The beauty and incredible balance of nature captivates us once again. This time through the story of Steve and Adélie. A pair of penguins that are sure to win over our hearts and teach us about the circle of life and remind us of the importance of conservation. To celebrate their story, told via Disneynature’s Penguin movie, we go into recycle mode and make DIY Penguin Magnets! Plus, catch out Disney Nature Penguins Movie Review.
DIY Penguin Magnets
Reduce, reduce, recycle! This always valid moto gets a new meaning when we get inspired to step up our conservation efforts for the planet. Disney Nature’s latest movie Penguins got us creating a fun and easy Penguin craft. A fun activity to do with the little ones!
- bottle caps
- googly eyes
- orange foam
- glue / glue gun
- paint (black and white)
- Clean your bottle caps
- Paint a round white circle in the lower bottom of the bottle cap
- Surround the white circle with a black one. Let dry.
- While it dries, cut our a triangle and two feet shapes per bottle cap for the beak and feet of your penguin.
- Glue the googly eyes, nose, and feet of the penguin with glue or a glue gun. If using a glue gun, kids should let the adult do it.
- Next glue your magnet to the back of the bottle top. And now you are ready to use your new magnets!
Cool mom tip: we didn’t do the white circle because my little one gave himself creative liberties with the steps. You can, but as you can see it makes for a better finish if you do 🙂
Cool Disney Nature Penguins Movie Facts
Here are some cool fun facts that help us understand the movie a bit better:
- Penguins are named after the wife of French explorer Jules Dumont d’Urville, is who discovered the species in 1840. He named the species after his wife: Adélie.
- These penguins are smaller than the Emperor Penguins which are found in the Antártic. Nevertheless, the Adélies make up for their size with their big temperaments.
- They live in large colonies and males help their mates year-round.
- For the breeding season, males prepare nests of stones. This starts around September.
Penguin Movie Review
What stands out in the story
I must admit I will always be biased. As good as Disneynature movies can be, or their intention, Bear is the movie that captivated my heart. That said, Penguins is full of heart. A great story about becoming parents for the first time. In particular, how Steve prepares for his fatherhood journey and in his attempts attracts his mate. Parents will be nodding their heads in agreements a few times as our couple embarks on their adventure. Best of all is the shared parental responsibilities we get to witness. A rarety in the animal kingdom.
What to expect
You are sure to feel the heart of the movie. Feisty personalities make the cut and it sure complements the serene breathtaking scenography. You have never seen this much of this white land. Plus, you get to enjoy some cool underwater shots since the penguins spend so much time in the water. True to its life adventure nature, this movie has some scary moments. Read that as the predator has arrived. Yes, the circle of life is clearly in play here. Like we have gotten used to, humor and heart make an appearance in the Disney nature movie as well. I have to admit, it is a well-told story, but not in my top 5 Disney nature movies. The little ones were captivated. But, the ones over 10 were a bit bored and wanted more out of the story. Nothing like Born in China for them. Despite that, I do appreciate the conservation undertones and the efforts to save our planet behind the launch of the movie.
About Disneynature Penguin Movie
Disneynature’s all-new feature film “Penguins” is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after.
Watch Penguins and Help Conservation
“Penguins” continues Disneynature’s conservation tradition: for every ticket sold opening week (April 17-23, 2019), Disneynature will make a donation to the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) to help protect penguins across the southern hemisphere. Founded in 2002, WCN invests in a select network of on-the-ground conservationists, including top experts in the field of penguins like the Global Penguin Society (GPS). The worldwide leader in science-based penguin conservation, GPS champions specific programs that align with Disneynature’s conservation mission. Conservation is a key pillar of the label and the films empower the audience to help make a difference, with each film supporting wildlife featured in the films.
Make sure you get your tickets for opening day, April 17th.
If you are looking for another DisneyNature movie, here is what we think about Monkey Kingdom. How will you mark Disneynature’s Penguins? Will you make the DIY Penguin Magnets? Are you ready to up your conservation efforts?