Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Fast and Easy Extension Activities for Mr. Popper’s Penguins

by Richard and Florence Atwater



For this one, I have various activities spaced throughout, and many of them can be done with the whole book, so look ahead to pick and choose which ones you want to use.  I thought about putting them all at once, in the beginning, so if you prefer that, let me know, and I can change up the format.  

Chapter 1: 

Chapter 2

  • Arctic vs. Antarctic Song (by 3-2-1 Contact) (1 minute)
  • Hang some pictures of penguins on your wall. Just google “penguin photographs” and find all kinds of awesome art that can be turned into wall hangings for the duration of the book.  
  • While I didn’t find any scintillating videos of Sir Francis Drake online, I did find a rather interesting and fun video by a child at the South Pole with lots of penguin talk. (24 minutes)
  • Call the radio station and have them announce your child’s name at a particular time. Pretend you are listening to music and wait for them to announce their name over the air.  

Chapter 3: 

Chapter 4:

  • Explore your house from a penguin’s point of view. Crawl around and get down lower to the ground, and try to imagine what a penguin might find interesting.  

Chapter 5: 

Chapter 6: 

Chapter 7:

  • Explore around your house to find things a penguin might use to make a nest.  

 Chapter 8: 

  • Go sledding, sliding, or tobogganing. 
  • Pretend to interview your child (or have your child interview you) about something unusual or unique you may have, a family pet, or a story about your past.  

Chapter 9: 

Chapter 10: 

Chapter 11: 

Chapter 12: 

  • Talking about the Penguins and their food made me think of food, so here are a bunch of different penguin-themed snacks you can make, some healthier than others. 😉

Chapter 13: 

Chapter 14: 

Chapter 15: 

Chapter 16: 

Chapter 17: 

Chapter 18: 

Chapter 19: 

Chapter 20: 



  • Disney Plus has Mr. Popper’s Penguin, the movie. However, do not expect it to match the book.
  • Happy Feet (and part 2)
  • March of the Penguins
  • The Christian animated series 3-2-1 Penguins! (not about real penguins)



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