Penguin Preschool

During our winter unit we have also been learning about polar animals.  Last week we spent a lot of time talking and reading about penguins. Here are a few of our favorite non-fiction finds:

i am not a fan of the illustrations but the boys
enjoyed it

great photos and facts presented in a
way that is easy for children to relate
 to and comprehend.

amazing pictures and tons of information  

We also crafted some of our own penguins.

supplies: two potatoes, knife, foam brushes, black & white paint,
google eyes, orange triangles, blue paper

cut potatoes as shown

1- paint oval shape potatoes black

2 - make prints
*we did not, but you can use the wedges you cut from the top to
 make the wings

3 -let black paint dry then paint circle shape potatoes
white and add bellies
4 - finish by adding eyes and an orange triangle beak

big buddies penguins

mini man's penguins

The activity the boys enjoyed the most is a game we call Peek-a-boo Penguin. It's pretty simple - they would close their eyes and count to ten while I hid a penguin. My original plan was to use a penguin from our winter sensory bin but he had gone missing so I taped a picture of a penguin to a toy block instead.

some of the penguin's hiding places

after the boys got the hang of the game i let them
hide the penguin. big buddy came up with some
pretty good hiding places - mini man always chose
to hide penguin in his hand :) 

We also practiced walking like penguins - the boys kept cheating so I tied their legs together.

Here's a short video of the penguin walk. 



  1. Your potato penguins are adorable! I just pinned them!

    Criss-Cross Applesauce

  2. i love the potato stamping idea! My kids will love painting penguins that way!

  3. What an adorable craft.....and absolutely adorable kids! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I LOVE your week on Penguins - WHAT FUN!!!! I hope you'll come link it up this week at TGIF =-)
    Have a GREAT weekend,

  5. What a fun theme and learning activities. Thank you for sharing on Monday Madness.


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