Did You Know? 5 Fun Pig-Themed Things for Kids to Learn this Week

January 6, 2022

What do Peppa, Babe, and Wilbur all have in common? They're fun-loving pop culture icons in PIG form! It's easy to fall in love with our favorite pigs in books and movies, and it's even easier to adore them in real life because of their sweet, social, and smart nature. Studies have shown that pigs are more intelligent than most domesticated animals (including dogs!) and can even outperform 3-year-old human beings on cognition tests.

Here are five other fun pig-themed things to teach your kids this week:

1. A silly joke.

It's true what they say... "laughter is the best medicine!" Here's a silly pig joke that may make you snort and squeal with delight.

How do pigs get to the hospital? They ride in the hambulance.

2. A new vocabulary word.

According to Grammarly, the shortest, oldest, and most commonly used word is "I." The English language has come a long way since then, and this week we've got a fun word for you to add to your lexicon.

What does "higgledy-piggledy" mean? Higgledy-piggledy is a word to describe the disorderly or confusing way of doing things. Don't peek in my art supply cabinet... everything has been thrown in higgledy-piggledy.

3. A word puzzle.

Stretch your brain with a fun rebus puzzle. To solve a rebus, consider not just the words, but the placement, size, color, and quantity of everything within the box (and sometimes just outside the box!) when trying to decipher the message. 

4. A fun fact.

When was the last time you thought about the origin of a common household object? Here's a fun fact that will impress audiences old and young!

Did you know that the idea of piggy banks started from a lump of clay in the Middle Ages? Potters used a special orange-colored clay called pygg to create specialized money banks. These "pygg pots" evolved over time, and in the 19th century, designers started making pig-shaped banks out of pygg. Today, in some countries, piggy banks are given as gifts as good luck charms for the coming year. Want to learn more about piggy banks? Check out 5 fun facts about piggy banks from CBC Kids.

5. Teach a personal discovery.

Learning about yourself can help you better understand the people around you... especially if they're talking in a secret language. 

What is your name in Pig Latin?

Although it has nothing to do with actual pigs, this widely-known pseudo-language is quick to learn and can be used for turning simple conversations into coded messages. You'll want to learn a few Pig Latin rules to get started or play around with a Pig Latin Translator to test out specific words and phrases.

Examples: Elvis Presley becomes Elvisyay Esleypray. Zendaya becomes Endayazay. Justin Bieber becomes Ustinjay Ieberbay.

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin

Did you learn something new? Now's the time to pass that knowledge on! Be sure to come back next week for another five FUN things to teach your kids.