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stART ~ Tacky the Penguin & some Family Fun! January 14, 2012

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Our Family Fun group reconvened this week after the holidays.  We had our biggest crew yet and had so much fun doing activities about PENGUINS!  We’d like to share our fun with you!



For our stART book/project Amy read us “Tacky the Penguin” by Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger.  The Tacky books are so cute.  This is the first in the series.  Tacky is a penguin who beats to his own drum.  In this story he tells how he saved the day when some hunters come to their land. 



For our art project we made penguins, of course.  I found the idea on Pintrest, which came from the blog Casa Camacho.  I had pre-cut all the pieces of the penguin (body/head, tummy, wings, beak and wiggly eyes).  The kids, along with the help of their parents, positioned the pieces on their penguin and then glued them on.  The last (and most fun) part of the project was making the penguin’s feet.  I think all the parents thought I was a little crazy to tackle this part of the project, but those kids did a fabulous job. (There was no paint on the tables, floor or chairs).  I had the kids place their hands in orange paint and put their handprints at the bottom of their penguin to make the feet. 



We had some more fun with penguins with these activities!



We played the Penguin Relay to burn off some energy.  The kids were divided into two teams (NOTE: it was not an easy task to get 9 preschool-aged kids into two lines! Much appreciation to all the preschool teachers out there!).  One at a time the kids would place a ball between their knees and waddle across the room and then run the ball back to the next person in line.  It was hilarious to watch!  I really should have taken a video of it. 


I’m a Little Penguin Song

(sung to the tun of I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a little penguin round and fat

Here is my beak, here is my hat.

Winter days are coming, hear me shout.

“Please don’t toss my mittens out!”


I’m a little penguin black and white

Short and wobbly, an adorable sight

I can’t fly at all, but I love to swim

So I’ll waddle to the water and dive right in.


I’m a little penguin on the ice

I think cold is very nice

I can hop around first once, then twice

I think ice is very nice



For our last activity we made penguin cupcakes.  I found this idea on Pintrest, which came from Family Fun magazine.  I think they turned out really cute!  Start with a cupcake frosted with white frosting.  Next, the penguin head and wings are made from halves of  Keebler Grasshopper cookies.  The eyes are made from mini M&Ms dipped in frosting so they stick to the cookie.  Last, the beak and feet are made from a cut up orange slice. 

It was a fun time!


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