Penguin Themed Winter STEM Activities for Kids

Winter lessons with penguins are a lot of fun and can be used almost half of the year if you live in a colder climate! From science lessons to arts and crafts, there are plenty of penguin themed winter STEM activities for kids to keep you busy!

Build a Fort Cooperative STEM Activity:

penguin fort stem activity

If you’re looking for a less mess penguin activity you can build a penguin fort with craft sticks! It’s low cost and virtually mess-less! You’ll simply need a toy penguin (or one of our wine cork penguins!) and a pile of craft sticks! That’s it! For a full tutorial on this cooperative project click here.

Another popular option is to build a life-sized igloo with gallon milk jugs!

Penguin Racing Obstacle Course:

Penguin Themed Winter STEM Activities for Kids

I got these awesome penguin racer toys at Oriental Trading but you can use any type of racers – even balls! Build an obstacle course for them, pull back, and let go! Here are some fun obstacle course ideas that you can try depending on the age level you are engineering with:

  • Masking tape maze on the floor.

  • Build a tunnel the penguin needs to race through.

  • Build an iceberg “ramp” with various declines to see how far your penguin goes!

  • Design objects the penguins must maneuver around.

  • Lay a measuring tape all the way out and measure the distance your racers travel.

  • Time it! Grab a stopwatch and see how long it takes your penguins to maneuver its obstacle.

Graph a Penguin’s Habitat Temperature with Art Sand:

colorful STEAM art sand activity

Use our free temperature graphing activity to visualize the temperatures found in a penguin’s habitat! This is a fantastic way to apply math skills while exploring habitats and showcasing your art! Each color of sand represents a specific range of temperatures.

In just one bottle you’ll be able to see the varying temperatures in a penguin’s habitat at a glance!

Build a Penguin Catapult STEM Activity:

  1. Design various sized icebergs out of cardboard and paint white.

  2. Build a catapult out of craft sticks – create different sizes!

  3. Launch your penguins over icebergs! 

This can provide a lot of different STEM lessons including physics, mass/density, angles, and more! You can even set up a Rube Goldberg machine to trigger the catapult!

Penguin themed Games:

  1. Pengoloo – Wooden Memory Color Matching game
  2. Don’t Break the Ice – a favorite strategy game!
  3. Hey – That’s My Fish! – a new strategy game!
  4. Penguin Race Set – classic mechanical toy – great for younger kids!
  5. Penguin Panic – party card game
  6. Penguins on Ice – a sliding puzzle game
  7. Penguin Pairs – a matching game
  8. Pyramid of Pengqueen – thrilling board game
  9. Ice Cool 2 – penguin flicking board game
  10. Thin Ice – new spin on a favorite strategy game
  11. Penguin Building – basic fine motor strategy play

Penguin themed Books for Kids:

Recommended Penguin School Products:

  1. Penguin Thermos Bottle
  2. Penguin Lunch Tote Bag
  3. Penguin Ice Packs
  4. Penguins Lunch Box
  5. Penguin Backpack
  6. Penguin Plush Toddler Backpack
  7. Penguin Water Bottle
  8. Penguin Notebook
  9. Penguin Pencil Case
  10. Penguin Bookmarks
  11. Penguin Paper Clips

Other Penguin STEAM Activities for Kids:

  1. How Does a Penguin Stay Dry Experiment

  2. Penguin Toboggan Races

  3. Paper Mache Penguin Project

  4. Penguin Nesting Dolls Tutorial

  5. Penguin Wine Cork Craft

  6. Squishy Penguin Light up Circuits

  7. Magnetic Penguin Writing

  8. OR just for fun – make your own penguin ornaments!

winter penguin advent calendarPenguins Nesting Doll Craft Tutorial
17 Cute Penguin Christmas OrnamentsMake Your Own Winter Penguin Wine Cork Craft Tutorial

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  1. Myla Smith says:

    These activities look so wonderful! It gets dark so early and I have so many kids… SO so many kids. I think that they will enjoy each and every one of these penguin-themed activities. Thank you so much for sharing.

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