Dress the Penguin Addition Practice 1-20

Looking for a fun way to practice addition this winter? These adorable penguins are here to help!

Children will love dressing their penguins as they solve simple math problems.

With several ways to play, the activity is a great way to differentiate.

Getting Ready

To prep the activity, I simply printed and laminated the pages.

Then I cut out the penguins, boots, and winter caps.

Although I skipped the step this time, you could put a velcro dot on the backside of the boots and hat as well as on the penguins’ head and feet so students could dress their penguins without fear of shuffling the pieces as they reach across the table or search for the correct answer.

Alternatively, you could add small magnets to each piece so that kids could dress their penguins on an upright surface such as a refrigerator (for homeschoolers) or magnetic white board (in a classroom).

Penguin Addition to 20

The matching game is perfect for kindergarten through 2nd grade because you can choose to focus on penguins 1-10 with younger students or use all 20 with children who were ready for a challenge.

I decided to work on smaller sums this first round so I had kids lay out the penguins from 1 to 5.

Grabbing one piece of winter clothing at a time, children solved the math problem and then placed it on the matching penguin:

4 + 1 = 5

And 2 + 3 = 5 too!


Each hat and pair of boots had a different math problem so it was a great reminder that there were many ways to get each number.


If you’re playing the game with a group, you could have each student choose a hat and a pair of boots.

Then call out a sum and invite the students who have the matching hat and boots to dress the penguin. The simple twist turns an ordinary math activity into a fun way to move around the room.


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