Be Brave Little Penguin Activities

What happens when a penguin is scared to swim? Read Be Brave, Little Penguin to find out. Then complete these Be Brave Little Penguin activities to extend the fun!

As you begin preparing your penguin preschool activities, be sure to make time to read Be Brave, Little Penguin by Giles Andreae. Preschoolers will enjoy this adorable story about confidence and self-esteem.

Let’s dive a little deeper into the story, and then discover some fun hands-on activities you can do with your preschoolers.

Add this free winter printable to your preschool activity list. Kids will love using these pages to complete coloring pages, handwriting practice, drawing, and more.

Be Brave Little Penguin Activities

Winter is here, and it’s a great time to teach preschoolers about penguins. This feel-good rhyming story provides kids with a positive message about confidence and self-esteem as Pip-Pip overcomes his fears to join his friends swimming in the sea.

After reading the story with your preschoolers, try out some of the fun hands-on activities and printables I’ve shared below.

Hands-On Activities

After reading this story with your preschoolers, teach your little ones how penguins stay warm in the cold. Fill a plastic bag with shortening and ask your little one to stick his hand in it. Then, place the bagged hand in a bowl of ice water. They’ll be amazed!

Talk about fears and bravery. Everyone is afraid of something, and that is okay. The key is learning to face those fears instead of shying away. Also, talk about what makes someone brave.

Serve one or more of these fun penguin snacks to your preschoolers. Will you choose cupcakes, cookies, or something else?


Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about penguins. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.

If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.

PenguinsTacky the PenguinIf You Were a Penguin


Penguins – In Explore My World Penguins, curious kids ages 3 to 7 will be excited to learn about the delightful world of penguins: the extreme lengths they go to to care for their young and the relationship between baby penguins and their parents.

Tacky the Penguin – Tacky’s perfect friends find him annoying until his odd behavior saves the day.

If You Were a Penguin – In this simple, rhyming picture book, the youngest readers will learn about penguins. This is the perfect read-aloud for teachers and parents to share with young children as they imagine what life as a penguin is like!

What’s included in the printable?

• Color and trace – Color the penguin, and trace the word.

• Handwriting – Trace the Pp’s and color the penguin.

• Trace the Lines: Kids can trace the lines from left to right. This is a great fine motor activity and perfect for prewriting practice.

• Scissor Practice: Color the picture of the acorn. Then, cut it out on the dashed line.

• and more!

Teaching Resources

Everyone’s a winner with this super fun, non-competitive game to practice colors and shapes vocabulary! Spin the spinner, match the fish and collect them in your net. But, wait! You might have to feed a fish to the Hungry Penguin

Stack and sort five brightly-colored wooden rings, topped with an adorable penguin. The base of this wooden penguin stacker is curved for additional fun rocking movement!

Spark your Kiddo’s creative interest with this Penguin Pals Dough Kit! Sensory play and loose parts play rolled into one, this kit gives kids the unlimited ability to play, create and learn.

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