We are celebrating Pippi Longstocking’s 75th birthday this year! We give her a lot of credit for not looking a day over 9! Enjoy these activities as you celebrate Pippi with your family!
Who is Pippi Longstocking?
Pippi Longstocking, the strongest girl in the world, has the full name of Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim’s Daughter Longstocking. She is most famous for her bright red hair worn in braids that stick out sideways from her head.
Pippi lives in a small Swedish village, and shares her house, Villa Villekulla, with her pet monkey, Mr. Nilsson, and her horse, Old Man, but no adults or relatives. She is good friends the two children that live next door, Tommy and Annika Settergren. Mrs. Settergren often disapproves of Pippi’s poor manners and lack of education, but Pippi loves her friendship with Tommy and Annika and would never put them in danger.
Even though she only went to school for one day, Pippi is very intelligent and has a good sense of what is and is not fair. Sometimes she makes bullies and unkind adults look like fools if she doesn’t think they are being respectful or fair.
Since Pippi doesn’t live with any adults, she sometimes does things differently than the rest of us, like washing the floor by strapping brushes to her feet and skating around the room or sleeping upside down on her bed, with her feet on her pillow. She also likes to go on journeys and collect treasures that she puts in her thingfinder box.
Make your own Pippi Longstocking braids
To look like Pippi, all you need is some red or orange yarn and a headband!
- Cut yarn in 20-24 inch pieces. You will need about 15-20 pieces per braid.
- Take the yarn (15-20 pieces) for one braid and find the center. Tie it in a knot in the center of the yarn onto the side of the headband. Do the same for the other braid.
- You will now have two pig tails. Braid each pig tail. If you braid it very tightly, the braid will stick up. Tie the ends off with a spare piece of yarn.
- You can also braid a pipe cleaner into the yarn. This will make the braids flexible and will allow you to position them however you’d like.
Make your own crazy socks!
We did this project during our day camp at the Museum a few years back and they turned out great! You can make really colorful designs and have awesome Pippi-worthy socks! (via juggling with kids)
If you don’t have a pair of socks to color you can color this page instead. Click here to print a coloring page.
Pippi Loves Games!
Play the game below with friends. You will need a die, tokens to move across the board, 20 coins per player plus 10 extra coins (you can use pennies or you can make your own out of paper). Place the 10 extra coins off to the side. Follow the directions on the game board. Add and remove coins from the extra pile as needed. When all players reach the end, count your coins. The winner is the person who has the most coins at the end of the game.
Don’t Touch the Floor
Create a start and a finish point in a room. Your goal is to get from one end to the other, without touching the floor! It’s OK to make little “islands” to jump on for yourself out of things from around your house.
Become a Thingfinder!
Pippi is the best at thingfinding. Anyone can be a thingfinder! It’s really easy to do. Grab a box or bag and go outside for a walk. Along the way, look for things! Collect them in your container. When you get home, make up a new use for the items! Let’s say you found a rubberband- you wouldn’t call it a rubberband, you might say that it is a belt for a squirrel! Another way to play is to make up a brand new word for an object. That’s not a pine cone, it’s a thoodleup! Then tell what a thoodleup is used for. Remember, only collect things that don’t belong to someone else!
Pippi likes to be a thingfinder. Can you be a wordfinder? Click here for a word finding game.
Cook like Pippi!
Like most Swedes, Pippi makes gingerbread cookies for Christmas. Pippi also question why things have to made a certain time of year. If we like the cookies, why not eat them in the middle of summer?!? Here you can learn how to make your own pepparkakor!
To learn how to make pancakes like Pippi check out this website!
For more Pippi related crafts and activities click here.
Find Pippi books, toys, and more in our Museum Store!