7 Fun Games to Play at a Penguin Themed Party

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What could be more fun at a penguin party than to actually act like a penguin? Some of these games encourage kids to do just that. The rest are just plain fun activities with a penguin theme. 

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    Musical Ice Blocks

    Musical chairs is a classic kids game that everyone loves. Since they don’t have chairs in Antarctica, however, the penguins have to play musical ice blocks instead.

    To make ice blocks for your party game, simply wrap large cardboard boxes in white paper. (You may need to fill the boxes to make them sturdy enough for kids to sit on during play.) Set up the ice blocks just as you would the chairs, with one less than you have players.

    Turn on the music and have the kids circle the row of ice blocks, only instead of walking, tell them to waddle like penguins.

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    Magnet Fishing

    Just like penguins must catch fish to survive, so must the players in this party game. To set up for this game, you’ll need:

    • Cardstock paper
    • Magnet stickers (found in craft stores)
    • A fishing pole (can be made by tying a string to a stick)
    • A bin

    Cut the cardstock paper in the shape of fish. Attach a magnet sticker to each and drop them into a large bin, such as a cardboard box or laundry basket. Attach a large paper clip to the end of the string on the fishing pole. Kids must try to catch a fish by attracting the magnet to the clip. Each player gets three tries to catch a fish. Any player who fails to catch one is out of the game.

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    Build an Igloo

    There are several ways kids at a penguin party can build an igloo:

    • Build a large igloo by stacking white paper wrapped, cardboard boxes.
    • Build a small version using sugar cubes and white icing.
    • Build a milk jug igloo.
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    Penguin Walk Relay Races

    Kids can divide into teams and run any style of a relay race, only instead of running they waddle like penguins. If you happen to have a penguin costume, one fun idea is to have each player don the the costume for their turn and then take it off for the next player to wear.

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    Ice Cube on a Spoon Race

    Divide your little penguins into two teams. Set up a bowl of ice cubes at the start line for each team, and put an empty bowl for each team a few feet away from the starting line. Give each team a spoon. Players must carry the ice cubes, one at a time, from the full bowl to the empty bowl. The first team to fill their empty bowl wins.

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    Pin the Beak on the Penguin

    Another classic party game is Pin the Tail on the Donkey. This game can be adapted to suit just about any party theme, including penguins.

    To set up for the game, draw a large penguin on a piece of poster board and then cut out and save the beak, attaching a piece of tape to it like a tail. Have the birthday child and his pals help you decorate the penguin with paint or crayons, and then hang it up on a wall. (If you prefer, you can also have a picture of a penguin blown up and printed to poster size.) Blindfold players and see who can tape the beak back in the correct place.

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    Feed the Penguin

    Wrap a large box in black and white paper to resemble a penguin. Cut a hole near the top of the box and draw a face around the hole (the hole will be the penguin's mouth). Tape orange, paper triangles above and below the hole to resemble the penguin's beak.

    Place the cardboard penguin against a wall. Have kids line up four-to-five feet away from the penguin. Give them small, foam balls (call them fish). See who can toss the fish into the penguin's mouth.