Monday, July 16, 2012

Little Penguin's Tale

Theme: Little Penguin’s Tale, by Audrey Wood
Honey Pot is 2 years and 2 months old

We are participating again in this summer’s Virtual Book Club! (See what we did last month with a book from Mo Willems!) This time we had to choose a story by Audrey Wood. I love how this is introducing us to new and wonderful authors that I might never have discovered otherwise. And our little library had a large selection of books from which to choose. We brought home Little Penguin’s Tale as well as Piggy Pie Po. It was so hard to choose just one of these for our activities. Both such cute stories! We ended up picking Little Penguin’s Tale, and read it often throughout the week.

Tin Can Music

First we did an activity related to the actual story. At one point Little Penguin happens upon some gooney birds, making music with tin cans and empty glass bottles. Well I had no glass bottles in the house, but I did have a nice supply of empty coffee cans awaiting some use! Honey Pot banged around on our little drums and made music and danced like the gooney birds!

Ice Skating Like A Penguin

I discovered this idea at Inner Child Fun! I attached some wax paper to the bottoms of Honey Pot’s feet, and let her slide around the carpet like a penguin on ice. She slid around and around her craft table so many times! It was a great way to get up and moving, and elicited lots of giggles! “I’m a penguin!”

Webbed Feet/Fishing

Here is another way we pretended to be penguins today. The idea comes from Making Learning Fun. I attached sandwich bags to Honey Pot’s hands with a rubber band, and let her run them through the water to feel what it might be like to have webbed feet.

Then we added some fish and let her go fishing like a penguin!


And of course…what does Honey Pot ever do but put her feet in this bin? Hey, they’re supposed to be webbed feet anyway!

Cream Cheese Penguins

In my search for penguin-related activities and crafts, I stumbled upon this adorable snack from a blog called Our Big Earth. How cute are these? Mine didn’t have such nice and round, white bellies as theirs…but they were cute anyway I think.

Honey Pot got a kick out of them!

And she is a huge fan of olives and carrots. I wasn’t sure how the cream cheese would taste with them though. And truth be told, neither of us was a huge fan of the taste combination. But I only made a few of them, so we snacked on olives and carrots after the initial tasting.

Penguin Footprint Craft
I discovered this idea on Pinterest, originating from Meet the Dubiens. A huge fan of hand and footprint art, I just had to do this with Honey Pot! We painted her foot black, made a print, then waited for the print to dry. In the meantime, I let her do some free painting so that she could enjoy the craft a bit more. Later I added the details then allowed her to glue googly eyes!

Here is the final product!

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We are linking our activities up to the Summer Virtual Book Club!
Check out what some of our blogging friends did with the theme:


  1. I can't wait to try the wax paper ice skating!!!

  2. I want to do the wax paper ice skating! That looks like fun!

  3. What wonderful crafts and play ideas. Please stop by and link this today to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3. I am sure many families would love to try out your fun projects.

    : 0 ) Theresa