“Penguins, seals, and whales” was the response when I asked our Australian friend about which animals he saw on his recent trip to Antarctica.
My husband has always talked about going to Antarctica, so he was very envious when we found out his best buddy had taken a month-long adventure trip down south. As we were talking about the trip, my daughter started asking questions and showed a keen interest in learning about Antarctic animals.
We borrowed a bunch of Antarctica books from the library and purchased the Safari TOOB of Antarctic animals. Many of the penguin books are set in zoos or have the penguin as a pet character, but we were looking for books actually set in Antarctica.
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6 Antarctica Books for Kids
My daughter and I first read Sophie Scott Goes South, written by the popular Australian author Alison Lester (recommended for ages 6+). The book is written as a daily journal of Sophie’s expedition to Antarctica with her dad, who is delivering supplies to the research station. My daughter and I looked at the world map to compare the North Pole/Arctic, where Santa and polar bears live, with the South Pole/Antarctica, where penguins and orcas live.
Other Antarctic books we have enjoyed:
One Day on Our Blue Planet… In the Antarctic
by Ella Bailey
A beautifully illustrated non-fiction book showing all the animals in Antarctica. Ages 4+
Playful Little Penguins
by Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees
A delightful, rhyming, and colorful book for young children. Ages 3+
Lost and Found
by Oliver Jeffers
A charming story of a boy who rows his friend, the penguin, back to the South Pole. Ages 3+
by Sarah Weeks and Suzanne Duranceau
A simple story of the relationship between a baby penguin and its parents. Ages 4+
Where is Home, Little Pip?
By Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
A lost baby penguin meets a whale, a gull, and a husky on his journey to find his parents. Ages 3+
Antarctic Books for Kids
6 Antarctic Animals Yoga Poses for Kids
Next, try these six yoga poses, which mimic common Antarctic animals. Note that these yoga poses for children are specifically listed to invite flow from one posture to the next. For more animals in this region, check out our Antarctic Animal Yoga Cards for Kids. Use these poses as a guide, but feel free to have your children make up their own yoga postures. The purpose is to learn about Antarctica through movement and fun!
You could finish the class in Resting Pose, pretending to be sea stars. Afterwards, you could make a list of other Antarctic animals and go around the group, asking them to share their favorite Antarctic animal pose and talk about which other animals they could practice next time.
Learning about Antarctica has been so much fun with my daughter that we’ve added it to our travel bucket list!
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Learn about Antarctic animals through easy yoga poses for kids
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