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These whale activities for preschoolers will help your preschoolers and kindergarteners work on several important skills.
These whale themed worksheets are perfect for adding to your whale theme, your ocean theme, or your Jonah and the Whale theme.
Because they’re print-and-go, these free printables are perfect for busy homeschool moms and preschool teachers alike.
I love when one activity can be used to practice many different skills. This activity pack does just that.
Each of these worksheets was designed with preschoolers in mind, but they can be used with kindergarten and early elementary students, as well.
To prepare these worksheets, just print them out and you’re all set. In order to complete them all, you’ll also need the following supplies on hand:
- items for decorating the whale: stickers, tissue paper and glue stick, paint, etc.
• Connect the dots: Connect the dots from 1-30. Students can color the whale when they finish, if they’d like. This activity is great for working on number recognition, number order, and fine motor skills.
You can make this page reusable by laminating it or slipping it into a dry erase pocket. Then, children can complete the activity with a dry erase marker.
• Whale Maze: Trace a path from the “in” arrow to the “out” arrow. This activity strengthens your child’s concentration, logical reasoning, and motor skills.
This is another worksheet that you can make reusable with lamination or a dry erase pouch.
• Decorate the whale: This open-ended activity is the perfect opportunity for kids to express their creativity. Provide a wide variety of resources for your kids to choose from. You could give your little ones stickers, dot markers, ink pads (for thumbprints), etc.
• Trace the whale: Trace the dashed line. Children can then color the whale if they’d like. Tracing lines helps kids work on concentration and fine motor skills.
You can laminate this page and have kids use a dry erase marker to complete it, if you’d like.
• Scissor practice: Color the whale and cut it out on the dotted line. This activity gives young children an opportunity to strengthen motor skills as they practice cutting out the whale.
• Whale puzzle: There are quite a few ways you can use this page with your little ones. I suggest printing it on colored paper and laminating it for durability. I would also precut this puzzle for your kids.
- Print two copies. Use one as a master, and cut apart the other one. Have kids match the pieces to assemble the puzzle.
- Put a magnet on the back of each piece and have kids assemble the whale on a whiteboard, refrigerator, or a cookie sheet.
PRESCHOOL BOOKS ABOUT WHALES
Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about whales. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
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The Snail and the Whale – When a tiny snail meets a humpback whale, the two travel together to far-off lands. It’s a dream come true for the snail, who has never left home before. But when the whale swims too close to shore, will the snail be able to save her new friend?
If I Were a Whale – Toddlers will love learning about whales swimming in the deep blue sea in this beautifully illustrated board book that shares simple whale facts in an imaginative way.
Dale the Whale – On his way to meet the Queen for some tea, Dale the Whale runs into so much company! Kids will love Dale and his silly sidekick Ron the Prawn in this touching tale about taking the time to help friends in need.
More Whale Fun
Toddlers will strengthen fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination with this whale chomp bathtub toy.
These adorable stacking whales will help preschoolers practice matching numerals and number words.
Little ones will love making music while strengthening motor skills as they pound on this wooden whale bench and xylophone.
What else can you add to your whale lesson plans?
• Choose a fun whale movie to watch with your kids. It can be a nonfiction whale movie that teaches about different types of whales. Or, you can watch a fun fiction video with sweet or funny whale characters.
• Read some fun whale books with your preschoolers. Again, you can read nonfiction books or fiction stories. Your goal is to engage your little ones in a fun reading time.
• Play a fun whale game to practice letter recognition, motor skills, and more!
• Incorporate the story of Jonah and the Whale while you’re teaching whales to your little ones.