Brr! It’s full swing winter around these parts, and wouldn’t you know it, our furnace is broken! The Lord is faithful though. We discovered our furnace was broken just hours before people were to arrive for our Sunday School party. I got on facebook and sent out a message to everyone to cancel, but our friends rallied around us, brought space heaters and the party continued! It was great to see everyone and the body heat warmed things right up. On top of that, our friends let us borrow the space heaters till the furnace repair man could arrive today. He hasn’t got here yet, but I sure hope it is soon since it’s supposed to be 7 degrees BELOW zero tonight!!
In light of all these freezing temperatures, I thought it might be a great time to share some preschool homeschool winter activities. We’re learning about winter animals (Polar Bears and Penguins) and using this “All About” Poster Template to fill in some facts about these cold-weather animals.
We started out reading some Penguin books:
Penguin by Polly Dunbar
This book is silly and does not give any real information about penguins, but my 3 year old simply loved it. You could use it as an introduction book!
365 Penguins By Jean-Luc Fromental
Another silly one, but this does talk a bit about what penguins need to be comfortable such as food and climate control.
This one is much more factual and has some great pictures as well!
As for the polar bears, we did some research online, watching some National Geographic videos about polar bears, and filled out the “All About” poster instead of reading books.
For our penguin craft, we made penguins based on a pattern over at Me and My Shadow. The pieces were cut out ahead of time, and we opted to use glue instead of brads. The eyes are stickers I picked up at Oriental Trading. You can get 1,000 stickers for $6 and the kids use them all the time!
As you can see, these were pretty strange looking penguins. Too bad we didn’t have a book called “Alien Penguin” or something!
For our polar bear craft, we made some polar bear paintings.
What You Need:
- Foam Shaving Cream
- Liquid Glue
- Bowl to mix it
- Picture of a polar bear (I got mine at Super Coloring)
- Paint brushes (optional)
What You Do:
Mix an equal amount of glue and shaving cream in a bowl. You don’t need too much. I made each kid WAY too much, but they really loved the “polar bear paint”, so we just kept painting more paper with it! I love how the paint stays all fluffy and puffy after you’re done.
Virtual Field Trip!
If your zoo is closed during the winter months like ours, don’t despair. You can take a virtual field trip too see penguins via the penguin cam either at Sea World or the Edinburgh zoo. There are Polar Bear cameras too — at the San Diego zoo and the Kansas city zoo.
Want to sing some tunes about penguins, check out the 5 Little Penguins video from Miss Tracy on youtube!
More Resources and Stuff to Check Out!
- Arctic Animal Learning Pack
- Winter Animals: 100 Chart Freebie
- Cute Penguin School Lunch
- Paper Plate Penguin
- Footprint Penguin T-Shirt
- Penguin Ice Cube Tray!!!
- Penguin Connect the Dots with Letters
- 5 Penguins from Antarctica (Montessori): Love this post!
- P is for Polar Bear (Preschool Homeschool)