Hello! I know I’ve been a bit M.I.A. here lately, but there’s a really good reason! I’m so busy!! I also know that I said no more pre-school posts on this site…but this was so much fun! It was one of those days when I had almost nothing planned, then all of a sudden it was all out penguin -palooza and three lessons tied together beautifully!
We started our day with a very short book featuring what I don’t think is even a penguin (maybe a puffin?) that is predictable and one of my kids’ favorites.
I had a free story on the KINDLE to go with that…two penguins reading a book about penguins…but it was a bit long-winded for my group. Well, for my son in particular. There is so much to play with in our room and he can’t stand right up to the book so he just doesn’t want to listen for long! I really wanted to tell them all about penguins, though! I was telling a mom that when she told me that if we went to a certain spot in the church there was an open guest wi-fi connection.
So we found the connection and watched a Nat-Geo movie instead! Bear in mind…where we needed to go was locked so I held the Kindle against the locked door to get the signal (maybe not the easiest viewing for the kiddos)…but it was still special and they loved it!
Then I asked them if they wanted to be penguins! Do you want to look like penguins? Do you want to slide down under the ice for fish? Do you want to march on slippery ice with an egg on your feet like a daddy penguin?
Of course they were all like, “Yeah!” Then I said, “Okay, then! Let’s go!” That got them! I wish you could have seen their faces! It was hypothetical in their heads! They looked at each other with excitement and confusion, then followed me to the nursery for the surprise ice world!
We colored masks. (All I had was regular copy paper, so I brought hole re-enforcers.)
We marched on the paper ice blocks to the water (slide) singing a short song…
Then I let them slide on their bellies under the ice (which is a big deal because I never let them go down headfirst…even though they try…a lot)!! They had so much fun!!!
They took turns grabbing construction paper fish from under the table-cloth. My daughter came out with a mouthful of fish then that was the thing! So I received some slobbery paper before they would go down for more.
We used the sheets of paper under our feet to slide on the carpet, attempted to balance a ball (egg) on our feet but that wasn’t happening, talked about how the daddies do that for two months with no food, and also about moving while keeping those eggs on their feet to find fresh snow to eat (which tied perfectly with our melting snow from two sessions ago)!
So the mask was supposed to be our project for the day but….I had black duct tape to secure the tablecloth to the slide, white hole re-enforcers for the masks, and an oil and water experiment already packed up that morning and thought, “Hey! I could use those vinegar bottles I’ve been hoarding to do the oil experiment and make them look like penguins!! So that’s what we did!
We filled squirt bottles with oil and blue died water, then the kids filled their re-purposed bottles that I already had mostly taped with black tape, leaving a window (which serves as the white of the penguins belly) to view the liquids. When their bottles were full (well, if you know 3 and 4 year olds, their bottles weren’t quite full, but I couldn’t convince them to add more) I ran a good amount of tape around the lid (creating the head) then they stuck on the white re-enforcers for eyes and taped on the beak and wings. I guess I hadn’t washed one of the bottles. I could smell the vinegar but didn’t worry about it. Then when it was time to try to shake the bottles to mix the oil and water (which is not supposed to work) the vinegar acted in my son’s bottle and he got an extra lesson in why his had a layer of froth between the oil and water when it settled…so now he can make vinaigrette.
So we talked about the oil coating that allows the penguins to not freeze in the water.
We had talked about polar bear fat the week before and did the ice water and fat glove experiment so it was easy for them to understand the importance of eating a lot before their turn in rearing the offspring.
When we left for the day it was windy and we had only put a small piece of tape at the top of the wings. The wind lifted the wings and my kids were excited that their penguins were trying to fly. So we got to talk about that, too! We had to take our penguins in Wal-Mart, let them ride the quarter car by the door, and tried to feed them chicken poppers, but of course penguins don’t eat chicken! Next time I’ll add some little foam fish to the water in their bellies, I just threw it together too fast today!!
Til Next time!