This darling picture book is sure to be a hit with your little ones! It's such a fun story about friendship lost and then found again. There is something about penguins that just makes me smile! The activites that we chose to go along with this book are super fun and educational!
What you will need:
- Orange, White and Black Paper
- Black paint
- Paper Plate
- Wiggly Eyes
- Chocolate Chips
- Reeses Pieces
- Edible Eyes
- Rubber Gloves
Activity #1...Penguin Shapes
Talk about a super easy and fun way to create the cutest little penguins! These darling penguins are a great way to teach your little all about shapes. I printed these shapes off in black and white and cut them out. I flipped them over and glued the white side up to black construction paper. Now just cut a black outline around each shape. Last of all just take a orange sheet of paper and cut out a nose and feet for each shape. I bought the little wiggly eyes at Michael's but they would be really easy to draw. I love using them as flash cards...show your little one a penguin and talk about what shape it is!
Activity #2...Frozen Banana Penguins
Aren't these frozen banana penguins the cutest snack you've ever seen?! The night before I made them I cut a banana in half and put it in the freezer. I took about 1/4 a bag of chocolate chips and melted them. You just dip your frozen banana in the chocolate and stick your edible eyes and Reese's Pieces (cut in half) on. The chocolate will harden pretty quick so have our eyes and nose ready to go before you dip. These penguins are crazy easy to make and are sure to be the highlight of your little ones day!
Activity #3...Penguin Writing or Coloring Sheet
For this activity I wanted to give you two choices depending on how old your little one is. In this darling book the little boy tells the penguin stories to pass the time as they are rowing to the South Pole. You can ask your little one to tell you a story that they would tell the penguin if they were on a boat rowing to the South Pole. The penguin on the left can be used to write down the story they tell you...a keepsake for sure! The penguin on the right is a coloring page which is perfect for any age.
Activity #4...Paper Plate Penguin
I sure love paper plate crafts! This one can probably go down in the books as one of the easiest! Have your little one paint the back of the paper plate black. When they are done just turn it over and fold the 2 sides in and then fold the top down. Cut out the nose and feet and glue them on along with the wiggly eyes. There you have it...the cutest paper plate penguin ever!
Activity #5...Arctic Living
This is the perfect way to talk to your little one about where penguins live. Depending on how old your muchkin is you can do one of two things. For the tiny littles you can grab a bowl and put ice water in it. Have them put their hand in the bowl and feel how cold it would be to live in the arctic. Talk to them about where penguins live. For your child that is a little bit older you can take it up a notch and talk to them about how penguins can can survive in such cold temperatures. Have them stick their bare hand in the ice water and feel how cold it is. Now have them make a fist and slide it into a plastic glove (their fingers don't need to be in the finger holes). Slide a glove on your hand and cover your little ones hand in shortening. Now cover their fat covered hand with plastic wrap. Have your little one put their hand back in the water. They will be amazed at how they cant feel how cold the water is. Cleanup is super easy, all you have to do is slide the glove off and throw it away. Such a fun way to teach your little one how penguins can survive in such cold conditions!