Winter Animal Theme

Winter Animal Theme
Polar Bears, Penguins and Winter..oh, my! Teach young children about these two popular winter animals.

Winter Animals Songs and Rhymes

Royal Penguins
One royal penguin . .feeling very blue
Called for his brother then there were two
Two royal penguins. . .swimming in the sea
Called for their sister then there were three
Three royal penguins waddle on the shore
Call for their mother, then there were four
Four royal penguins learning how to dive
Call for their father, then there were five

Polar Bear (Tune: My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean)
The polar bear lives in Alaska
He never gets cold in a storm
He swims in cold icy water
His heavy coat keeps him warm
Warm, warm, warm, warm
His heavy coat keeps him warm
Warm, warm, warm, warm
His heavy coat keeps him warm

I’m a Little Penguin (Tune: I’m a Little Teapot)
I’m a little penguin, on the ice.
I think the cold is very nice.
I can hop around
first once, then twice.
I think ice is very nice

On Top Of An Iceberg (Tune: On Top of Old Smoky)
On top of an iceberg, All covered with snow,
I saw my first, penguin And I wanted to know.
Oh is it a bird,
Or is it a fish?
I looked at his feathers,
And knew which was which.
I said, “Mr. Penguin,
Which species are you?”
He said, “I’m an emperor,
And not a gentoo.”

I said, “Mr. Penguin,
What’s under you patch?”
He said, “It’s an egg,
It’s ready to hatch!”

I said, “Mr. Penguin,
Oh, where is your wife?”
“She’s out in the ocean,
She’ll be back tonight.”

Said Mr. Penguin,
“Her name is Jill.
She’s out in the ocean,
Feeding on krill.”

The next thing I knew,
I heard a small peep.
And I saw a chick,
At the emperor’s feet!

Six Little Penguins
Six little penguins off an iceberg did dive,
One bumped his beak, then there were five.

Five little penguins swam the ocean floor,
One saw a whale, then there were four.

Four little penguins spun around, whee-ee!
One spun off, then there were three!

Three little penguins, with nothing to do,
One went fishing, then there were two.

Two little penguins, having lots of fun,
One fell of, then there was one.
One little penguin, when the day was done,
Went home to sleep, then there were none

Marco the Polar Bear
Marco the Polar Bear,
White as the snow,
Sat down on the ice
Near the cold water’s flow.
“Lunch! I need lunch” he said;
“I’ll make a wish.”
He stuck in his paw
And came up with a fish!

I Wish I Were a Walrus
I wish I were a Walrus A waddling on the shore.
I’d say, “Move over, here I come!”
And bellow out a “ROAR!”
I wish I were a Walrus A basking in the sun.
I’d flap my flippers, oh so loud To show I’m number one!
I wish I were a Walrus A strutting all my stuff.
If anybody picked on me I’d show them my big tusks!
Winter Animals Art Activities

Frost Covered Penguins
Create a penguin out of construction paper. Make a solution by mixing equal parts boiling water and Epsom salt and stir well. (You want to make sure the salts dissolve into the water). Use the solution to paint over the paper. As it dries, the dissolved salt will crystallize again, creating a frosty, snowy look.

Footprint Penguin
Two choices: 1. (If you dare!) Dip the child’s foot in black paint or an ink pad and put on white paper. Add eyes an orange beak and a small white circle for a belly and you have a footprint penguin. 2. Trace child’s foot on white paper. Color to look like a penguin or have children add paint, construction paper, etc.

Cotton Ball Polar Bears
Cut out large polar bears and provide the children with white cotton balls and glue. Have them glue the cotton balls onto their bear and add a wiggly eye.

Puffy Paint Polar Bear
Mix equal parts of glue and shaving cream together. Have children paint a paper plate with the mixture. Add paper ears, eyes, and a black paper nose (or use an Oreo cookie for the nose). Allow to dry. When it is dry it will have a puffy texture.
Winter Animals Math and Science

More Winter Animal Activities

Penguin Height
On some craft paper, draw the height of several popular species of penguins and include their pictures. Measure the height of each child to compare.

Water Table
Add ice cubes to the water table or freeze water in tubs and add to water table as an iceberg.

Penguin Numbers
Cut out our Numbered Penguins Printable. Laminate and have children place matching number of goldfish crackers on each penguin.

Polar Bear Science
Polar bears have a layer of fat under their skin called blubber. This blubber keeps polar bears warm from the Arctic water and air. To demonstrate how fat insulates polar bears by keeping them warm in the icy cold water, have the child stick a hand in a bucket of ice cold water. Next, remove the hand from the cold water and stick the hand into a baggie filled with Crisco. With the hand remaining in the bag of Crisco, stick the hand back into icy water. The water won’t feel cold because the Crisco acts as a layer of fat and provides insulation from the extreme temperature.
Winter Animals Movement

Move Like a Penguin
Help child hold a large ball or pillow between the knees. Encourage the child to walk/waddle without dropping the ball.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear Turn Around
Recite this rhyme and make the movements together:

Polar bear, Polar bear,
Turn around,
Polar bear, Polar bear,
Make no sound.

Polar bear, Polar bear,
Dance on your toes,
Polar bear, Polar bear.
Touch your nose.

Polar bear, Polar bear,
Show your paws.
Polar bear, Polar bear,
Hide your claws.

Polar bear, Polar bear,
Reach up high
Polar bear, Polar bear,
Wink one eye.

Polar bear, Polar bear,
Say good-night,
Polar bear, Polar bear,
Shut your eyes tight.

Polar bear, Polar bear,
Wake up now,
Polar bear, Polar bear,
Take a bow.
Winter Animals Snacks

Edible Polar Bear
Make a polar bear face by using an English muffin or bagel as the base. Cover the base with cream cheese to create the white fur. Add two banana slices at the top for the ears. Use raisins to create the eyes, nose and mouth of the edible polar bear.

Make Ice Cream
Ingredients:

1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar (or to taste)
6 tablespoons salt

Put milk, vanilla and sugar into a pint or quart-sized freezer bag. Seal well. Fill a large, gallon-sized freezer bag with ice. Add the salt.Put the smaller bag into the larger bag and seal.Shake and mix until the ice cream thickens, about 10 minutes. You can also let the kids gently throw the bag back and forth to help mix the ice cream. The bag gets very cold, so you might to have children wear gloves when doing this project.

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Great Pumpkin Theme and Activities

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Have some fun with pumpkins this Halloween! This is the perfect time of year to take a field trip to a local pumpkin patch.

Pumpkin Songs and Fingerplays

Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate (hold up fingers for pumpkins)
The first one said “Oh my! It’s getting late” (slap face ala Home Alone)
The second one said, “There are witches in the air” (point)
The third one said “But we don’t care” (shrug shoulders)
The fourth one said “Let’s have some fun” (throw hand in the air)
Then “Ooooooh” went the wind (say softly)
And OUT when the lights (clap hands to the word “out” and say loudly)
And the five little pumpkins rolled outta sight. (roll hands)

I’m a Little Pumpkin (Tune: I’m a Little Teapot)
I’m a little pumpkin
Orange and round.
Here is my stem,
There is the ground.
When I get all cut up
Don’t you shout!
Just open me up
And scoop me out!

We Are Pumpkins(Tune: Buffalo Girls)
We are pumpkins big and round
Big and round, big and round
We are pumpkins big and round. Sitting on the ground.
See our great big shining eyes,
Shining eyes, shining eyes
See our great big shining eyes, Looking all around.
See our great big laughing mouths
Laughing mouths, laughing mouths.
See our great big laughing mouths, Smiling right at you!

5 Little Pumpkins
5 little pumpkins at my door
A neighbor came and took one then there were 4
4 little pumpkins under a tree
Along came a farmer and then there were 3
3 little pumkins looked so new
I gave one away then there were 2
2 little pumpkins laying in the sun
Grandma made a pie now there is just one
I then made a jack-o-lantern, wasn’t that fun?

Pumpkin Art Activities

  • Jack-O- lantern Carving – This is a fun and traditional party activity. The children can help plan the face maybe by drawing and designing prototypes, while the teacher can do the actual carving. Everyone can participate in the fun of removing the ooey gooey pulp, a great sensory activity. For safety purposes, you may wish to light up your new friend with a flashlight instead of a candle.
  • Paper Mache Pumpkins – Use an inflated balloon for the form. Dip newspaper strips in a wet mixture of flour and water and lay across the balloon entirely. Let dry. Paint and decorate as desired.
  • Finger Paint Pumpkin Color Mixing – Give children a pumpkin shaped cut out with fingerpaint paper. Have them fingerpaint with red and yellow paints and watch the paint turn orange.
  • Paper Bag Pumpkin – Fill a small brown bag half full of torn newspaper. Twist top of bag and secure with green pipecleaner. Children can paint the bag with orange paint. When try, add leaves to the pipecleaner.
  • Paper Plate Pumpkin – Provide children with construction paper, tissue paper, paint and other art supplies. Allow them to be creative and use the art supplies to create a pumpkin on a paper plate. This is fun for torn paper pumpkins, sponge paint pumpkins, tissue paper ball pumpkins, etc.
  • Pumpkin Pie Playdough
    • 5 1/2 Cups flour
    • 2 Cups salt
    • 8 teaspoons cream of tartar
    • 3/4 Cups oil
    • 1 1/2 oz. pumpkin pie spice
    • orange food coloring (2 parts yellow, 1 part red)
    • 4 Cups water

    Mix all ingredients together. Cook and stir over medium heat until all lumps disappear. Knead the dough on a floured surface until it is smooth. Store in airtight container.

Pumpkin Math and Science

  • Inside a Pumpkin – Cut open a pumpkin and allow children to see what is inside. Provide spoons, bowls, etc. and allow children to explore and feel the inside of a pumpkin.
  • Sink or Float – Prepare a chart entitled “Will a Pumpkin Sink or Float?” Give each child a pumpkin cutout and ask them to place their pumpkin in whatever column they think will happen (“Sink” or “Float”). To find out what the answer is, drop a small pumpkin in a container of water and discuss results.
  • Pumpkin Measuring – Provide a variety of pumpkins in different sizes. Have children measure them with yarn. Talk about which one is the biggest around/smallest around. Compare other objects in the room with the length of string to see what items are longer or shorter.

Pumpkin Snacks

  • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Wash seeds under warm water in colander. Mix together in bowl: 2 Cups seeds, 1 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil and 1 tteaspoon salt. Spread seeds on cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Use spoon to stir seeds from time to time while baking.
  • No-Bake Pumpkin Pudding – Have each child mix two tablespoons pumpkin pie filling, two tablespoons marshmallow creme, and one tablespoon whipped topping. This is a fun measuring and mixing activity. Be sure to check for child allergies first.

Other Pumpkin Fun and Resources

 

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Celebrate the Color Purple Theme and Activities

Many report purple is their favorite color. Here are some preschool activities and crafts to celebrate this royal hue.

Sing About Purple

P-u-r-p-l-e (Tune: I’ve Been Working on the Railroad)
P-u-r-p-l-e
Purple, purple,
P-u-r-p-l-e
Purple’s what that spells.
Purple grapes on the vine,
Purple Kool-Aid’s fine
P-u-r-p-l-e
Purple’s what that spells.

We Love Purple(Tune: Frere Jacques)
We love purple, we love purple.
Yes, we do. Yes, we do.
Purple grapes and eggplant,
Purple plums and grape juice,
Just for me, just for you.

Red and Blue
Red and blue, red and blue,
Mix them and find something new.
Purple like a fresh ripe plum,
Purple like a poor sore thumb,
Red and blue, red and Blue,
Mix them and find something new.

Purple Art

Purple Milk Painting – Mix one cup condensed milk with a few drops of red and blue food coloring. Paint!

Purple Silly Putty – Add 4 T. of white Elmer’s glue to 2 T. of liquid starch. Mix together, if it stays stringy, add a drop of glue. If too brittle, add more starch. Chill for at least 3 hours.

Purple Shaving Cream Fingerpaint – Give each child a Ziplock sandwich bag filled one-third full with shaving cream. Let the children squeeze drops of red and blue food coloring into their bags before sealing them closed. Then have the children squeeze their bags and watch as the shaving cream turns purple. Let them use their purple shaving cream to fingerpaint designs on sheets of white butcher paper.

Purple Collage – Have children create a purple collage using purple glitter, confetti, construction paper, tissue paper, etc.

Purple Math and Science

How Many? – Fill a jar with purple jelly beans, M&Ms, buttons, or anything else you can think of. Have children write down their guesses as to how many they think is in the jar. Count the objects and see who is closest.

Purple Chart – Brainstorm a list of items that are purple. List them on a large chart.

Color Ice Cubes – Fill and ice cube tray with water. Add a drop of red food coloring to half and a drop of blue food coloring to the other half. Freeze. When frozen, have children put one of each color ice cube in glass of water. Watch as ice melts to see what color is created.

Purple Bottle Shakers – Squeeze drops of red and blue food coloring into a clear plastic bottle of water. Fasten the cap securely, then have children shake the bottle to blend the colors and create purple.

Make Purple Treats

Purple Cow
2 oz. of grape juice,
1/4 c. vanilla ice cream
2 oz. of lemon-lime soda
Blend juice and ice cream, then add soda.

“I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one.”

Purple Snacks to enjoy – Grapes, Jelly on toast, Purple Kool-Aid, Grape Juice, Plums, Grape Popsicles, etc

Read About Purple


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August 3rd is Watermelon Day

By Erin Rutter

When I think of summer, one of the most memorable sensations that come to my mind is the first juicy bite of a watermelon slice.  August 3rd is Watermelon Day.  What a perfect day to plan activities around a watermelon theme! In this post, you’ll find some ideas for a science activity, a craft for toddlers to preschool age children, and a refreshing beverage.

children-655542_640 (2)A watermelon can grow to be very big- almost 5 pounds- but does it sink or float?  For this science experiment, decide where you want to perform the activity: in a large bucket or a kiddie pool out in the yard, or even a bathtub.  Get together items that may sink or float, and don’t forget the watermelon! Ask children to make predictions and record those on a chart or a piece of construction paper. What did they predict? How did the children react? Were they surprised?

Now, lets try a fun craft.  The children could create a watermelon slice out of a paper plate.  First cut the paper plates in half. Children could use crayons, markers, paint dobbers, or any other art tool to decorate the watermelon slice.  I think it is a good idea to use a marker to draw a line of where the colors should go (green along the edge and red or pink on the inside.)  Next, glue black buttons or small pom-poms to represent the seeds.   On a hot day, you could attach a wooden stick to the rind and use the watermelon slice as a fan.

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Finally, not only can the children enjoy a slice or two of watermelon but you could also make some delicious watermelon lemonade.  I found this recipe from My Little Moppet. You can find the full recipe here at Watermelon Lemonade.

You’ll need watermelon cubes, honey, lemon juice, and ice cold water.  Sounds delicious! This could be the perfect drink to cool those kids off on a hot day, especially Watermelon Day!

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REAL MEN DO PULL-UPS: EMBRACING MASCULINITY AS A EARLY CHILD PROFESSIONAL

by Daniel Miskin

Being involved in the early childhood education field for the past 10+ years I am well aware of the very small population that males represent in the field. I am also well aware of the need and desire to get more males involved in the profession. For my fellow male early childhood education professionals, as well as my female colleagues, I want to offer a piece of advice to help encourage this and that is to allow male early childhood educators TO BE MEN!

Men in the early childhood field ought to be caring, nurturing, at appropriate times even a little bit silly for the sake of the children they are caring for. In fact, I am convinced that nobody would be able to get into or stay in the field if they did not actually possess these traits/skills. Men in the early childhood field need to be firm yet patient, read stories in an energetic, engaging manner, give hugs as well as high-fives, and many other forms of care and encouragement for young children. It is not for all men. Then again, it is not for all women either.

For myself, I am perfectly comfortable giving hugs, singing with children, dancing, changing diapers, and other responsibilities early childhood educators would be expected to do. I also have brought to the classroom my love of being physically active, strength training, and following and participating in sports, as well. Both aspects of my personality are just two sides to the same coin and I don’t see any reason why both cannot be a part of the classroom curriculum.

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While I have a real passion and a knack for working with young children, I have also, equally, a passion for physical fitness. Passionate enough, in fact, that in the Spring of 2014, in addition to being an early childhood educator, I got certified to be a personal fitness trainer. What was nice about this professional pursuit, as many of you know, is that the two fields do not need to be mutually exclusive, and actually can work quite well together. When my co-teacher was busy doing some prep work, or maybe working with a child one-on-one, I could engage the whole group in a PT session, doing push-ups, crunches, reverse crunches, jumping jacks, and stretches. (The push-ups, of course, would always end up with me doing some push-ups with several children on my back.) For myself, the physical part of the job is where I have been able to truly embrace my masculinity.

Other males might have other skills or interest in which they can embrace their masculinity. Some men might try bringing in their tools and using their handyman skills around the center (or whatever environment that they are working in.) Some might want to bring in their trophies or photos of their sports accomplishments to share with the classroom. For others, photos of their camping/hiking trip or of the fish they caught while out fishing. There are many ways in which men identify with their masculinity and allowing men to bring that into the classroom, if done in an appropriate, professional way, should be a huge benefit for the children of that classroom, especially those who do not have male role models at home.

Now, please don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying woman cannot do any or all of these things. I have had female co-workers who were bigger football fans than I am. I have had female co-workers who are hunters. I am sure there are plenty of female early childhood educators who are into weight lifting and martial arts as well. I am not saying that females cannot do these things. What I am saying is that nobody that I know of would consider such activities to not be masculine.

Outside of work I have a group of male friends I hang out with. We go out (though not frequently) to sports bars and cigar parlors, and participate in “manly” activities. My friends all know what I do for work, yet I have never been made to feel like I don’t belong with that kind of group, or that I am less of a man than they are. Also, while such activities must be done in moderation, they can be an enjoyable time and a great bonding experience. We may talk about things like football, or the outdoor adventures we have planned or participated in, but I can also talk about my job, and not have to be concerned about being judged for not being very masculine.

Overall, it is important to keep in mind that children benefit from learning about a wealth of
different experiences. By allowing male care-givers to be themselves, and how they identify with their
own masculinity gives children an enriched classroom experience from which they can gain understanding and acceptance. To allow men to act as they naturally would is beneficial for everyone involved in the classroom. Also, for all my fellow male early childhood educators, I just want to remind you that what you do is no small job. You have been entrusted to be safeguarding, encouraging, and guiding young children in the development of their earliest and very crucial stage of development. Gender aside, that’s a pretty big (and important) task for anyone.

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