*Even though penguins live south of the equator, I include them in my Arctic unit. I show the students a globe, point out both Antarctica and the Arctic, and show them where penguins live.



Bulletin Board Ideas:

1. "Kindergarten Arctic Adventure" 

Students wrote facts about the Arctic on sentence strips.

2. "Slidding Into Learning"- Decorate with penguins.

3. "Polar Animals" - I introduce the unit by showing pictures of polar animals and asking students to identify them.


Cuddly Dudley by Jez Alborough

Sailing Off to Sleep by Linda Ashman

Penelope Penguin: The Incredibly Good Baby by John Bianci

The Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale by Lydia Dabcovich

Aurora: A Tale of the Northern Lights by Mindy Dwyer

Sweet Dreams, Polar Bear by Mindy Dwyer

Penguins by Gail Gibbons

Far North in the Arctic: Counting Alaska’a Animals

by Cory Hansen

Pipaluk and the Whales by John Himmelaman

The Emperor’s Egg by Martin Jenkins

Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse

Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester

Busy Penguins by John Schindel

Tundra Discoveries by Ginger Wadsworth

Little Penguin’s Tale by Audrey Wood

Welcome to the Ice House by Jane Yolen




"The Polar Bear"

The polar bear lives in the Arctic,
And he never gets cold in a storm,
He loves to swims in the icy cold water,
And his skin keeps him warm.

The polar bear has a white coat,
And he walks quite slow.
It's hard to see just where he is...
Because he is white as snow.

"Polar Bear"

("My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean" tune)

The polar bear lives in Alaska.

He never gets cold in a storm.

He swims in icy, cold water.

His heavy coat keeps him warm.

Warm, warm, warm, warm,

His heavy coat keeps him warm.


“I’m a Little Penguin”

(“I’m a Little Teapot” tune)


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!


“I Know a Little Penguin”

(“I’m a Little Teapot” tune)

I know a little penguin

Who sat on some blocks.

He swam in the ocean

And he climbed on some rocks.

He snapped at a seagull.

He snapped at a seal.

He snapped at a fish.

Oh, what a meal!



1.    Patterns- create color patterns on each Eskimo’s jacket using buttons.

2.    Counting- Children place the correct number of

                penguins on each paper plate iceberg

                according to the number written on it.

              -Children place the correct number

             of  ice blocks (sugar cubes) on each

             igloo according to the number written 

             on it.

           - Children place the correct number of

              Swedish fish on each penguin's tummy

              according to the number written on 


3. Measure a cut-out of an Emperor penguin

   (3 feet, 9 inches) using blocks.




1. Have students try to balance a plastic egg on their feet the way an Emperor Penguin father holds his eggs. (I attached paper beaks using tape.)

2. Create an iceberg by filling ziplock

bag almost to the top with water. Leave an inch or so of air space above the water so the ice can expand. Close with twist tie and freeze.Have students predict what will happen when you place iceberg in pan of water. Have students observe what happens.

3. Demonstrate purpose of camoflage by placing polar bear pattern first on black paper and then on white paper.

4. Make Arctic Blizzards by blending vanilla icecream, milk, and whipped cream.

5. Arctic scene in Science Center- I created the arctic scene for the children to play with by covering a piece of cardboard with white paper, cottonball snow, styrofoam bowl igloo, and an aluminium foil ice pond. I added Eskimo dolls and toy arctic animals.

6. Penguin Cookies- Twist off top of Oreo and cut in half. Use halves as penguin wings. Use Hershey Kiss as penguin head. Use white and orange decorating gel to make eyes, beak, and feet.


 7. Watch penguins on a webcam at




1. Footprint penguin- Children trace footprint on to black construction paper and cut out. Children paint inside white. Add wiggly eyes, orange beak, and wings. Glue penguin on to blue paper and paint snowflakes around penguin using fingerprints.




2.Penguin Craft

3.Paper bag walrus- Students cut out pattern of walrus head and body. Glue head above paper bag fold and body under fold.

4.Polar Bear- Cut out polar bear pattern and glue on to blue construction paper. Draw a face on bear. Glue cottonballs on to bear's body to represent fur and around bear to represent falling snow.

5. Make igloo using sugar cubes.

4. Eskimos- Children cut out face and hood pattern and glue on paper bag. Children line bottom of bag with cottonball "fur". Children color mittens.