Friday, July 19, 2024
Do Penguins Fly?

Do Penguins Fly?

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 5-11

Do penguins fly… and most importantly, can someone bring proof that they do?

Watch this video with your children, and then try some of our teaching and activity ideas below.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Think of some speech / thought bubbles for the characters in the story.
  • There is a flying whale at the end of the animation. Can you plan / write a sequel about this?
  • Write a newspaper article about the sightings of flying penguins.
  • Create a persuasive advert to encourage people to see some amazing flying penguins.
  • Imagine that animals can do unusual things, but they don’t want humans to see their abilities. Could you plan a new story about this?
  • Retell the story from the point of view of the photographer.
  • Carry out some role-play activities and ask the ‘penguins’ why they don’t want their flying skills to be caught on camera.
  • What is proof? Why do we need proof sometimes?


  • Use different reference sources to find out about penguins and create a report about them.
  • Can you find out why penguins can’t fly?
  • If penguins really could fly, how would their lives be different?
  • The photographer gets incredibly cold. Can you find out about different materials / clothing that he could wear to keep warm?


  • Create a stop-motion animation about a flying penguin superhero.
  • Can you use image editing software to create some realistic photos of flying penguins?
  • Use digital cameras to create your own photographs of wildlife. Can you use the different features of the camera (e.g. macro / zoom / flash)?

Design Technology

  • Can you find out how a camera works?
  • Create some labelled diagrams showing the different parts of a camera.


  • Look at photos of penguins and use these as the starting point for your own pictures.
  • Create a storyboard for a new animation about flying penguins.


  • Compose a soundtrack for this animation.


  • Where in the world is this story set? How do you know?


  • Describe the expressions of the characters at different points in the animation.

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