Penguin storytime 12-14-16

By Awnali Mills

Before the week gets any older, I wanted to post my penguin storytime this week.  This wasn’t a one-shot deal this week.  Nope.  I did this one three times.  AND, had a cold on top of it.  My voice is a teensy bit thrashed.

The books I chose for this week were Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester, and If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor.

Biscuit brought us the letter P, and a mama and baby penguin.  Then we waddled and sang Did You Ever See a Penguin

Did you ever see a penguin, a penguin, a penguin?
Did you ever see a penguin waddle this way and that?
Waddle this way and that way, waddle this way and that way
Did you ever see a penguin waddle this way and that?

Then we read Tacky the Penguin.  My voice is pretty raspy, so I had the growly hunters down pat, and had no trouble making Tacky sound as squawky and horrible as possible.  You know it’s good if kids are wincing!

Then, I handed out printed, laminated penguins with numbers on them.  Then, I called out the numbers and had kids bring me their penguins.  We put them in order on the board and then counted them all together, getting in some good ordering math skills.

Then, it was Bouncy Blue’s Head Shoulders, Knees and Toes for a rollicking good dance.  We sat down and read If You Were a Penguin, and then talked about what we could do that the penguins could do.

Next, we did the finger play, Two Little Penguins.

Two little penguins sitting on the ice (hold up two fingers)
One bows once, the other bows twice (made index fingers bow)
Waddle little penguins. Waddle away. (put fingers behind back)
Come back penguins. Time to play! (bring fingers to the front)
Credit: King County Library System

Then it was back to Bouncy Blue for La La La.  I handed out shakers, and we shook them, flew with them, and jumped with them.

To finish up, I did the flannel Six Little Penguins.

Six little penguins off an iceberg did dive,
One bumped her head, then there were five.
Five little penguins swam the ocean floor,
One saw a whale, then there were four.
Four little penguins twirled around, whee!
One spun off, then there were three.
Three little penguins in the ocean blue,
One swam to shore, then there were two.
Two little penguins having lots of fun,
One slid away, then there was one.
One little penguin, when day was done,
Went home to sleep, then there were none.

by Nancy Smith

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