Sunday, January 30, 2011

Antarctic Antics


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.   

Snack:  Olive Penguins and Penguin Cupcakes


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.



So many fun activities! My daughter loves penguins so we will definitely be trying out a few!


These are adorable ideas! I love the Mommy and Me class ideas here!


How fun!

Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

love those penguine cupcakes! I am doing a penguin theme after Valentine's day and I will have to use that - what a cute and yummy snack idea! Thanks so much for sharing!



I am visiting from Preschool Corner, I love your blog. I am adding you to my google reader. Thanks for such great ideas!!

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