It’s Christmas activity time, and everyone just loves bonus penguin activity stuff! Right?! Learn all about penguins through songs and activities. I have adapted a few songs to share.

Plus, I have included a link to a Penguin Word Bank Freebie from a great resource, TeachersPayTeachers.com. You’ll need to create a simple log-in to download the freebie. Included in this penguin activity freebie, you’ll receive a picture/word chart of all the different penguins. I have adapted the song, “Down By The Bay,” to this activity to complement learning all about the different species of penguins. There are penguin worksheets you can use for songwriting activities as well. Enjoy and be creative!

Activity Goals:

Phonemic Awareness
– Rhyming
Emotional/Social Skills
– Group cohesiveness
Animals recognition
Receptive and Expressive Communication

Down By The Sea
(Adapted by Jody Tucker from Raffi’s song, “Down By the Bay”)

Down by the sea, where the penguins go
Back to my home, I dare not go.
For if I do, my mother will say,
Did you ever see a Macaroni,
driving a Zamboni, down by the sea?

Did you ever see a Rockhopper,
eating a Whopper, down by the sea?

Did you ever see a Magellanic,
being a mechanic, down by the sea?

Did you ever see a Galapagos,
playing the bongos, down by the sea?

Did you ever see a colony,
saying “I wannabe,” down by the sea?

Did you ever see a Chinstrap,
reading the Arctic map, down by the sea?

Did you ever see the Emperor,
running for Senator, down by the sea?

We Lil’ Penguins Are Important to You
(Adapted by Jody Tucker from, “We Three Kings from Orient Are”)

We lil’ penguins are important to you.
Sharing climate, of course is our world view.
Ant-arc-tica, Galapagos Is-lands,
Near water it’s true.

We lil’ penguins can’t fly, it’s true.
Flippers like paddles, don’t need a canoe.
Leap in the water, swim even farther,
We don’t want to live in the zoo.

If I Could Be A Penguin
(Adapted by Jody Tucker from the traditional song, “The More We Get Together”)

If I could be a penguin, a penguin, a penguin
If I could be a penguin, what kind would I be?
A Macaroni, an Emperor
A Little Blue, a King.
If I could be a penguin, I would be a (child fills in the blank)

I’m a Little Penguin
(Adapted from “I’m a Little Teapot”)

I’m a little penguin
Black and white
Stout and fluffy
What a sight

I can’t fly
But, I love to swim
So, I’ll waddle to the water
and dive right in

Discussion

There are 17 species of penguins that are naturally found exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Emperor Penguins are the tallest species, standing nearly 4 feet tall. The smallest is the Little Blue Penguin, which is only about 16 inches.

Did you know that the fastest penguin is the Gentoo Penguin? It can reach swim up to 22 mph.

Most penguin species live in colonies.

Many penguin species mate for with the same penguin season after season.

Penguins have excellent hearing and rely on distinct calls to find their mates when returning to the colonies.

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