How Big is a Million?
Letter Recognition: P is for Penguin Letter Tray/Box
Cognitive – Penguin matching cards (with several suggestions for other ways to use them)
Penguin Maze (easier)
Penguin Maze (harder)
Math – Penquin Parade File Folder Game – place value OR print the blank one and make your own game. Number matching, counting, etc… based on the level of your child.
Roll ‘N Write – Roll dice and write numbers or letters, or you can cover the number of spaces for the number you rolled.
Use the Penguin Math Mat, roll a dice and use goldfish crackers to count and feed the fish. For older children you can roll the dice twice and add or subtract the numbers, using goldfish as counters. (Laminate or place in a coversheet, and you can write the number problems on the page with a dry erase marker)
Penguin 3 Part Cards – Match the 3 part cards, order by size, measure using goldfish crackers (make a graph with your results for even more math).
Penguin Pie (Snack too!)
Hundred’s Chart – count to one hundred by covering the chart with a bingo dauber, bingo markers, pom poms, pennies, cotton balls, etc… For older children use the cards with missing numbers and have them fill them in.
Penguin Toob and the book Counting Penguins, count along with the book, sort the penguins to match penguin cards, use this FREE dial-a-sum activity. You can also use these penguin glass beads as counters.
Penguin color sort fishing game- use the rainbow colored goldfish crackers
Math Mat – Divide and Share equally (use goldfish crackers)
Gone Fishing – Math Game
Science – Label the parts of a stuffed penguin – Montessori Print Shop Cards – Penguin Nomenclature
Sensory Tub – Put the fake snow glitter into a tub, with the penguin, the seal and the igloo from the artic toob. You can also add the paper fish from the fishing activity (laminate them first). Fish from the Sensory bin.
Ice Sensory Tub – freeze the penguins from the toob in small ice blocks, provide a variety of tools (spoons, water droppers, water sprayers, etc…) to try and get the penguins free. You could also use this for the next book by freezing the igloo, polar bear, Inuit from the Safari Ltd Arctic Toob as well. See this post for an example.
Art – Feet print penguins
Movie – Watch a penguin movie like The March of the Penguins, Happy Feet or Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
Printable – P is for Penguin http://www.lawteedah.com/2011/02/letter-p-for-penguins.html
Older children – Penguin Activity Guide
Learn to draw a penguin – scroll down to the bottom
Other Books – the Emperor’s Egg, The Tacky Penguin
Take it further: The Polar Bear Son – An Inuit Tale
Other books: I is for Inuksuk, In Artic Waters
Letter Recognition: I is for Igloo/Inuit Letter Tray/Box
Cognitive – Artic Animal Bingo (print two sets and make matching cards to play a game of memory)
Math - Igloo File Folder Game – Original game is for spelling, but you can print the blank version and use it for counting, shapes, colors, letter etc… Write them on the igloo and then use then have you child put the Inuit on the one you say or label the Inuit as well (for example, capital and lowercase letters, numerals and dots, shapes and words, colors and words, etc..)
Inuit Shadow Shape Matching – build your own from rocks, try to match the ones in the game, you can secure them with hot glue (parent using the hot glue gun).
Science: polar bear blubber experiment – place your child’s hand in ice water, how does it feel? Then coat your child’s hand with shortening and then place in ice water, how does it feel now? Can you feel the cold? Talk about how polar bears have lots of blubber to keep them warm in the artic waters. I recommend plastic gloves, shortening is a pain to clean up!
Match Animals from the Arctic Toob to the animals in the In Arctic Waters book.
Live Polar Cam at the San Diego Zoo
Deigo’s artic animal cards – match them with the artic toob animals
Art – Circle Polar Bear – But consider cutting the shapes out of black paper (because polar bears actually have black skin) and then covering them in cotton balls for fur! Talk about circles while doing this project!
Packing Peanut Igloo – or make a 3dimensional igloo you can use packing peanuts, mini marshmallows, sugar cubes or styrofoam building blocks
Language – Polar bear compound words – mix them up and have fun making nonsense words with your child, if they can read some have them read them, or you can read them aloud to them.
Printable – Artic Animals http://royalbaloo.com/arctic-animal-packs/
Older Children- An Artic Animals Activity Guide
Other Winter Animal Books: Big Track, Little Tracks and Who’s Been Here: A Tale in Tracks
Science - Animal Tracks by Montessori Print Shop ($3.49)
Computer Game – Track Concentration
Computer Game – Tracking Game – use the track prints and other clues to figure out what animal was there
Computer Game – Animal Tracks – match the animal with their tracks
Go outside and look for tracks in the snow (if you have some) or the dirt/mud. Travel outside your yard for this activity (unless you get lots of animals around your house). Try a nature reserve, river bed, etc..
Artic Toob – Use animals to make feet prints in the snow dough, Play with them in the water table with snow or large pieces of ice, match them to animals in the books you read, use animal feet like stampers (press into paint then onto paper).
Art – Winter Animal Negative Craft - get the shapes here
Also goes well in conjunction with The Snowy Day Unit