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Did you know today is World Penguin Day? When you have a six-year-old head-over-heels in love with penguins you know these kinds of things.
Stonyfield Yogurt has long been focused on conservation and sustainability. Each year they keep over 185,000 pounds of toxic pesticides out of the environment, helping to safeguard species and their ecosystems. That’s why Stonyfield YoKids is sponsoring the AZA SAFE program, and through their work together both organizations are on a mission to help save endangered species. In fact, as a proud sponsor of AZA SAFE, Stonyfield has committed funds that will be used to help reverse the decline of the African penguin specifically.
At 12 pm (EST) today you can tune in to watch a Facebook Live penguin encounter on Stonyfield’s Facebook page. I can’t wait!
And now for some other fun ideas to celebrate National Penguin Day.
Our favorite books for National Penguin Day.
365 Penguins by JeanpLuc Fromental
This story begins when a single penguin arrives in the mail. One penguin is manageable. But what if a penguin a day for a year arrived? Then you might have a bit of a problem. That is what this 365 Penguins is about. This book is oversized and has large black, white and orange illustrations. My favorite part is the math concepts that are covered as the family tries stacking, sorting and organizing a growing number of penguins.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
We read this book aloud a few years ago and the kids loved it! It follows the Popper family who raises a brood of penguins and tells about the adventures they have. Funny, short and easy to read out loud.
A Mother’s Journey by Sandra Markle
I love the beautiful paintings in this book! A Mother’s Journey follows a penguin mother as she leaves her mate and egg behind and goes on her journey to find fish and eventually come back and join her family. Apollo and I both enjoyed this book together.
National Penguin Day Games:
Roll the dice and look for the matching colored eggs underneath the penguins. A good memory and a little luck will help you be the first to collect six penguins on your iceberg to win!
Penguin Pile-Up is a quick-play balancing 3D game for 1-6 players ages 5 and up, that features cute penguin characters, that players have to set upright and keep balanced on a wobbly iceberg. Everyone is challenged to keep the platform steady and all of the characters aboard. The first player to place all of their penguins atop the iceberg wins.
Race across a random arrangement of icy fish deposits with a colony of up to four penguins as you attempt to seize the most fish. But watch out! Competing penguins will try to block you off while the ice floe around you shrinks away. Grab the best fish and outmaneuver your opponents to ensure victory. Whichever players penguins collect the most fish by the end of the game is the winner.
National Penguin Day Snack Ideas:
Polar Bears (Teddy Grahams)
Krill Mix (trail mix)
For more fun snack ideas check out my post about our Mr. Popper’s Penguins Party!
National Penguin Day Activities:
Kidzone has a great variety of printable penguin pages from mazes to math!
This Pinterest board is full of inspiring activities.
My blog post about Penguins Love Colors includes printable activity pages.
I hope you feel at least a little bit inspired to celebrate this very special day!