I remember reading Mr. Popper’s Penguins in elementary school and being charmed by the absurdity. When Jim Carrey made a movie of it a few years ago I was worried about how close it would stay to the source material. Turns out I was right on that.
Get your Mr. Popper’s Penguins supplies
If you’re going to do this, you need the “supplies,” namely the book and movie. (Amazon links are affiliate links)
Mr. Popper loves all things Antarctic, and follows Captain Cook’s expeditions with a single-minded passion. One day he is quite surprised to receive a penguin in the mail. Eventually through various ways he has 10 penguins. Then the true shenanigans take place and Mr. Popper and his family take the penguins on tour around the country. It’s cute, it inspired my kids to want to learn more about penguins and Antarctica, and it made for lots of fun.
The movie on the other hand has some of the same names, and he does get penguins, but that’s about the only similarity.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins activities
I’ve had about 5 different penguin activities I’ve wanted to do ever since we read the Mr. Popper’s Penguins, but I’ve either not had the supplies, or something has gone wrong to keep us from doing it. Especially this egg carton penguins.
And now that I’m finally sharing all about our plans, the post has disappeared from every place I swore I shared it. EVERY place! I blame it on lack of sleep.
But here’s a few Mr. Popper’s Penguins discussion questions:
In the book Mr. Popper trained the penguins, what would you train the penguins to do?
How is the book different than the movie?
If you had penguins mailed to you, what would you name them?
If you had to earn money to support your pet penguins, what would you do?
How is the book the same as the movie?
What is your favorite scene in the book or the movie?
This particular night was rather heavy on sugary snacks, but since I’m not trying too hard for these to be healthy I’m okay with that. It’s also not quite as “pinterest worthy” because the kids write the labels now, but I’m okay with that too. My end goal for the kids’ education is for them to completely own it. This is a small step towards that.
This text has been approved by Princess who looked over my shoulder and read it.
Forgot to add about our week, like I try to do every Friday
This week we simulated public school at home, right down to walking to school and 20 minutes for lunch (I had some great suggestions on my facebook page for how to best do this). It was exhausting for everyone and today I decided not to do it because we were all very tired from waking up earlier.
But, good news of that week is I got lots of sewing done. I couldn’t do any of the other chores I usually do during our school day (grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning), but my sewing machine is in the school room/craft room. So, I finished up all details on my hoodie of awesomeness. I’m still debating about lining it, and if I will add the visors which look so cool on the inspiration piece. I also made 3 pouches for the kids while we’re at Disney World. They should hold a small water bottle, their wallet, and a few snacks per kid. It’s about the perfect size. And just this once I actually have steps of the whole planning process. Taken on my phone because I lost my camera somewhere. That generic somewhere in my house is my camera.