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Montessori-Inspired PENGUIN 3-Part Cards to Match Safari Ltd Toob

Printable matching cards for Safari Ltd Penguin Toob.  Use for Montessori 3-Part lessons, sensory bins, crafts, small world play, and so much more.  Great for lessons about marine birds, Antarctica, snow, or winter.

I was going through my Montessori-Inspired 3-part cards the other day and comparing my collection to the toobs listed on the Safari Ltd. website, when I discovered a startling thing- I didn't have matching cards for the Safari Ltd Penguin Toob!  Since the penguin toob was one of the very first toys I bought for our homeschool, I was shocked.  Today, I remedy that problem!

Learn about Penguins with these great books and learning toys!

The Emperor's Egg- This book focuses on the male Emperor Penguins and how they take care of their eggs through the harsh Antarctic winter.  Celebrate dads with this adorable and informative book about sacrificial fatherhood.

Mr Popper's Penguins- This charming, classic chapter book is great for both a read aloud and an independent read.  What would it be like to host a group of penguins in your home?  Explore the fantastical possibility in this story.  For more ideas with this book, check out my Mr. Popper's Penguin family read aloud blog post.

If You Were a Penguin- Dive into penguin life with this cute book.  While most books about penguins focus only on the Emperor, this book references ten species (could it be the same 10 from the toob?)

Penguins on Ice Game- I love these Smart Games toys for homeschooling!  The brain teaser puzzles can be worked cooperatively or solo.  I think we'll be collecting more of these in the future, like this second penguin-themed game Pool Party.

Safari Ltd Orca Toy- The number one predator of penguins is the orca.  Grab this toy for some fun food chain playtime.

Penguin Balance Game- As you know, I love games that can be both group activities and good for solo quiet time.  This toy encourages kids to be patient and find balance.

Safari Ltd Penguin Toys- If you have younger children in your home, the larger penguins might be a better option.  Safari Ltd currently has a chinstrap (pictured), a humboldt, a rockhopper, and an emperor.  These figurines would be great for snow, water, ice, and other sensory bins.  The Safari Ltd Penguin Toob is recommended for kids over three.

Penguin Life Cycle Set- Penguins are birds, so they hatch from an egg.  Teach your kids the different stages of penguin life with this felt board set.

Don't Break the Ice Game- Play this classic ice cracking game with your kids to work on decision making, patience, and gentleness.

Buckling Penguin- I'm all about the fine motor skills practice and this adorable penguin buckling toy fits the bill!  Strengthen little finger with this fidget toy made for snuggling.

Wind Up Penguins- My kids love these types of silly wind up toys.  Turn the crank and watch them waddle around.  Get more than one and race them.

The Safari Ltd Penguins are perfect for all sorts of homeschooling and play situations.  I did a big roundup early this year with crafts, food, printables, and more.  I'm posting another article about penguins again tomorrow!  There's just so many great ideas and so many ways to learn about these flightless birds.

For today's blog post, I wanted to add a few ways to play with the Safari Ltd Penguins.  In the picture below, I've listed nine small world scenarios from landscapes to sensory bins.  If you laminate my penguin cards, your child will be able to play with the penguins and match them to the cards at the same time.  Click the colored text to visit the pages.

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The printable cards can be used Montessori-style to practice identification, reading, spelling, and more, either alone or matched with the Safari Ltd Penguins.  They can also be the springboard for storytelling or research, as children learn to compare the species.  Print off two copies to play a simple game of memory match.  Learn more about world geography and place the penguins in their correct homes (Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, South America, etc).  The uses for these adorable penguins is pretty much unlimited.  What's your favorite way to play with the penguins?

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