Penguins are always a fun theme, and kids love learning about them! Lately we have been all about adding in fun penguin activities to our learning, including this penguin shape roll and graph math center. Roll and graph games are always a hit with my students as they love anything with dice, and I love that this game not only works on shape skills, but on graphing as well!
Penguin Shape Roll and Graph
We are working on identifying and naming shapes, and this game works on six shapes total that are quite common to kindergartners; rectangle, triangle, circle, trapezoid, hexagon, and square.
The shapes have a unique twist to them though – they are shaped like penguins! Hence the title of the game, “Whacky Penguins.”
To prep the game, I printed out enough of the recording sheets for each student to have one, and then I prepped the dice.
I used these plastic insert pocket dice – I LOVE them! You just slide the cards right in and they are reusable and so easy to use!
But, don’t worry, if you don’t have them, I included a fold and tape die in the download for you too so that you can still play.
I place a few dice and recording sheets in a math center, and to play all each student needs is one die and one sheet.
They roll the die, saying the name of the shape. First up was a hexagon! Then they search and find it on their sheet, coloring the space above it on the graph.
Keep rolling and coloring the spaces on the graph until one of the penguins reaches the top.
Then, you know which penguin is the winner!
You can also keep playing until they all reach the top, sort of like a graphing version of Bingo “blackout” if there is time. It’s such a fun way to get practice with shapes, and my kids always love dice games.
Grab Your Copy
Ready for some roll and graph fun? Grab your free copy of the penguin shape roll and graph game by clicking the yellow button at the end of the post.
Then, for tons more wintry fun, hop over and grab our winter math and literacy centers!
More Penguin Fun
Looking for more awesome penguin activities for kids? Check out these 20 must-try activities from some super talented kid’s activity bloggers!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Penguin Felt Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Penguin Sight Word Game – Editable // Playdough to Plato
How Penguins Stay Warm // Science Kiddo
Penguin Counting Mats // Mom Inspired Life
Penguin Letter Identification Freebie // The Simplified Classroom
Penguin Patterning Mats // Fairy Poppins
Penguin Labeling Printable // Letters of Literacy
Penguin Number Words // My Creative Inclusion
Feeding the Sight Word Penguin // Play & Learn Every Day
Penguin Pre-Writing Tracing Cards // Modern Preschool
Baby Penguin Alphabet Letter Matching // Fun with Mama
Penguin Shapes Roll and Graph // The Kindergarten Connection
Penguin Ice Races // Still Playing School
Penguin Rhyming Game // Sara J Creations
How Do I Feel Emotions Chart // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Penguin Syllable Sort Printable // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Penguin Addition Problem // Recipe for Teaching
Penguin 10 Frame Worksheet // Schooling a Monkey
Penguin Number Puzzles // The STEM Laboratory
Penguin Dice Addition Game // Adventures of Adam