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Pigs for Kids
This Little Piggy
Pigs are much loved by children of all ages. Somehow most of us are drawn to these amazing creatures, often without quite knowing why.
This lens reminds us of some those famous pig characters and stories that are loved by children the world over.
The earliest reference I have found to pigs in childrens play being the nursery rhyme and fingerplay - "This little piggy" which is believed to have originated in the early 18th century
This Little Piggy Finger Puppets.
This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none,
And this little piggy went...
"Wee wee wee" all the way home...
Set includes four finger puppets
Features plush filling throughout
Promote interactive play and creative expression
For ages 3 and above
Did you know that pigs don't sweat, which is why they wallow in mud...to keep cool.
The Three Little Pigs
An all time favourite fairy tale involving pigs is "The Three Little Pigs" which was first published in the 1840s.
Most people will remember the now famous words from the Wolf and the pigs as he threatened to blow the pigs houses down...
"Little pig, little pig, let me come in!"
"Not by the hair on my chinny -chin-chin."
"Then I'll huff and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in."
An illustration by Leonard Leslie Brooke.
The Three Little Pigs video - Looney Tunes
A Looney Tunes interpretation of the story.
Did you know that pigs can run a 7 minute mile.
Piglet - best friend of Winnie the Pooh
First appearing in 1926, Piglet is small, stuttering, but brave...the only animal in the forest to have seen an Heffalump.
Piglet appears in almost all of the Winnie the Pooh stories.
His favourite food is haycorns.
In spite of his timid nature and small stature, Piglet rises to any challenge
Did you know that Pigs are believed to be very intelligent and are able to learn very quickly. Often said to pick up tricks quicker than dogs. In terms of intelligence, they are reputed to be ranked fourth behind Chimpanzees, dolphins and elephants.
source - wikipedia
Porky Pig - Looney Tunes
Porky Pig first appeared in "Porky's Moving Day" and became one of the first big animated stars. Even today, Porky Pig has a huge following.
He is a wise, if somewhat shy pig. Often wanting to do the sensible thing when all around him is chaos.
His famous catch phrase was "Th-th-th-that's all folks!"
First introduced in 1937, Petunia Pig was the girlfriend of Porky Pig.
Petunia was not as popular as Porky Pig and was a short lived character.
Although in 2004 Patricia Pig made a come back looking somewhat different sporting a brand new hair style
Did you know that the average lifespan of a pig is between 9 and 14 years.
Tom, Tom, the Pipers son.
Stole a pig and away did run.
The pig was eat, and Tom was beat,
Till he run crying down the street.
What a Pig - what an attitude!!!
One of the main Muppet Show characters.
This muppet star with a love / hate relationship for Kermit Frog has a cult following.
During the 1970s Miss Piggy became even more famous than the love of her life - Kermit the Frog.
Love her or loathe her - you can't ignore her....
The Pig who wanted to be a sheep dog.
Babe is a shy Yorkshire piglet who discovers he can be anything he wants to be. He meets Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) and a barnyard full of captivating characters. With the help of his friends, the heroic little piglet is headed for the challenge of his life in this endearing and fun-filled tale.
The fun continues when Babe and his friends head to the city to raise money to save the farm. Babe’s kind and steady heart achieves miracles in these enduring and fun-filled tales the whole family will love.
Chinese Year of the pig
People born in the "Year of the Pig" (every 12th year) -
13th February to 1983 to 1 February 1984,
31 Jan 1997 to 18 Feb 1998,
16 Feb 2007 to 6 Feb 2008,
5 Feb 2019 to 24 Jan 2020,
2031 - 2032,
2043 to 2044,
2055 to 2056 .
Children born in the year of the pig will be very fortunate as they will be happy and honest.
A modern Christmas take on the Three Little Pigs...
Pinky and Perky
First broadcast by the BBC in 1957, they were regularly seen on BBC Television through to 1968.
It was often difficult to tell the difference between Pinky and Perky. Pinky wore red clothes and often a hat whilst Perky wore blue clothes.
I have fond memories of these two little pigs and their high pitched singing.
Pinky and Perky singing
Pumbaa from the Lion King.
Pimbaa means "careless" in Swahili. Kids love this pig with his comical antics and musical skill.
Higglety, pigglety pop!
The dog has eaten the mop;
The pig's in a hurry,
The cat's in a flurry,
Higglety, pigglety pop!
Peter Pig is a Disney cartoon character from the 1930s.
He made his debut in the "The Wise Little Hen." This character never really took off, although Peter Pig did make occasional appearances.
Why not take part in my Piggy Poll
What I like best about Piggy Characters are......
To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig;
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.
Gub Gub Pig
From Dr Dolittle
Gub Gub is the pig from a 1932 book in the Dr Dolittle series.
In the book, Gub Gub attempts to write an encyclopedia of food.
Piggy Hamhock is always hungry. From a 1937 Merry Melodies cartoon
from the animated movie - Toy Story
First appearing in Toy Story, then Toy Story 2, Hamm - the piggy bank - is a minor character, but incredibly cute and loved by children everywhere.