Sunday, January 9, 2011

Penguins A-Plenty

Did you know the only land animals in Antarctica are penguins and seals (and occasionally people)?  Eva is a huge penguin fan so she is thrilled that we have been reading more about her little web-footed friends.
Crafts
Penguin Footprints- we made these last year too but this year they will be used as thank you cards for Eva's recent penguin themed birthday party

Shape Penguin- we'll be creating some different penguins from various shapes and colors

Feather Painting- this is always a fun activity!

Life-Size Penguin- we'll turn an outline of Eva into a giant Emperor penguin

Activities
Penguin Waddling- can you walk like a penguin?  can you walk with an egg on your feet?

Rock Hopping- another activity we did last year only this year we will take it outside

Hide the Penguins- Eva got a penguin Toob for her birthday and the first thing she asked to do when she opened it was to hide them so this game will be played a lot!

Songs
I'm a Little Penguin (to the tune of I'm a Little Teapot) by Victoria Smith

I'm a little penguin, short and fat
Wearing my tixedo without any hat
I live in Antarctica where I splash and play
Whales, sharks and leopard seals make me run away.

Have You Ever Seen a Penguin? (to the tune of Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?)

Have you ever seen a penguin, a penguin, a penguin
Have you ever seen a penguin swim this way and that?
Swim this way and that way and that way and this way
Have you ever seen a penguin swim this way and that?

(change out swim for waddle, slide, hop, etc and act out as you sing)

Books
Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere! If You Were a Penguin Where Is Home, Little Pip? Don't Be Afraid, Little Pip A Mother's Journey Penguins! Your Personal Penguin (Boynton on Board) 365 Penguins National Geographic Readers: Penguins! Penguin Sergio Makes a Splash Penguins Strange and Wonderful Lost and Found My Penguin Osbert: Midi Edition And Tango Makes Three The Emperor Lays an Egg Penguins at Home: Gentoos of Antarctica Puffins Climb, Penguins Rhyme How Big Is A Million? (Picture Books) 

3 comments:

  1. Fun! I just put a penguin craft up at NaturallyEducational.com and I'm planning on posting a list of penguin books later this week.

    Sounds like you are having a lot of fun with penguins!

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  2. What great activities -- love all the book recommendations too! :-)

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