What Is Penguin Day And When Is It?
Penguin Day, actually called Penguin Awareness Day, falls on January 20 of each year. What is Penguin Day? It's a day set aside to take time to learn about penguins. These flightless birds are adorable. They look like they are dressed for a formal party with their tuxedo-like appearance. They waddle about, live in frozen lands, and swim. When you celebrate Penguin Day, be sure to add lots of facts about these birds your kids will enjoy hearing, and they will learn about these aquatic birds and how they live.
There is another day set aside to celebrate penguins and the other date is April 25th. So if you really love penguins, you can celebrate these flightless birds twice a year with the fun kid game and craft ideas you will find on this page.
Celebrate Penguin Day With Your Kids
Why not celebrate Penguin Day with your kids. It's easy, it's fun, and it's a tradition you can begin and follow year after year. Your kids are going to have some great fun and so are you! Start off the day with some penguin facts and penguin pancakes. Have you ever heard of such a fun sounding breakfast, one that's perfect for this special day?
Then you can do a penguin dance, watch a penguin movie, or make one of the fun and free penguin crafts I've scattered on this page. There are also some coloring pages for you to print out and guess what's on them! I don't have to say, do I? You can also find some printable games that revolve around some black and white flightless birds. Penguins are birds that waddle, have your kids waddle about for some fun.
Watch Penguin Movies
There are some good movies you can play on Penguin Day. You can choose from live action films or one of the animated movies made about these cute aquatic animals. Watch the movie choice together and discuss the film when it's over. Ask your kids what was their favorite part, what part of the movie did they like the least, and ask what they learned about Penguins from the film.
- The Penguin Movie
- Happy Feet
- The Penguins Of Madagascar
- Mr. Poppin's Penguins
- Surf's Up
Penguins Are Birds That Do Not Fly.
Printable Pages About Penguins
You can find games and printable pages all about Penguins. I've listed several here for you, but a quick Google search will find hundreds of them for you to print out for your kids. Some of these pages are coloring pages, others are word search games, maze games, dot to dot puzzles, word scrambles, crypto-grams, or just click on the coloring picture below to see more printable Penguin pages on Pinterest.
Printable Penguin Coloring Page
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Make Your Kids Some Penguin Snacks
Making food look like Penguins is really easy using the fun ideas below. Imagine a banana dressed up with a little bit of chocolate and candy to look like the bird we are celebrating today! I found a quick and easy how to tutorial on Momma Told Me that will help you create this special snack for today's celebration.
Chocolate Dipped Banana Penguins
This Penguin snack is so easy to make, you don't even need to read the directions once you have seen the picture. Just take some bananas, some melted chocolate, some Reese's Pieces, and some candy eyes. Cut the bananas in half and melt your melting chocolate in the microwave. Dip the tops and bottoms of the bananas, decorate with the Reese's Pieces or other orange candy, and add the eyes while the chocolate is still warm. You can put the bananas in the freezer for a little while so they are firm while you dip and decorate them.
The candy ingredients are all simple to find in your local grocery store...Reese's Pieces, melting chocolates, and candy eyes are usually found in the baking aisle at your store. Imagine how thrilled your kids are when they see these super snacks...or show the kids how to make these Penguin bananas and allow them to dip and decorate their very own Penguin.
Penguin Crafts For Kids
I always save my paper towel rolls for my kids to use during craft projects, and here is a Penguin craft that is perfect for these supplies. I save the cardboard rolls but if you don't have any, you can buy craft rolls at your local craft store, or on Amazon. Here's what you will need to make these flightless bird crafts with your kids:
- Paper Rolls
- Black, White, & Orange Construction Paper
- Pencil - To Mark With
- Tape (you may, or may not need it)
- Googly Eyes
****You can also use paint instead of the colored construction paper. If you decide to decorate your craft this way you will need:
- Kid Safe Craft Paint
- Paint Brushes
Penguin Craft Roll Project For Kids
- Roll some black construction paper around your paper roll and mark the edges.
- Cut the black paper to fit the craft roll based on the marks you made.
- Put glue on the back of the black construction paper and adhere it to the craft roll.
- Cut out wing shaped ovals from the black construction paper.
- The back of the "Penguin" is the spot where your black paper seam is. Using this as a mark, glue the wing oval shapes to the sided of the craft roll.
- Cut out a white oval shape to use as the belly of the Penguin. Glue it onto the front, center of the bird, between the wings.
- Glue on the eyes.
- Cut a diamond shape out of the orange construction paper and fold it in half. Glue the bottom half onto the penguin as a beak. The top half should flap up and down if you touch it. Just look at the craft picture to get the idea.
- Cut out two orange triangle shapes to use as your Penguin's feet and glue them into place.
- If any of your glue seams seem flimsy, you might want to reinforce them using the tape. If they seem okay to you, don't bother taping them into place.
****If you decided to paint your Penguin craft roll instead of using the construction paper start by painting the craft roll black. Let each layer of paint dry before starting the next step. Draw the white belly section on your craft roll. Add an orange beak. Paint white circles for eyes and add a dab of black in the center as pupils. Paint orange triangle feet. How does your painted Penguin look?
Button Penguin Craft For Kids
Get your buttons out to make this adorable button Penguin craft. You can print out a cute little penguin template and glue your buttons right on top. You will need black, white, orange, and blue buttons to follow the penguin design in the picture, or use any color buttons you like!
Walk Like A Penguin
If you watch a Penguin walk, you will notice it looks like a waddle. Why not have the kids walk like Penguins. Have them put their arms down at their sides, and pretend their feet are tied together so they cannot move them too far apart. Take tiny steps...practice until you get it right.
Why not make waddling like a Penguin a game at your celebration? You can have a Penguin Walk Relay Race by dividing the kids into groups. Instead of running back and forth as kids usually would in a relay style race, you can have them waddle from the start line to the finish line.
There Are 17 Species Of Penguins
17 species of Penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere of Planet Earth. They are:
- Emperor penguin
- King penguin
- Adelie penguin
- Chinstrap penguin
- Gentoo penguin
- Rockhopper penguin
- Erect-crested penguin
- Macaroni penguin
- Fiordland penguin
- Snares penguin
- Royal penguin
- Yellow-eyed penguin
- African (jackass) penguin
- Galapagos penguin
- Humboldt penguin
- Magellanic penguin
- Little (blue) penguin
Easy Paper Penguin Craft For Kids
Want More Penguin Game Ideas?
Kids love games, so here are a couple more game ideas you can use at your Penguin Day celebration.
Pin the Tail on the Donkey is a favorite party game for kids and you can take advantage of this on Penguin Day. Print out a picture of a Penguin, cut out orange beaks from orange construction paper. Hang the picture on the wall. Blind fold the kids one at a time while they try to stick the beak on the Penguin!
Are you a ring toss fan? Decorate a box to look like Penguin. Cut a circle in the middle. Have the kids stand behind a "foul line" and try and toss the ball into the Penguin! You can also use black and white sponges to toss into the Penguin to keep in theme with the colors of the game.
Penguin Bowling Set
Easy To Make Penguin Bowling Game For Kids
Or you can make a Penguin Bowling Game using empty plastic soda bottles. Use black and white construction paper glued to the bottles to decorate your game. Add some eyes and an orange paper beak and feet. You can also print a picture of a penguin, cut it out, and glue it onto the soda bottle.
Set your Penguin pins up in a triangle and let the kids roll a soft ball at them to knock them down! The kids are going to love playing the fun party games you set up for them.
Sing A Song - 5 Little Penguins
So whether you decide to celebrate Penguin Awareness Day on January 20 or World Penguin Day on April 25th, or both, here are plenty of fun food, game, crafts, and printables for kids you can use at your party. Enjoy and have fun waddling! Hope you learn lots of fun facts about our little un-feathered aquatic friends.
- World Penguin Day Coloring Book | Penguins International
For this year's World Penguin Day, we worked in collaboration with Creecha Kids and our partner Fin Pin Shop to create two fun activities to celebrate this day!
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