We don’t have snow, but we like to pretend we do in as many ways as possible. This simple penguin sensory play salt tray was so easy to put together, and the kids loved making it “snow” for the penguins. It was a fabulous addition to our penguin theme activities.
Easy Penguin Salt Tray
GET A FULL WEEK OF PENGUIN THEME ACTIVITIES IN OUR PRESCHOOL PENGUIN LESSON PLANS
- Penguin Toob
- Epsom salt
- Blue glass gems
- Container-ours is the base of a cake carrier that we have, but whatever you have will work just fine.
My girls adore penguins, so the moment they saw this invitation sitting out one morning they decided to dive right in. Tinker “helped” all the penguins dig for treasure. I had to laugh at all their little penguin bodies sticking out of the “snow.”
After a while Lovey couldn’t stand it anymore, and she had to rescue them.
Salt trays can be very soothing. Both of the girls sat for a long time letting the salt flow through their hands so that it could “snow” on the penguins.
And when they were done Tinker sweetly put them all to bed with a kiss and squish face first into the snow. 😉
Remember to grab some penguin books to read along with playtime. Our penguin book list includes ficton and nonfiction book suggestions, plus a free printable with the book list and a writing activity sheet.
Visit the other sites participating in the Winter Play Days series to find more fun ways to play.
Winter Wonderland Small World from Buggy and Buddy
Snowed in? Make Snow Cream! from Nothing if Not Intentional
Winter Train Play in the Snow from Play Trains!
Winter Forest Small World from My Nearest and Dearest
Cookie Cutter Snowman Art from Fun-A-Day!
PRINTABLE PENGUIN THEME LESSON PLANS
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. We have a variety of lesson plan sets that work well as winter themes. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
Watch this short video to see just a few examples of the types of activities and printables included in this set:
This set currently includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
- Fish Pattern Cards (in color and b/w)
- Iceberg Shape Mats and Iceberg Penguin Shape Matching Game (in color and b/w)
- If We Were Penguins Class Book Covers and Page Templates
- Penguin Color Matching Mats and Color Fish to Sort (in color and b/w)
- Uppercase Adult Penguin and Lowercase Chick Letter Matching Set (in color and b/w)
- Iceberg Penguin Name Hop Activity with Editable Penguin Name Plates (in color and b/w)
- Build an Iceberg Counting Activity Number Cube (in color and b/w)
- Penguin Ten-Frames Pre-Filled with 1-10 (in color and b/w)
- Blank 10 and 20 Frames (in color and b/w)
- Penguin Numbers 1-20 (in color and b/w)
- Penguin Vocabulary Cards (in color and b/w)
- Penguin Science Journal (in color and b/w)
- Real Penguin Photos
GET YOUR LESSON PLANS
Also available on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Such a fun small world — I love the idea of using salt! I’m featuring it in our ‘How Pretend Play leads to Science Exploration for Discover & Explore this week 🙂
Katie @ Gift of Curiosity
Love your penguin salt tray! I can just see kids spending a lot of time making it “snow” on the penguins. Pinning!
Ann @ My Nearest and Dearest
This looks fantastic, Shaunna! Makes me want to play too. 🙂
Samantha @ Stir the Wonder
We love playing with our penguins toob! I would have never thought to play with epsom salt! I think I have some stashed away somewhere- this will be our next penguin play idea! Thanks for the idea!
Rachael @ Nothing if Not Intentional
Would you believe me if I told you we’ve never played with Espom salt? So cool, Shaunna! I love the way you used it as a snow substitute!
What a fun sensory and small world play set up, Shaunna! I am going to have to try this in preschool soon . . . maybe next week! 🙂 I also adore how Tinker put the penguins to bed . . . I’m still cracking up.
Awww, this is so fun! I love the idea of using salt as a play medium. We’ll have to try it out soon!
Jessica @ Play Trains!
I love this! Between the gems and the salt, it’s so sparkly and pretty, and it looks like so much fun. Hooray for Winter Play Days!