Penguin Story Time

First, I found a coloring page via Google Images to print off for the children to color and printed off enough copies for all to work on as they came in to help calm them down and get them ready for story time. Here’s the image I used: (It worked best for me to turn it horizontal and print it at 90% sizing so that it would all fit on the page adequately.)


Hello Song (Tune: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way we wave hello, wave hello, wave hello.

This is the way we wave hello,

Hello, hello, hello!

This is the way we clap hello…

This is the way we tap hello…


Hello! Today we’re going to be talking about penguins! Have you ever been to the zoo and seen a penguin? What do they look like? How tall are they? Does anyone know what they eat? Lets read a story to find out if our answers are right!

1st Book:

The Emperor’s Egg by Martin Jenkins


Five Little Penguins (Found on Pinterest:
Five little penguins waddling around,

the snow was slippery and one fell down…


…in the water to play.

Four little penguins waddling today!

(Continue all the way down to zero.)

No little penguins waddling today.

The snow is slippery but none fell down…


…in the water to play.

Five little penguins swimming today!

(I really recommend watching her amazing video that I linked to above, I wish my singing voice was that good!)

I made a flannel board activity out of this by printing out 5 wallet sized pictures of this link: and then I cut them out and pasted little flannel circles to the backs of the pictures so that they’d stick to the flannel board. It was a shortcut from making them myself, but they were so cute!

2nd Book:

Plenty of Penguins by Sonia W. Black

(A Hello Reader! Level 1 Science book)

2nd Song or Fingerplay:

I’m a Little Penguin  (Found on Pinterest:

(Tune: I’m a Little Teapot)

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 didn’t have an actual activity today besides playing with the flannel board and making up more rhymes. There were several cute penguin crafts on Pinterest, but I had a snack this time of snack crackers shaped like penguins for them to eat and I used them for a counting activity. (Everyone count out 3 penguins… 1 – 2 – 3! Now try 5 penguins…)


Goodbye Song (Tune: The Farmer in the Dell)

We wave goodbye like this.

We wave goodbye like this.

We clap our hands for all our friends.

We wave goodbye like this.


Hello and Goodbye songs borrowed from


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