Here are a few of the activities we did our first day of our penguin theme:
First Little Red and her friend (who joins us for preschool) worked on this "Parts of a Penguin Paper" for their opening activity. I discussed with the girls what each word said and then I had them guess where to place the label on their paper.CLICK HERE to be taken to the post where you can download this paper for free.
For part of our Circle Time activities we sang this cute song above "I'm a Little Penguin" and I made up different actions for each line of the song. I then read them the book, National Geographic Kids Penguins! book (see below), and we talked all about penguins. This book is excellent and I highly recommend it. The photographs are lovely and the text is simple and interesting for children to listen to.
After we discussed the book I asked them what they learned about penguins and I recorded their responses above. When you are doing an activity like this it is important to make your child feel like every fact they share is so wonderful, even if they say things like "Some have polka dots on their stomachs".Casa Camacho. Casa Camacho has many wonderful ideas and tips for your home and family. CLICK HERE to go to the original post for this craft idea.
The girls favorite book was our Usborne Book "Hide and Seek Penguins". Each page has fun lift the flaps as well as fun textures you can touch and feel. Not to mention the story is cute and the illustrations are darling. When I went on my sister's Usborne book website, I don't think this book is in print right now. But I found a lot of other amazing penguin themed books that you could use. With Usborne Books, you just can't go wrong.
Another fun activity I wanted to share with you that we did this day was my "Mr. Penguin Page" that comes from my "My Winter Activity Book" that you can find in my Learn and Grow Designs Shop. The paper says, "Mr. Penguin is lonely and he needs some friends. Can you draw some friends to make Mr. Penguin Happy?" Isn't my youngest daughter's drawing of a penguin adorable on the left? She is only 5 years old. I think her penguin's face is so sweet!
Here is what the rest of the "My Winter Activity Book" looks like:
Now for the part I know you are going to be so excited about.