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Penguin & Polar Bear Storytime


Storytime and other Library programs.

Let the wild rumpus start!

Penguin & Polar Bear Storytime

Scott Bahlmann

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi


Book: Ted Bo and Diz The First Adventure – Jason Chapman

ted bo and diz

(A fun little adventure, with a lovely penguin surprise at the end! Well received.)

Activity: 5 Little Penguins 
(tune: Farmer in the Dell)


(Works well as a finger play too, good stuff.)

 Five Penguins in a row, Five penguins in a row,
One slid down low, where did he go?
I don't know.

(continue with remaining penguins)

(at end, show all penguins) play with his friends in the snow


Book: If You Were a Penguin – Wendell and Florence Minor

if you were a penguin

(Lovely big pictures. We went through twice, and identified the things people do the second time.)

Activity: Penguin, Penguin 
(tune: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around)


Penguin, penguin turn around.
Make a little penguin sound. eeerk!
Penguin, penguin reach up high.
Penguin, penguin touch the sky.
Penguin, penguin bend down low.
Penguin, penguin touch the snow.
Penguin, penguin, go to bed.
Penguin, penguin rest your head.
Penguin, penguin, turn off the light.
Penguin, penguin say goodnight.

(A fun variation. This pattern always works well in a program.)

Book: My Little Polar Bear – Claudia Rueda

my little polar bear

(Not such a hit. I think some of the pics were too ambiguous, and the text not engaging enough for a group.)

Activity: We're All Going To the North Pole - 
from the CD Songs for all Seasons by Geoff Johnson


(We went on a trip to find Santa, but this Polar Bear was everywhere we looked! Was a bit flat this go round.)

Book: Flip and Flop – Dawn Apperley

flip and flop

(The kids were quite engaged for this, even though I worried a bit about the length.)

Activity: Bubbles


(We pretended it was snow! Played Doing the Penguin from the CD Hot! Hot! Hot! Dance Songs during the bubbles.)