Penguins are such adorable little creatures. We have some African penguins at our zoo here in Florida. We can spend so much time watching them swim and waddle around.
If you like to do seasonal unit studies, penguins are fun to learn about during the winter time. Since they live in such a cold climate normally, winter is a great time to do a themed unit on these fascinating animals.
Penguins are amazing birds because they can live in extreme temperatures, and live mostly in water. God created their unique bodies to withstand intense below freezing temperatures, and to survive them. They are also absolutely adorable in their tuxedo bodies. I never knew much about these unique birds until I was a homeschool mom.
Our homeschool group went on a field trip to go see the movie March of the Penguins. I was blown away by all that the penguins went through to hatch an egg. I didn’t even know that the dads were the ones to stay home, nurture and protect the egg the entire time.
I was always bored to death by documentaries when I was a child, and I usually fell asleep through them. This was the first documentary I saw that held my attention the whole time. I definitely recommend watching it as a family if you are doing a study on penguins. You also can’t beat Morgan Freeman’s soothing voice!
Check out all these Fun Facts and Websites about Penguins:
These resources will be perfect for research projects or writing activities for older children!
Penguin Planet is a book, but this website that lists the different penguin species and facts and information.
Sea World All About Penguins is where you can learn about their diet, habitat, behavior, adaptations, communication and more. There are lots of videos and photographs.
View African Penguins on the Penguin Webcam at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Penguin Printables and Unit Studies:
Mr. Popper’s Penguins Literature Study with free printable about penguins
Penguin Match File Folder Game – Homeschool Share
Cute Penguin Crafts:
A unit study on animals wouldn’t be complete without some fun crafts. These are perfect for preschoolers, but even older kids that enjoy creating will enjoy these! Many of these will look cute as winter decorations in your home as well.
Learn Create Love has the cutest printable penguin crafts. I love how you can print these out and paint them, color them or use markers to decorate them.
Here are some more animals that are perfect to learn about during the cold winter months:
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!