National Pig Day

“This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed at home. This little piggy had roast beef, this little piggy had none. And this little piggy went “Wee! Wee! Wee!” all the way home.” ~Mother Goose

March 1st is National Pig Day! Mostly celebrated in the American Midwest, this special day was created in 1972 to give the pig recognition for being “one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.”

Learn about different types of domestic pigs here. Learn about wild pigs of the world here.

Did You Know…? The collared peccary, or javelina, is the only pig native to the Americas. Although similar in appearance to Old World pigs, peccaries are classified in a family of their own

Listen to pig sounds here.

Have you ever seen a pig sing? Check out this scene from Babe –  it’s only 17 seconds long and you can watch it here. For another heartwarming tale, watch Charlotte’s Web (2006) about a little pig named Wilbur.

You might also go to the library and check out the children’s book Charlotte’s Web, or the young adult novel A Day No Pigs Would Die, about a boy who develops a bond with his pet pig.

High school students and adults can read Animal Farm online, the political satire in which pigs take control of the farm and one of them becomes dictator.

For little kids, there is The Story of the Three Little Pigs online at the Library of Congress.

And who doesn’t love Piglet, the adorable little pig from Winnie The Pooh? Here is a brief clip of Piglet to the Rescue!

Click here and here for an assortment of printable pig coloring pages. Or kids can have fun doing some pig coloring pages online!

Finally, look at all these cute pig crafts that you can make!

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