Who doesn’t love Mary Poppins? If you’ve only seen the movie, I definitely recommend reading the book with your kiddos. The movie has more plot, but if you go at the book like each chapter is its own short story, you won’t be disappointed.
Raising kids should be fun, and kids should have fun. This book has that in spades. Which makes it a pleasure to teach from.
Mary Poppins Activities
Mary Poppins inspires the imaginations of children all over the world. Who wouldn’t want to go to the zoo and see the animals walking around viewing humans in cages? What child wouldn’t think it a blast to have tea on the ceiling? Or to watch stars get placed in the sky?
These incredible stories also offer up plenty of educational opportunities.
Watch Saving Mr. Banks and research the real story of Disney getting the rights to Mary Poppins.
The book is set in Edwardian England circa 1914. Study the Edwardian era. This could even lead to a study of the beginnings of WWI.
Study the countries the Banks children visit on their trip around the world.
Do a study of the animals in the zoo. You might find some good units in my free resources.
Mary Poppins comes in on a strong wind from the east and when the wind changes, she leaves the Banks children to go where it will take her. A wind/weather study is a brilliant tie-in.
Do a moon study. In fact, study the stars. Go outside and view the night sky.
Use chalk pastels to create the merry-go-round scene inside the pavement.
Better yet, grab your sidewalk chalk and go be a pavement artist outside.
I know. You were expecting a craft tutorial. But the cool thing about cooking as a reading extension is not only does it teach a life skill, it pulls in some math lessons. So let’s make Mrs. Corry’s Gingerbread. Because yum.
What you need:
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened, plus extra for pan
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- 3/4 cup molasses
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2tsp ground ginger
- 1/8-1/4 cup powdered sugar
What you do:
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Butter and lightly flour a 9×12 cake pan
- Cream 1/2 cup butter
- Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy
- Add eggs and mix well
- Add boiling water and molasses and blend
- In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and ginger
- Add flour mixture to molasses mixture and mix thoroughly
- Pour into prepared cake pan
- Bake 35-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean
- Cool in pan for about 5 minutes
- Remove to wire rack to cool completely
- Sift powdered sugar over gingerbread and slice
That is one easy peasy gingerbread recipe. And I can’t even tell you how yummy it is.
Did I tell you Mary Poppins provides awesome educational opportunities?
If you didn’t catch the activities for January-July, check out:
- Winnie-the-Pooh’s Very Useful Pot
- Black Beauty’s Felt Childhood Meadow
- Little House on the Prairie’s Craft Stick Log Cabin
- Robinson Crusoe’s Island Journal
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’s Craft Stick Characters
- The Wind in the Willows Summer/Winter Riverside Art Project
- To Kill a Mockingbird Boo Radley Knothole Tree