!

Penguin Math Ideas

Here are some links to some other great sites with other Penguin themes:

  1. Kindergarten Treehouse’s Penguin Unit
  2. Step by Step childcare’s Penguin Unit
  3. The Virtual Vine’s Penguin Unit
  4. Anne LaBoon’s Kindergarten Penguin Themed Unit
  5. Mrs. Pohlmeyers Penguin Unit note:  the graphics on this page may not be available due to the fact this page is available through the internet wayback machine, but there are still many very good ideas that you can still use!
  6. Kinderkorner’s P is for Penguin mini-unit

3 thoughts on “Penguins

  1. This is my first year teaching Kindergarte and I am doing a penguin theme in November. Your website was so helpful! Thank you for sharing.

  2. AWESOME resources!!!! I am doing a thematic unit this summer with my 3rd and 1st grader and 1-year old. We plan to jump-start the unit with a trip to the aquarium, research, etc., read Mr. Popper’s Penguins and then maybe see the movie. We will of course do a Venn diagram comparing the movie and book.

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