I read the Pippi Longstocking books over and over as a child. There’s something magical about them. I was inspired when I saw a Disney channel Pippi Longstocking movie, so having a Pippi Longstocking movie night with my kids was on my list of must-do items as we worked our way through the book and a movie list. Princess was totally on board with this having heard a few chapters at her best friend’s house, the boys got into the silliness of it once they started reading.
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Pippi Longstocking book
Pippi Longstocking is a character by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren and is absolutely delightful. She lives in her home with a monkey, and talks of her father coming back someday (I’m trying to remember if he does reappear or not, there are several books in the series. I think he appears in Pippi on the High Seas).
Pippi Longstocking has adventures with the local kids and the occasional burglar who tries to break in. They’re delightfully silly and lots of fun to read.
Pippi Longstocking movie night snacks
There are two different Pippi Longstocking movies. Unfortunately, when I was looking for one for our Pippi Longstocking movie night I did not get the one I remembered from childhood. No, I got a Swedish mini-series translated into English that was produced in the 1960s, I think. When I looked it up on Amazon so many people talked about having wonderful childhood memories of it. We did not enjoy this version, it was funny, but not for the reasons they were trying to be. The translations were not particularly good, and the acting was quite silly.
For your version of the Pippi Longstocking movie night watch this 1990s Pippi Longstocking. It captures the whimsical nature of the Pippi Longstocking books so much better.
For the snacks, I asked the kids and they came up with a fun assortment. The books describe an assortment of foods Pippi and the kids eat, so we read about a wide variety of just simple foods in the books from eggs to water to fish. They also came up with more snack ideas than I actually made, so if you’re a subscriber to my newsletter you’ll find more snacks than I have pictures.
- First, we had a variety of cold cuts, cheeses, and breads to make sandwiches for the special picnic Pippi went on. But for the more amusing snacks….
- Pippi’s braids- red licorice
- eggs- because Pippi cooked them once, we used Robin’s egg candy (this is a terrible price, but gives you an idea of what to look for, I buy extra at Easter and throw them in the freezer)
- fish- rainbow goldfish because its’ Sweden, of course, there’s quite a bit about fish
- cupcakes- we made mini chocolate cupcakes
- peppermint sticks- I found a bag of peppermint pretzels because it was Christmas time, any other time of the year I’d use actual peppermint sticks
- monkey- animal crackers (I would have preferred circus animals because extra frosting, but we had quite a lot of candy there)
- chocolate bars- mini chocolates probably left from Halloween
In the printable, there are several more suggestions you can use, including a couple of fruits and some drinks, but the kids accidentally ate the fruit before we watched the movie… Oops.
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Natalie PlanetSmarty says
I also liked that book when I was a kid, but Karlsson on the Roof was my favorite!