Printable Penguin Coloring Sheets and Facts for Kids

Michele Meleen
Gentoo penguins on an iceberg

Kids love penguins because they are cute and fun to watch. Brighten your day with these lively penguin coloring pages and fun facts that will have you dreaming about the adorable creatures.

Penguin Pages to Color

To print either of the following coloring pages, please be sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader. If you don't have it, you can download it for free from the Adobe site. Once you're ready to print, click on the link in the coloring page, and then hit ctrl + p to print your page. If you have any trouble, check the Adobe Guide for tips and tricks.

Penguin With Baby

Color a day in the life of a baby penguin with this penguin family picture featuring a mom and baby waving to another penguin across the water.

Diving Penguins

Have fun playing with penguins as you color a line of them waiting to dive off the ice into the frigid water.

Fun Facts About Penguins

There are more than 18 species of penguins in the world. Some you can see at local zoos or aquariums, but others you'll have to look for in educational videos or take a trip around the world.

Penguin Habitat Facts

While penguins live in lots of different places around the world, they all live near oceans.

  • Male Rockhoppers return to their same nesting site on the same day each year.

  • Chinstrap and macaroni penguins have the largest populations of any penguin species.

  • All penguins are native to the world's Southern Hemisphere.

  • Most penguins do not live in Antarctica.

  • Galapagos penguins live near the world's equator.

  • Penguins use the sun to help guide them back to breeding areas.

Facts About Penguin Diets

All penguins are carnivores that feast on seafood.

  • Gentoo, macaroni, Adélie, and chinstrap penguins mostly eat krill.
  • King, royal, and emperor penguins eat mostly squid and fish.
  • King penguins only look for food every two weeks.
  • African penguins eat mostly anchovies and sardines.
  • Sharks and sea lions are the most common penguin predators.
  • The whole population of Adélie penguins eats about 1.5 billion kilograms of krill in a year.
  • Penguin tongues are spiny to help them catch slippery sea creatures to eat.

Facts About Baby Penguins

Baby penguins are sweet little balls of fluff that need a lot of care from their parents.

  • Baby Adélie penguins are at risk of hypothermia because they haven't developed waterproof feathers yet.
  • In 2017 only two Adélie penguin chicks survived a breeding season from over 18,000 breeding pairs.

  • It can take a penguin chick three days to get out of their shell.

  • A "pip" is when a baby penguin pokes the first hole in their eggshell.

  • When King penguins are born they are completely naked.

  • A group of partially grown chicks is called a crèche.

Penguin Love Facts

Penguins are known to choose one mate that they pair up with year after year.

  • Some penguins form same-sex pairs instead of a male-female pair.

  • Unlike other animal pairs, females fight for their choice of male.

  • Many male penguins build a nesting site to attract a partner.

  • Southern Rockhopper penguin couples only spend about 20 to 30 days per year together even though they mate for life.

  • Most penguins don't begin breeding until they are five years old.

  • Penguins bow at each other to strengthen their bond.

  • Gentoo penguins pair up with the same partner each year 90 percent of the time.

Emperor Penguin Facts

As the largest type of penguins, Emperor penguins can be as tall as a 5-year-old child.

Emperor Penguin
  • An adult can weigh up to 88 pounds.
  • Mothers take a hunting trip immediately after laying an egg that can last up to two months.
  • While mothers are out hunting, the fathers don't eat anything.
  • They can stay underwater for 20 minutes.
  • Adults can dive 1,850 feet into the sea.
  • Emperor penguins look cute, but they are carnivores.
  • A group of emperors is called a colony.

Silly Penguin Fun

Penguins are one of those creatures that are fun to watch and think about. Try walking and eating like a penguin after finishing the coloring pages to get an even closer look into penguin life.

Printable Penguin Coloring Sheets and Facts for Kids