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I have been focused on teaching my kids about polar animals this winter. After we did our recent Arctic animals unit, I decided it was time to turn our attention to the most famous animals of the Antarctic: penguins! I planned a series of penguin activities to teach several lessons about these adorable animals. I also used my kids’ interest in penguins to teach some basic math skills. This post shares all of the penguin-related activities we did on a recent morning.
We started off by watching two videos of penguins:
The kids loved watching the videos, and together we talked a lot about how the penguins keep the eggs and baby chicks on their feet and under their tummies to keep them warm. The kids were so fascinated by this.
We also read The Emperor’s Egg Big Book: Read and Wonder Big Book by Martin Jenkins.
One thing we learned from the videos and books was that the penguins living in Antarctica huddle together in the winter in order to stay warm. So I planned a little game to underscore that point.
I had some small penguins that I scattered around our living room.
penguins we had, but QBoy was still playing the role of daddy penguin and did not want to put them down as he didn’t want them to freeze. So we used polar bears instead. Using