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DIY Feed the Penguin Game for Preschoolers

I love games that can be used in multiple ways, whether it is for learning colours, letters, numbers or more this Feed the Penguin Game is ideal for kids to “post”. When my daughter was younger we used it throughout the winter to work on speech therapy for a stammer as well as using it as detailed below for learning the colours, numbers, letters, words or anything.

DIY Preschooler Game for learning - feed the penguin. Make it yourself and then feed the hungry penguin fish with words, colours, letters, numbers, shapes etc. on that you are learning at the moment.

You will need – to make the feed the Penguin colour game:

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Cardboard Box – ours was an Amazon Delivery box

Black Card

Orange Card

White Paper



Glue Stick

Various coloured papers (to make coloured fish)

Looking for more ideas for learning with the penguin theme – check out our penguin ice-berg counting game.

Preparation – Making the Penguin

Start off by finding a box that is smaller than the height of your black card. This will hold the penguin up.  If you don’t have a box, you can make a stand out of some strong card or even rest your penguin against a plastic box to hold it up.

On a piece of black card, cut out a large oval to form the body. Stick this to the box. I used sticky tape as I needed to do it quickly and easily whilst my preschooler ate her snack. On another piece of black card, cut out a small oval to form the head. Then roughly draw and cut out some arm shapes.

With a white piece of paper, cut out an oval to cover the body, and a smaller oval to go on the face.

On the orange card, cut out two feet shapes. Don’t worry about cutting out a beak yet.

Assemble the arms to the back of the body. Then put the white oval on top of the body, and then the feet on top of that. Add the white oval to the head shape, and now lay the head in position (but don’t glue it yet).

Draw an open mouth on the body and head so it crosses both parts. Then cut out the body area of the mouth. Lay the head back in place and draw this shape to join up with the top part, and then cut out the whole area.

Stick the head to the back of the penguin body – you should now have a penguin (minus an orange beak) with a big open mouth. Lay the penguin on some orange card, and trace inside the open beak. Lay your penguin aside, and draw an open beak around the shape you’ve already have drawn and cut out. Glue this shape in place. You now have a finished penguin.

Feed the Penguin - preschool game for math and literacy

Draw a quick fish – I drew a really basic one with a triangle for a tail and then fleshed it out a little to make it easier for my preschooler to hold. Use this as a template to cut a collection of fish out of different colours of paper.

Check out our no mess colour mixing activity which is perfect to use as your child explores primary and secondary colours.

Playing the Feed the Penguin Colour and Count Game:

A fun winter or polar-themed game for preschoolers to feed the penguin. Full instructions on making the stand up penguin and the ideas and inspiration for using it to play simple learning games with preschoolers at home or in the classroom.

Feed the Penguin Colours Game

With a variety of coloured fish, we started our game by feeding the penguin and reviewing the different colours.  As I mentioned earlier, T knows the names of the colours, but she doesn’t match those names to the colours at all, even when saying things like “yellow like the sun”. So as she fed the fish, I would say the colour and she would have to find the matching colour.

Feed the Penguin - preschool game for math and literacy

Once all the fish had been found she decided to sort them into piles of the same colour.  Sorting and organizing are essential math skills, and whenever they can be practiced they should be.

Feed the Penguin - preschool game for math and literacy

With the fish sorted, we reviewed the colour names again, and then I called out a colour she had to find the fish of that colour and feed it to the penguin before moving with the game.

Feed the Penguin - preschool game for math and literacy

Adapting the Feed the Penguin Colour Game for other areas of learning

There are lots of adaptations to this colour game that so you can play it with your preschoolers and slightly older children.  Here are some suggestions:

Feed the Penguin - preschool game for math and literacy


  • Involve a dice and count the fish you’re feeding the penguin, either through 1 to 1 correspondence, or addition and subtraction
  • Using pencil, write numbers on the fish, ask your child to find a that number to feed to the penguin
  • Create a set of cards which could represent numbers, colours, letters or words, and use these with the fish. If you laminate the fish or use pencil they become reusable and could be used with any of the cards suggested.
  • Write letters of the alphabet on the fish, and have your child to pick out their name to feed the penguin
  • Write sight words to feed the penguin

Feed the Penguin, a fun winter themed colour game for preschoolers

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Frog Maths Game
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DIY game for preschoolers ideal for Polar or Winter themes with a Penguin. Feed the penguin fish with the different ideas that you are teaching your preschooler at the moment. Ideal for hands-on play and learning with your tots.

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