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 shapes 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!
*Pair with our Winter Centers & Activities for Pre-K/Kindergarten
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.“
How to Prep Roll and Graph
To prep the game, I printed out enough recording sheets (below) for each student to have one. Then I prepped the dice.
I used plastic insert pocket dice – LOVE them! You just slide the cards right in. They are reusable and so easy to use!
But don’t worry if you don’t have them. I also included a fold and tape die in the download so that you can still play!
I recommend laminating the die printables before assembling. It makes them sturdier and more durable for repeated use.
Lastly, grab the crayons and you’re ready to go!
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How to Play
First, the students will roll the die, saying the name of the shape that lands face up. They will then search and find the shape on their recording 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. The first penguin to reach the top is the winner!
You can also keep playing until all the penguins reach the top – sort of like a graphing version of Bingo “blackout”.
This game is such a fun way to get practice with shapes and my kids always love dice games!
Grab Your Free Copy
Ready for some roll and graph fun? Grab your free copy of the penguin shape roll and graph game by clicking the large, yellow download button at the end of the post!
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!
Penguin Felt Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
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How Penguins Stay Warm // Science Kiddo
Penguin Counting Mats // Mom Inspired Life
Penguin Letter Identification Freebie // The Simplified Classroom
Penguin Patterning Mats // Fairy Poppins
Feeding the Sight Word Penguin // Play & Learn Every Day
Penguin Labeling Printable // The Kindergarten Connection
Penguin Pre-Writing Tracing Cards // Modern Preschool
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
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