Let's be Scientists on Antarctica and learn more about the animals that inhabit this continent. Turn the Dramatic Play area into an animal research center this week. Provide materials so that the kids can set up an expedition. Clip Boards, Measuring Tapes, Cameras, and Medical Kits. Scour the Thrift Stores for Animals to add to your space (Don't forget to check with your clients, they may have some for you to borrow this week.
Our friend Theresa Y. shared photos of how she transformed her dramatic play area into a penguin research center, using our FREE Antarctic Penguin Research Center Dramatic Play Set. Take a closer look at her space, and download your free copy here. antarctica-penguin-research-station.html
The fabulous dramatic play space was created by Daycare Spaces member Amy M, of BuggaBee & Me Daycare. She provided a variety of penguins and cold weather dress-up gear.
Create an environment for penguins in your Construction Space this week. Add sheets of white felt, and White Blocks (Which can be made by painting them, or wrapping them with paper). Since Penguins can also be found in warm weather area add additional construction items that might represent both cold weather and warm weather (sandy & rocky) areas.
Kathleen created an "Iceberg" by adding printing real photos of penguins on icebergs, and placing them in page protectors and adhering them to a box. She also added shiny blue "Cellophane" paper water, which she taped down with packing tape to create the look of water currents and waves. She also added objects that would resemble snow, ice and icebergs: Cotton balls, Cotton pads, metallic & white cupcake liners, blue milk caps, and a lot of small blue and clear glass gems.
Source: Little Blue Castle Childcare
Kathleen added a disco ball to represent theAurora Australia, and blue finger lights to the space, to add that extra special "Glow".
Penguin Counting Mats printed on vellum and shared by member Erica P. found inside the Penguin Activity Pack Color matching penguins shared by member Katie S found inside the PKPF Penguin Activity Pack
Penguin Life Cycle shared by member Katie S. found inside the PKPF Penguin Activity Pack
Comunity Member Erica P. of Erica's Educare Learning Center shared this fantastic light table setup! She used reusable ice cubes and colorful penguin counters in this engaging activity.