More fun with penguins in preschool

Yesterday I shared with you our fun penguin exploration with the help of our Scholastic Classroom Magazine.  We then extended our penguin exploration into a combined fine motor and waterplay activity as well as a simple creative art activity…

We discovered that Penguins use their beaks to pick up and eat fish so we did a little penguin-like fishing of our own. The children used wooden tongs as their penguin beaks to pick up rubber fish and to then move the fish from one water tub to another…

I added blue food color to the water and the children explored the fish tubs off and on throughout the entire morning time in centers…

At the art center, the children sponge-painted penguin collages or you could also call their painting “abstract penguin art”…

The children dipped sponges in black and white paint to make the black and white body of their penguins…

Once the children were satisfied with their painting, they then glued on the penguin beak, flippers, and some googly eyes…

Every penguin was uniquely made!

Here are a few of our completed pieces of penguin artwork…

And of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without reading “Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester.”

Miss Abby read this book earlier in the day and the children loved it…

Super fun penguin day!

By |2012-01-13T07:00:04+00:00January 13th, 2012|

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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. Jennifer January 13, 2012 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Very cute ideas!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 13, 2012 at 8:38 am - Reply

      Thank you Jennifer:)

  2. Jen@Creative and Curious Kids! January 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    I love teaching about Penguins. They are such interesting creatures and fun for little ones to learn about. Cute painting activity.


    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 13, 2012 at 11:35 pm - Reply

      I love penguins too! We had a guest come the same day and bring other animals but the kids kept wanting to know “Did you bring a penguin?” LOL!

  3. Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam January 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Those are the cutest penguins I have ever seen! Love how each child made his own unique penguin.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 13, 2012 at 11:33 pm - Reply

      I got the biggest kick out of them:)

  4. Shelley January 13, 2012 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    I love, love, love that you let the children explore their artwork. I love that each piece is unique and it is so refreshing to see the way the individual children depict penguins.
    I am not a teacher (in a classroom) but I try to do this at home with my 4 and 2 year old and I think it builds self-confidence.
    Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 13, 2012 at 11:33 pm - Reply

      You know that a parent truly is a child’s very first teacher:) Love all you do with your children!

  5. JDaniel4s Mom January 13, 2012 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Chopsticks as penguin beaks is genius!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 13, 2012 at 11:32 pm - Reply

      So that is what those things are:) LOL!

  6. Stephanie January 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Very cute penguins! I love the wooden tongs you have the kids using. Where did you find them?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 13, 2012 at 11:31 pm - Reply

      I got the wooden tongs from Big Lots in their kitchen utensils:)

  7. Km January 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Incredible and fun!!! Everytime I read a post from you I want to come and PLAY with all your creative kids!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 15, 2012 at 9:41 am - Reply

      You are not too far away Katherine – stop on by! LOL!

  8. Miss Anna January 18, 2019 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Today we tried the sponge painting and I was absolutely charmed by the little stories they made up for their penguins and how each penguin looked so different. This was our first time sponge painting this year (older3s/young4s) and I did a little demo to give them an idea of how the rectangle shapes can be combined to make penguin figures. I didn’t leave a model on the table or anything, but I was amazed at how fast they picked up the idea. Thanks for the wonderful activity!

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