Monday, January 21, 2013

Penguin Awareness Day!

Penguins on an ice floe, 1884
Artist Unknown
I’m a day late but I just found out that yesterday was Penguin Awareness Day! Yet, I was also a bit ahead of myself as a few weeks ago we celebrated penguins at the Whales, Tales and Sails program at the New Bedford Whaling Historic Park.

We had a great time! I wore black and white that day and of course we had a penguin parade, waddling like penguins and hopping from ice flow to ice flow.  Here are some of the fun things we did that day. I located these songs and fingerplays on many sites throughout the Internet, without attribution. Feel free to use them in your work.


I used this along with a flannel board. The children had fun counting along.

Six Little Penguins

Six little penguins off an iceberg did dive,
One bumped his head and then there were five.

Five little penguins swam the ocean floor,
One saw a whale, and then there were four.

Four little penguins twirled around, WHEE!
One spun off and then there were three.

Three little penguins with nothing to do,
One went fishing and then there were two.

Two little penguins having lots of fun,
One slid away and then there was one.

One little penguin when the day was done,
Went home to sleep and then there was none.


Penguin Action Song (Tune: I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a little penguin (penguin walk)
In the sea (arms make waves)
I can swim (pretend to swim)
As fast as can be (faster)
When I catch a fish (pretend to grab a fish)
Just look at me
I’m as proud as can be (stand up proudly)

I’m a little penguin (penguin walk)
On the ice (point to ground)
I think cold (point to head)
Is very nice (wrap arms around chest)
Then I hop around first once, (hop)
Then twice (hope twice)
Yes, I think ice is very nice (nod head & smile)

Waddling Penguins

Penguins, penguins having fun.
Waddling in the winter sun.
Waddling fast and waddling slow.
Waddling to and waddling fro.
Penguins, penguins having fn,
Waddling in the winter sun.


If You’re a Penguin and You Know It (Tune: If You’re Happy and You know It)

If you’re a penguin and you know it flap your wings (flap your wings)
If you’re a penguin and you know it flap your wings
If you’re a penguin and you know and you really want to show it
If you’re a penguin and you know it flap your wings!

If you’re a penguin and you know it waddle your feet (waddle around)
If you’re a penguin and you know it eat a fish (yum yum)
If you’re a penguin and you know it go for a swim (swimming motions)
If you’re a penguin and you know it splash around (splashing motions)


Little Penguin’s Tale by Audrey Wood – The children loved this story, filled with vibrant illustrations.

Additional Books
A Penguin Year by S.  Bonner
Cinderella Penguin by Janet Perlman
Cuddly Dudley by Jez Alborough
Penguin Pete by Marcus Pfister
Penguin Pete, Ahoy by Marcus Pfister
Penguin Pete and Pat by Marcus Pfister
Penguin Pete's New Friends by Marcus Pfister
The Penguins Are Coming! by R. Penney
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Leister
Three Cheers for Tacky by Helen LeisterBook list found at


The Best Ideas for Kids – 15 Adorable Penguin Crafts for Kids

Penguin Craft made
during lapsit program – This was the penguin craft the children made. It was so cute and easy for them to do. This craft is no longer on the freekidscrafts website but I was able to find the template on the Wayback Machine. Here is the link. – Ninety-five penguin coloring pages. You are sure to find something you love! – Penguin Toilet Paper Roll Craft


National Geographic for Kids – Animal facts: Fun penguin facts for kids.

Planning the Perfect Penguin Unit With Common Core

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