Exploring penguins in preschool

I received our first set of Clifford the Dog Scholastic Classroom Magazines just in time to help us explore penguins…

Today’s magazine was all about penguins and as we read this issue, we discovered that we have lots in common with penguins. Penguins eat fish, walk in lines, jump and slide in the snow, huddle close together to keep warm, and take naps…

After reading our magazine, we did a little penguin role play!  We walked (waddled) in a line like penguins do…

And we huddled close together like penguins do to keep warm…

And then we took a nap – just like penguins do..

And then we woke up and sang the Hokey Pokey Penguin song and hunted for other pictures that start with the letter p…


I don’t use much in terms of “formal curriculum” in my classroom but I do like using these simple classroom magazines. They bring in lots of information that I most likely wouldn’t have otherwise known or had the photos to share. I love the wonderful pictures and simple words and the open-ended ways the magazines can be used…

A big shout out to Scholastics for sending me these fun new magazines to check out and use in my classroom!


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By |2012-01-12T21:44:10+00:00January 12th, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. andiejaye January 13, 2012 at 1:21 am - Reply

    yay! i get to comment first! what fun activities! have you ever played penguin ball? it’s where you put a small ball between your ankles and walk from point a to point b without it falling. ((like the penguin parents hold their eggs kinda)). it’s hilarious to watch the techniques that the kiddos use!

    those clifford magazines do sound neat! i’m guessing that they have to be ordered in bulk? right now we get highlights high five magazine and it jumpstarts some conversations! i love how you use so many different resources.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 13, 2012 at 1:28 am - Reply

      They come in sets. You need one set per child but you can order any number of sets:) I haven’t heard of that game!! I love it!

  2. Jackie January 13, 2012 at 11:45 am - Reply

    I sure wish there was a way to get these magazines for homeschool families without having to purchase a classroom pack of them. If anyone has an idea I would really appreciate it. I would love this issue with the penguin theme as we are doing winter/arctic themes this month. But I only have 3 kids to work with, and don’t need or want to spend the money for a classroom size package.

    I love your ideas and thank you for sharing them with us.

  3. Trisha January 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    I get these magazines too and have loved them! I save the big copies and reuse them sometimes and just don’t give the kids a copy. (Because I already did a few years ago!)

    I am 99% sure scholastic will sell those magazines at a single rate but you have to call. It will cost more per subscription, but I remember thinking I would do it if I were homeschooling. And I need to be cheap! It would be like a magazine subscription.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 13, 2012 at 11:34 pm - Reply

      I think they will too Trisha!

  4. lori January 17, 2012 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    i have used clifford for several years with my three year olds. it’s just perfect for our emerging language skills. convenient, finger-tip source of color photos and just-enough-facts for us. sometimes like trisha, i reuse big issues from past years, either as shared reading or just “to decorate” . deborah, i read your other post re: penguin day and am incorporating “abstract penguins” into our curriculum next week rather than my- oh- so- painstakingly – cut and so- very -teacher -directed- assembly penguins. abstract penguins are so much more child friendly / open ended. (one of my goals for program improvement was “losing me” and incorporating more “freedoms” for the blessins. thanks for the suggestion – you have such good ones.

  5. Denise DeLong January 27, 2012 at 8:02 am - Reply

    I used this Clifford magazine with my kids just yesterday! My kids were excited to comment, “Hey, we do that at our school!” I agree, these are a wonderful resources.

    Every other year I use the “Let’s Find Out” magazines, also by Scholastic.

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