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Penguin Resources

So from platypuses to penguins… we are truly into the “P” critters!! So of course it is time for a resource blog!

Free lapbooks!


Helpful Websites



  • Paper Loop Penguins at Crafty-Crafted.com
  • Enjoy a colour wheel with Art Projects for Kids. This is not so much a craft but a simple printable set up with all the colours, complementary, cold and warm… great illustration of it.
  • Penguin finger puppets at Fantastic Find

Of course there is always a video to supplement. If you want the cliff notes version of Captain Cook (the explorer our first penguin is named after)? Check out Crash Course World History on youTube.

We did have a video to watch:

No video to embed, but if you go to Amazon… Dirty Jobs included looking after Penguins at a zoo in an episode HERE. As there is a misunderstanding as to WHAT Captain Cook is early in the book, there is a small section on the dodo… I decided to do a little searching for some resources…

We had two videos we watched, TED only is relevant to the process of a Mythbusters host creating his own skeleton but some amazing shots of it and his reference.

And a museum short from Manchester

Some of the penguins were named after obvious famous people. We watched videos about some of the more interesting (to our boys) characters… First Columbus.

Ferdinand Magellan

And two about Robert Falcon Scott

Chapter 13 deals with music AND training animals. So there is the music link for The Merry Widow Waltz HERE. And then Schubert’s Military March on youTube.

For trained animals we chose to take a peek at the trained cormorants in China. There is a list on the lapbook file of other options but this one seemed to scream our kids’ interest.

Mr. Popper starts his travels with the penguins in Seattle. So of course we had to check out a tourist video..


Snowy Spring Wonderland?

April 18-19

Sometime tv lines up perfectly with schooling. Today we lucked out and the Wiki episode of Electric Company (the new version) dealt with tempo which we discussed in regards to music with Mr. Popper’s Penguins chapter 13. We had two pieces of music to listen to… The Merry Widow Waltz you can listen to HERE and Schubert’s Military March.

There was also the concept of training animals. After we discussed how each boy would train his special unusual pet from chapter 2, we also watched a short piece on how people in another country train their animals to do something special. We chose the cormorants in China who are trained to fish. Though the word SLAVE comes up in the video… the kids seemed to miss that one!

The secondary penguin book of the day was Life Cycle of a Penguin by Lisa Trumbauer. We used another print out and Gavin illustrated the portion that will show on the lapbook when folded up with a life cycle representation.

Life cycle of a penguin

This week we also made our own newspaper article. The kids told me their story, we worked on a title and “photographs” and put it all together to go in our lapbook.

Our article

Oh and shoveling, but that was MY job, well Baba’s, then mine and then Ken’s… so much snow.


Thursday is the new cousins with Nana and Baba day and this time they took the twins with them. So the littles and I took the opportunity to get in the workbook zone and bust out some pages.


We broke for snack before supper and had pre popped popcorn and cartoons.


While it snowed and snowed and snowed.

SNOW in April??

Friday was a snow day for many areas around us due to a massive dump of snow and the plows not keeping up. So we went bare minimum with our spelling, nature journals and regular journals (the twins had to journal their evening with their cousins and Nana and Baba) and then it was a mix of gaming and outside fun. The snow was PERFECT for creating.

Table and chairs

Miss Trinity coloured us a special penguin… an adorable penguin. AND made a beautiful bracelet. Craft bucket win!



Sometimes we just need a lazy day… thanks to the Novaks for suggesting the snow day!

Fun in the snow

3 Days Wrapped Up in One Entry

April 15-17

Halfway through the week and we are most definitely filling up on our penguin knowledge. With 4 videos under our belt about 3 of the people Mr. Popper named his new baby penguins after!

Get well soon cards for Captain Cook

Christopher Columbus, the namesake of the penguin Columbus.

Ferdinand Magellan, the namesake of Ferdinand

And TWO on Robert Falcon Scott, the namesake of Scott.

So at home and in the learning mode… there is a bit to share… THREE extra books! First off Face to Face With Penguins by Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott.

Future activists…

Then If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor. So much cuteness… I had the kids each draw what they would do if they were a penguin. Trinity’s was more impressionist… with the water and the fish indicating that is where she would BE if she was one, swimming in the ocean.

What would YOU do?

And Life Cycle of a Penguin by Lisa Trumbauer.

Life Cycle of a Penguin

The boys illustrated their special pets from chapter 2, this time how it would look if they took them for walks!

Walking exotic pets

Emanuel made his own how to with drawing a dinosaur.


Art for Kids just keeps inspiring us, Emanuel was inspired by Gavin’s instructions to make a special robot crab.


I was impressed by the Lego penguins!


We worked on colour combinations and groups these past 3 days as well. I love that Zander’s is of a dragon from the app Dragonvale that he picked out due to the (to him now) obvious use of the warm colours. 


We also discussed how snowflakes come about and made our own special snowflake page.


Gavin has taken a real liking to pastels. He has been working on his shading and usage with the help of Art For Kids!


Of course, some of the family just wanted NAPS!


And then some more creativity.

Colouring fiend

With alphabetizing to do…

Get those penguin babies in order!!

I think we have done rather well for 3 days at home!!! I am really looking forward to sharing everything we have found link wise, on penguins! It is a substantial amount!!

So much fun!