Emperor penguins are amazing!
At the beginning of the winter, the female penguin lays an egg and then goes off in search of food. The daddy penguin stays behind with a very important job. While he waits for the mother to return, the father has to keep the egg (and himself) warm during the long, frigid, Antarctic winter.
For two whole months, the Emperor penguin balances the egg on his feet, warming it and waiting for it to hatch. That’s a great dad!
Here’s a great ABC Snack idea that will give you a chance to learn something about a very interesting animal while you munch on a delicious breakfast or lunch!
My little helper, Alyssa, had a great time making and eating her Emperor’s egg. Now it’s your turn!
Here’s what you’ll need to make two Emperor’s Eggs:
- 2 hard-boiled eggs
- 4 large black olives
- 3 baby carrots
- Red licorice rope
- Peel two hard-boiled eggs.
- Slice off the bottom of both eggs to create a flat surface.
- Cut two baby carrots in half lengthwise.
- Position carrot halves side by side to form the penguins’ feet.
- Position the eggs (flat side down) on the carrots and secure with toothpicks.
- Cut two black olives in half lengthwise.
- Use toothpicks to attach olive halves to the sides of the egg to form wings.
- Use a toothpick to attach a whole olive to the top of the egg with the hole facing forward.
- Cut two small pieces of carrot.
- Place carrot pieces in the olive hole to form the penguin’s beak.
- Wrap a piece of red licorice rope around the penguin’s neck to keep him warm!
- Be sure to remove your toothpicks before eating your Emperor’s Eggs!
Adapted from Taste of Home
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