Preschoolers will love these fun penguin preschool activities playing hide and seek with penguins in fake snow. Sensory play and learning!
Bo absolutely loves all things sensory. She will do just about anything if it means she can play in something messy. When we made frost the other day, I wanted to come up with a recipe for a fake snow that wouldn’t melt or make too much of a mess. I was inspired by a bath bomb recipe that I made with Monkey for a fundraiser, because before we dyed the bath bomb powder, it looked just like snow! When I found penguin erasers at Target, I knew I had a recipe for perfect penguin preschool activities by mixing the erasers and the snow.
Snowy Hide and Seek Penguin Preschool Activities
This hands-on activity is perfect for preschoolers just learning how to count, or for preschoolers who just need a fun sensory activity this winter.
What you need for the penguin preschool activities:
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For the fake snow, I mixed one cup of baking soda (I always buy the really big box of baking soda because we always use so much!) and one cup of corn starch. I added just enough water to make it crumbly and hold its shape when squeezed.
I poured the snow into our play tray, and gave Bo the penguin erasers. At first, she just played with the penguins in the snow, but after a bit, she came up with the hide and seek game. She would bury a few penguins in the snow, then pretend that another penguin was finding them.
I turned this activity into a counting activity by having her hide and find a specific number of penguins. We took turns hiding one, two, three, four, or five penguins (she is currently only counting up to five, but we had about 30 erasers, so you could count much higher than that if your preschooler is ready).
After counting to hide the penguins, we switched the game up a bit. I would hide the penguins secretly, then tell her how many I buried. She would then count the penguins as she found them until she counted up to the number I had hidden.
We both thought this penguin activity was a blast!