Preschool Storytime – Penguins

Welcome back everyone! This week it’s cold and snowy so I thought it was appropriate to do a storytime about penguins.

Welcome song – So Happy You’re Here Today – Hap Palmer

Book – If You Were a Penguin – by Wendell Minor – Pictures and rhyming text presents some of the many extraordinary things penguins can do.  The story also includes some fun facts about penguins as well as related websites.

Fingerplay – “Five Perky Penguins”
Five perky penguins stood on the shore
One went for a swim and then there were four.
Four perky penguins looked out to sea
One went swimming and then there were three.
Three perky penguins said,”What can we do?”
One jumped in the water and then there were two.
Two perky penguins sat in the sun.
One swam off and then there was one.
One perky penguin said, “This is no fun!”
He dived in to the water and then there were none.


Book – Where Is Home, Little Pip? – by Karma Wilson – After Little Pip the penguin gets lost, she meets a whale, a Kelp Gull, and sled dogs who cannot help, but the aid of her family’s song, home finds her.


Flannelboard – “Five Little Penguins”

One baby penguin makes a wish.
(Hold up 1 finger and point up)

Two baby penguins catch a fish.
(Hold up 2 fingers and clap hands)

Three baby penguins slip & slide.
(Hold up 3 fingers and slide feet back and forth)

Four baby penguins run & hide.
(Hold up 4 fingers and run in place)

Five baby penguins look around, calling “Mamma! Mamma! Mamma!”
(Hold up 5 fingers and Shade eyes with hand)

Now they are found.


Book – Sergio Makes a Splash! – by Edel Rodriguez – Even though he loves water, Sergio the penguin is afraid to swim in the deep water until he learns how.

Song – “Did You Ever See a Penguin?”

Did you ever see a penguin, a penguin, a penguin?
Did you ever see a penguin waddle this way and that?
Waddle this way and that way, waddle this way and that way
Did you ever see a penguin waddle this way and that?
Credit: Childhood

Book – Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere – by Bob Barner – Penguins sliding on their tummies and swimming in the sea! Penguins cuddling for warmth and hiding in the shade! A wide variety of these irresistibly charming animals from climates warm and cold dance across the pages of this book.

Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere!

Book – Five Little Penguins Slipping on the Ice – by Steve Metzger – A counting book in which one by one the little penguins fall and hurt themselves, to the dismay of their mother and doctor.

Closing Song – Shout and Whisper – Hap Palmer

– Miss Ellen


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