Penguin Paparazzi


We love animals of all kind here at Oatland, so we left this continent to study penguins.  One of our fabulous animal keepers, Susan, was a penguin keeper at Sea World and helped us out with this theme.  She brought in feathers, eggs and lots of facts for us to study!

We learned how unique penguin feathers are and extra tough the eggs are.  Then we tried our foot at being a penguin parent.  Did you know that penguins incubate their eggs by balancing an egg on their feet and shuffling around so not to drop the eggs on the frigid cold ground?  Balancing an egg on your feet and walking around is very difficult as we learned with plastic easter eggs.

We read Penguin and Pinecone a friendship story by Salina Yoon:

penguin and pinecone

I made up a finger play activity that was pretty cute:

5 little penguins marching to the shore

            1 stopped to preen his tux

            And then there were 4…

4 little penguins waddling to the sea

            1 stopped to see the scene

            And then there were 3….

3 little penguins tobogganing on ice blue,

            1 rolled over and took a nap

            And then there were 2

2 little penguins, tralloping in the sun,

            1 stops to warm himself

            And then there was 1

1 little penguin can’t wait to have fun,

            Walks up to the icy hole

            SPLASH! Then there was none!

At the end of class we used our little fingers to make a sweet craft of penguins floating on an iceberg.  Check them out:





About Joy O' Nature

I am a naturalist on the education staff here at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. I earned a B.S. in Terrestrial Ecology with a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont. I recently received my MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Arizona. I have been a classroom science and environmental educator; instructing all ages from preschool to college, for most of my educated life.

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