Penguins have always been a favorite of kids and adults as well. Their unique look, quirky personalities and adorable waddle sends their cuteness factor off the charts. So, it is not surprising that penguin-related toys are so popular. If looking for a gift, there is quite a variety of penguin merchandise to choose from for kids of all ages.
Plush Penguin Toys
There are numerous penguin plush toys available, from the realistic to cartoonish. You can also typically find plush characters from your child's favorite penguin movie. Keep in mind, that most plush toys are recommended for children ages 3 years and older due to parts on the plush that could detach and pose a choking hazard for infants or young children.
Giant Penguin - Lifelike Stuffed Animal by Melissa & Doug
The Melissa & Doug Giant Penguin is a lifelike stuffed animal with realistic, beautiful markings and stands nearly 2 feet tall. It is made of soft polyester fabric and carefully hand-crafted. It is recommended for ages 3 years and up and can be found on Blick for $30.
World Destination Nation Rainbow Penguin Stuffed Animal by Aurora
The Aurora World Destination Gray Penguin plush stands 13 inches tall and has a white face and belly with a dark gray body. It is adorable and perfect for playtime or snuggling at bedtime. This high-quality plush is for kids 3 years and up and can be purchased online and shipped through Target. The price is about $16.
The Penguins of Madagascar: 4 Piece Plush Set
If your child is a fan of the movies, Madagascar or The Penguins of Madagascar, then this would make the perfect gift. This is a 4-piece set that will give them the complete collection of penguin characters from the movie. The Penguins of Madagascar range in size from 8 inches to 11 inches tall. They are recommended for ages 3 years and older and can be found on Amazon for just over $48.00.
Penguin Toys Ideal for Toddlers
The following penguin toys are appropriate for toddlers:
Buckle Toy Blizzard Penguin
The Buckle Toy Blizzard Penguin is perfect for toddlers. It has 5 different types of buckles that are child-friendly and will help with early learning life skills. Your child will develop and strengthen their fine motor skills, problem-solving, hand/eye coordination and color recognition. It is 11 inches tall, decorated in bright colors, has a zipper pocket and will clip on a stroller, diaper bag or car seat. It can be found on Amazon and is priced at $24.99.
Mini Emperor Penguin Baby Finger Puppet by Folkmanis
This Mini Emperor Baby Penguin Finger Puppet is adorable and great fun for toddlers and children. It is 4 inches tall and comfortably slips over a finger. You can animate the puppet for storytelling, teaching, playing, etc. with your toddler. It is constructed from high-quality materials and has realistic details. It can be found on Amazon and costs $7.99.
Penguin Games for Kids
Penguin games are available for kids as young as 3-years-old. These include:
Penguins on Ice Puzzle Game
Penguins on Ice is a puzzle game of logic. It has 5 'pentomino' playing pieces that must be shape-shifted in order to solve. There are 60 challenges included in the game that range from easy to difficult. This game is for ages 6 and up and can be found at Walmart for $18.00.
Pengaloo by Blue Orange Games
Pengaloo is an awarding winning memory game for children ages 4 and up. You roll the dice and look under the penguins for matching colored eggs. You need to collect six penguins on your iceberg to win. The game will help develop memory and fine motor skills, color recognition and strategy. This can be found on Blue Orange Games' website and costs just under $30.
Don't Break the Ice Game
Don't Break the Ice is a great game for ages 3 and up. The object of the game is to keep Phillip the Penguin on top of the ice. You will tap out the blocks of ice with a small mallet and as the games go on the ice blocks give way and fall. The player who can keep Phillip from falling wins. This game can be found at Target and is normally priced at $14.99.
Penguin Odds and Ends
The following are a few more penguin toy options:
Giant Inflatable Penguin Bowling Set by Etna
The Giant Inflatable Penguin Bowling Set is great fun for all ages. This is an excellent way for your kids to get some exercise and improve their hand/eye coordination. The jumbo, oversized pieces help keep the game fair and enjoyable. It can be used for a kickball game as well. The inflatable pieces are made from high-quality, PVC plastic. There are six penguins. They each stand 27" high and 21" wide. The ball is 19" in diameter and has a stretchy fabric cover. This sells for $15.
Penguin Enclosure Building Set by Playmobil
The Penguin Enclosure Building Set encourages children to learn while they are having fun. The set includes one figure, two adult penguins, four baby penguins and more. You can also actually fill the enclosure with water. The set is recommended for ages 4 and older. It is available at Amazon starting at $40.
Jolly Penguin Race by PowerTRC
The Jolly Penguin Race is a mesmerizing, fun toy for kids ages 3 and older. The three jolly penguins climb the stairs and joyfully slide down the slope. It has cute penguins and plays fun, cheerful music. It is easy to assemble and very durable. 2AA batteries are required. It sells on Amazon for $22.
The Penguin Popper is an adorable penguin that launches soft foam balls out of his mouth when his belly is squeezed. The harder you squeeze, the further they go, even up to 20 feet. This toy includes the penguin, six soft foam balls and a carry net. It is safe for indoor and outdoor play and is recommended for kids ages 4 and up. It can be found at Walmart for just over $9.00.
Penguin Trend Will Continue
If you are looking for a gift or something special for your little one, a penguin-themed toy is always a safe bet because of their universal appeal. Not to mention, the variety is endless, and it is guaranteed that you will find a toy, game or puzzle that is appropriate for kids of any age.