Gathering Activity: Read Penguin Books.
One of our little Mommy and Me friends LOVES all things penguin, and brought several fun penguin toys and books to share during our gathering time.
Circle Time: Antarctic Antics
We read the book Antarctic Antics:A Book of Penguin Poems by Judy Sierra during circle time. It is a cute collection of poems about penguins. There are simple riddles to figure out. Lots of fun scientific facts about penguins are shared in the pages, too. (Even the mommies learned lots of fun new things). It was the first time we had done a book of poetry at Mommy and Me, and the little ones seemed to like them a lot. The first poem is about the penguin hatching and the poems continue to follow the life of a penguin. I think the kids' favorite was one called "Regurgitate." It tells how a daddy penguin feeds his baby. We used one of the poems as a finger play as well. We counted penguins together. Afterward, I shared a cute song I found here.
I'm a Little Penguin
(sung to tune of "I'm a Little teapot.")
I'm a little penguin black and white,
I waddle to the left and I waddle to the right.
I cannot fly but I can swim, so I waddle to the water and jump right in!
Art: Paper Plate Penguins
We made these cute penguins together.
Olive Penguins and Penguin Cupcakes
These were really yummy treats we enjoyed together.
1-Penguin Shuffle: The children took turns waddling down the hall with a ball between their feet. They were pretending to carry eggs the way the that Daddy penguins do.
2-Iceberg Hop: Use white pillow cases and allow the children to hop from iceberg to iceberg. Then play musical icebergs, taking away one iceberg at a time until all of the children are sharing one iceberg in the end.
3-Feed the Penguin: The children threw bean bag "fish" into a box to feed the baby penguin.