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BLAST Early Learning


If You Were a Penguin
by Wendell and Florence Minor
Pictures and rhyming text present some of the many extraordinary things penguins can do.
(Includes facts about penguins as well as
related websites)


Where is Home, Little Pip
by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
After Little Pip the penguin gets lost she meets a whale, a kelp gull, and sled dogs who cannot help her, but with the aid of her family's song, home finds her.


Open-ended Questions for If You Were a Penguin:
  • If you were a penguin, what would you do?
  • What can penguins do that you cannot do?
  • What can you do that penguins cannot do?

Penguin Songs and Chants:


“Penguin March” (
Military Chant—Children repeat each line after teacher

I’m a penguin black and white
I can’t fly but that’s all right
I’ve got feathers that’s not fur
And I lay eggs like other birds

Penguin, 1,2
Penguins, 3,4
Penguins, 5, 6, 7, 8
They’re great!

I just swim to get my meals
But I watch out for leopard seals.
I’m from the south as you may know
And now it’s time for me to go.(repeat chorus)


Penguin Shuffle (

Penguins shuffle shuffle to the left, left, left
Penguins shuffle shuffle to the right, right, right
Give a little wiggle
Give a little hop
Waddle round the iceberg
Never want to stop


Penguin Song  (Tune: The Ants Go Marching) (

Penguins waddle all day long, Hurrah, Hurrah! 
Penguins waddle all day long, Hurrah, Hurrah! 
They only stop to take a swim and when they're done, they waddle again
The penguins waddle around, and around, and around, and around


Vocabulary Word:

duet: n.  a song sung by two singers

“You could fly underwater or sing a duet.” (taken from If You Were a Penguin by Wendell & Florence Minor)




Math: Measuring Penguins

Look up the heights of each different kind of penguin.  Using bulletin board paper draw life-sized penguins and post them on the wall.  Let children measure themselves against the
penguins and see if they are taller or shorter than each of the penguins.

  1. The emperor penguin is the largest of all living penguins, standing at 3.7 feet.
  2. The smallest of the penguins is the fairy penguin, standing just 16 in.


Art: Black and White Collage

Materials needed:

  • Full sheets of black and white
    construction paper
  • Black and white construction paper cut into a variety of shapes, strips, and sizes
  • Glue stick
  • A paper penguin cutout, black on one side (back) and white on the other (belly)


  • Use black and white paper to create a design.
  • Demonstrate the way a penguin uses camouflage with the paper penguin.
  • Show it swimming over a piece of black water paper, black back on top, then swimming against a white sky paper, white belly down.
    Compare—what would happen if a penguin swam on its back? Which penguin would be easier to see?

Science: Penguin Cam

Watch real penguins in action by connecting to the internet.

Materials needed:

  • An internet-connected computer that can be viewed by all
  • A writing board or easel for jotting down impressions

Visit the Central Park Zoo at
Feeding time is 10:30am and 2:30 pm.
(Note: broadcast starts with an advertisement)
Monterey Bay Aquarium at
Feeding time is 10:30 am Pacific Time or 1:30 pm EST.
Be sure to test your new penguin knowledge with The Penguin Quiz!



Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere!
by Bob Barner
Color illustrations and rhyming text describe the life of penguins.



Turtle's Penguin Day by Valeri Gorbachev
After hearing a bedtime story about penguins, Turtle dresses as a penguin for school and soon the entire class is having a penguin day.


Tacky the Penguin
by Helen Lester; illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
Tacky the penguin does not fit in with his sleek and graceful companions, but his odd behavior comes in handy when hunters come with maps and traps.


Sergio Makes a Splash by Edel Rodriguez
Even though he loves water, Sergio the penguin is afraid to swim in the deep water until he learns how.