Penguins – Preschool Storytime

Winter is a fine time to celebrate penguins!  Though I’ve done a penguins theme with my infant and toddler groups, this was my first time doing a penguin storytime with the preschoolers.  What took me so long — it went really well!  I think this theme works better with this age group.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song

MOVEMENT: “Can’t Wait to Celebrate” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem by Jim Gill

Turtle's Penguin Day by Gorbachev
Turtle’s Penguin Day by Valeri Gorbachev

Penguin Went Over the Iceberg
Penguin Went Over the Iceberg Flannelboard
Idea Storytime Katie

(to tune of: “The Bear Went Over the Mountain”)

The penguin went over the iceberg
The penguin went over the iceberg
The penguin went over the iceberg
to see what he could see.
But all that he could see
But all that he could see
The other side of the iceberg
The other side of the iceberg
The other side of the iceberg
was all that he could see.

Waddling Penguins
(to tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”)
Penguins, penguins having fun
Wadding in the shining sun
Waddling fast and waddling slow
Waddling to and waddling fro.
Penguins, penguin having fun
Waddling in the shining sun.

Penguin and Pinecone by Yoon

Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon

MOVEMENT: “Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi

Pippa’s Penguin
Pippa's Penguin Flannelboard
Pattern and story from Susan M. Dailey.  Find it here.

Antarctic Antics DVD
“A Hatchling’s Song” through “Pengun’s First Swim” from Antarctic Antics on Antarctic Antics …and More Hilarious Animal Stories!

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over

Sergio Makes a Splash by Rodriguez Cuddly Dudley by Alborough If You Were a Penguin by Minor Playful Little Penguins by Mitton
Book: Sergio Makes a Splash! by Edel Rodriguez
Book: Cuddly Dudley by Jez Alborough
Book: If You Were a Penguin by Wendell & Florence Minor
Book: Playful Little Penguins by Tony Mitton


As I mentioned in my intro, I think the penguin theme worked a lot better with preschoolers than it has with a younger crowd.  There are just better books for an older age range.  Turtle’s Penguin Day worked really well, especially since I read that one first.  Penguin and Pinecone inspired a lot of “awww”s from the audience.  It really is a sweet story, and I love the illustrations for it.  I feel like I could probably do more with my presentation to make “The Penguin Went Over the Mountain” flannelboard more interesting, but it’s a fun song and the kids and parents sing along when we do it twice in a row.  “Pippa’s Penguin” was a really good one and the kids laughed a lot — I just need to remember not to drag my into to that story out for very long, so that I can get to putting up the penguins.  I do need to outline my penguin in white though so that it shows up on our black flannelboard.

ATTENDANCE: 29 (adults and children)