You may or may not know that Apollo is rather obsessed with penguins right now. I don’t know what started it, but his interest is growing daily. The last couple of times we have gone to the library, we have come home with stacks of penguin books. Perusing penguin books one day, my eyes fell upon Mr. Popper’s Penguins…which made me remember the movie Mr. Popper’s Penguins (<— contains a bit of crude humor). I’m no Jim Cary fan, but I remembered the movie being pretty funny when we watched it a few years ago. So, I hatched the plan to surprise Apollo with a Mr. Popper’s Penguin Party for our family movie night.
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I have to confess…I kind of ran out of time and our party turned into an Eat Yummy Penguin Themed Snacks For Dinner While You Watch A Movie Night. But you know what? The kids loved it and I don’t think they even noticed the difference.
Penguin Party Foods:
Goldfish crackers. Or if you’re lucky, you can find off-brand Penguin crackers like I did!
Teddy Grahams. You know, because polar bears like to eat penguins. Or something like that.
Swedish Fish. Because penguins eat fish. Only Swedish Fish are way better than the slimy ones found in the ocean. Except for smoked salmon. Yum.
Snack Mix. Just be sure to label it Krill Mix.
Apple Sauce Pouches. AKA: Regurgitated penguin food. That is, after all, how the mama and daddy penguins feed their babies. By regurgitation; not apple sauce pouches.
Juice Pouches. AKA Seaweed Slurpees.
Cheese Cake: Or, a floating iceberg. Cover with your little penguin friends and some Swedish Fish and you are set!
Jalapeno Poppers: Mr. Penguin’s Poppers. So yummy!
The kids were delighted and I was delighted for an easy dinner. If you can call it dinner. Which we did.
Here are a few of our favorite penguin books:
364 Penguins by JeanpLuc Fromental
This story begins when a single penguin arrives in the mail. One penguin is manageable. But what if a penguin a day for a year arrived? Then you might have a bit of a problem. That is what this 365 Penguins is about. This book is oversized and has large black, white and orange illustrations. My favorite part is the math concepts that are covered as the family tries stacking, sorting and organizing a growing number of penguins.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
We read this book aloud a few years ago and the kids loved it! It follows the Popper family who raises a brood of penguins and tells about the adventures they have. Funny, short and easy to read out loud.
A Mother’s Journey by Sandra Markle
I love the beautiful paintings in this book! A Mother’s Journey follows a penguin mother as she leaves her mate and egg behind and goes on her journey to find fish and eventually come back and join her family. Apollo and I both enjoyed this book together.
We did brainstorm a few game ideas such as Pin the Penguin on the Iceberg and a balloon popping game, but we didn’t actually get around to playing them. Are you wondering why no children are in these photos? That’s because I took pictures before we started then put my camera down so I could be mom instead of photographer.
Have you read Mr. Popper’s Penguins? How do you think it compared to the book?