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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!

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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

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 the water table as an iceberg.

Penguin Numbers
Cut out our Numbered Penguins Printable. Laminate and have children place the 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

  • 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 have children wear gloves when doing this project.


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