Penguins, penguins, penguins!

Say it Rah-shay By Apr 22, 2009 No Comments

For four years Pennsylvania has run a program called One Book, Every Young Child. Each year a picture book is chosen that will be shared with every child across the state of PA. This program highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers ages 3 to 6. The books chosen have been Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by Lindsay Barrett George, A Splendid Friend Indeed by Suzanne Bloom (who is a wonderful, wonderful person!), Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayers and then this year’s selection, the delightful If You Were a Penguin* by Wendell and Florence Minor.

All of us children types from Delco met with our resource person for training and to be introduced to the traveling trunk that accompanied the book. (Aside, for those not in the know, check out your library for resources. We are not just books!)

For my library I decided that I was going to do a storytime/program. I classify the following as a program because it required a bit more cleanup!

If You Were a Penguin Program
Storytime warm-ups (the norm with a few penguin buzz words!)

Penguin Day
Antarctica Antics by Judy Sierra (they especially liked Regurgitate)
Penguins Can’t Fly
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
Quickly, Quigley!
If You Were a Penguin (la da di dal di da da!)
There were a few others but I can’t find my planner as I type)

Activity stations
Iceberg Hop
-White construction paper cut out to replicate icebergs
-Fish cutouts
-stuffed penguin

Each kid must hop from iceberg to iceberg picking up fish to feed the penguin baby.

Penguin Relays
-Small stuffed animals

Each child must keep the baby penguin warm by carrying it on their feet like father penguins.

There were lost of decapitated, cold penguins.

Items used from the traveling trunk:
Puzzles and Games:


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