Pingu Breaks a Vase is the twelfth episode of the third season which was broadcast on August 31st, 1995.


While Mum has gone out, Pingu and Pinga have an oppertunity to set up their own play house, by arranging the dining-room chairs in the middle of the room and placing a big sheet over the top of them. To raise the roof, Pingu puts the broom on top of one of the chairs and props it up against the top of the sheet.

Now that their play house is all set up, Pingu fetches the toys and some cushions. But there is not enough room to play about in and their play house collapses on them. As they often do in a situation like this, Pingu and Pinga argue about who is to blame. Then Pinga throws a cushion at Pingu's head; Pingu picks it up again chases after her little sister. Then there's trouble: Pingu throws the cushion at towards Pinga, Pinga hides under the table and the cushion knocks a blue vase off the sideboard and sends it smashing all over the floor.

Just as Pingu and Pinga start arguing again about who is to blame about breaking the vase, they realise it is 5 o'clock and that Dad will be home from work soon. So they start to quickly get the house back to normal, by putting chairs back where they belong, putting the cushions and sheet away, propping the broom back up against the wall and getting the toys back into the toybox. Pingu quickly and carefully puts the remains of the broken vase into a cloth, which he then ties up in a knot and hides in the wardrobe. Pingu tells Pinga to keep quiet about the whole incident and Pinga promises that she will.

Just then Dad comes home from work with a bunch of flowers. He hands them to Pinga and then goes to put them in the vase, but it is not in its normal place. He asks his young pengiuns if they know what happened to the vase, but they appear cluless. Dad searches everywhere, but the vase is nowhere to be seen. Then suddenly, Dad spots a small blue broken fragment. Pinga realises that there is no way out now; they will have to tell the truth and show Dad where the rest of the vase is. When Dad finds the bag of vase fragments in the wardrobe, he looks sternly over at Pingu who bursts into tears. Dad can see how sorry Pingu is, so he tries to find an alternative for the broken vase. He uses up the last gherkin in the pickle jar uses the jar to put the flowers in. This cheers Pingu up straight away and they all think the flowers look beautiful in their new container on the table.

Then Mum comes home. Pingu stares hard at Pinga to make sure she does not tell Mum about the broken vase. But Pingu is shocked when Pinga breaks her promise. Pingu realises he should have known better than to trust Pinga to keep a promise; it is lucky for him that his parents see the funny side of it.



Pinga's eyes shrunk 1

Pinga's shrinking eyes.

  • In the shot where Pingu and Pinga see the collapsed vase, Pinga's eyes shrink for 1 second. This is the first time this happens. It later happens again in Pingu Teases Pinga.


  • After close up of Dad holding the flowers, he is standing further back towards the front door.
  • The broken piece of vase appears out of nowhere.


Pingu Episodes
Season 1
Hello, Pingu · Pingu Looks After the Egg · The New Arrival · Pingu Goes Fishing · Pingu Delivers the Mail · Jealousy · Hide and Seek · Lost Baby · Pingu Plays Fish Tennis · Barrel of Fun · Ice Hockey · Pingu and Pinga Stay Up · Skiing · Pingu Runs Away · Building Igloos · Music Lessons · Pingu's Ice Cave · Sledging · Little Accidents · School Time · Grandpa is Ill · Pingu's Circus · Pingu and the Barrel Organ · Noise · Pingu and Pinga at Home · Pingu's Dream
Season 2
Pingu at the Doctor's · Pingu's Admirer · Pingu and the Seagull · Pingu Goes Ice Surfing · Pingu's First Kiss · Pingu's Curling Game · Pingu the Icicle Musician · Pingu the Chef · Pingu's Family Celebrate Christmas · Pingu Goes Away · Pingu the Photographer · Pingu's New Kite · Pingu and the Many Packages · Pingu the Conjurer's Apprentice · Pingu's Birthday · Pingu at the Funfair · Pingu the Babysitter · Pingu Cannot Lose · Pingu and the Game of Fish · Pingu Gets a Bicycle · Pingu's Visit to the Hospital · Pingu on the School Excursion · Pingu and Pinga at the Kindergarten · Pingu and the Strangers · Pingu Helps His Mother · Pingu Builds a Snowman
Season 3
Pingu Goes Cross Country Skiing · Pingu's Museum Visit · Pingu's Grandpa Comes to Stay · Pingu's Long Journey · Pingu Pretends to be Ill · Pingu the Painter · Pingu's Trick · Pingu and the Mother Bird · Pingu Quarrels With His Mother · Pingu and the Message in a Bottle · Pingu Has an Idea · Pingu Breaks a Vase · Pingu and the Paper Plane · Pingu Takes Revenge · Pingu Makes a Mistake · Pingu and the Toy · Pingu the Superhero · Pingu and the Fishing Competition · Pingu and the Letter · Pingu Feels Left Out · Pingu Wins First Prize · Pingu and the Ghost · Pingu and the Postcard · Pingu's Discovery · Pingu Steals · Pingu and the Lost Ball
Season 4
Pingu's Disadvantage · Pingu Refuses To Help · Pingu the Mountaineer · Pingu and the Big Fish · Pingu Shows What He Can Do · Pingu Clears the Snow · Pingu Has a Day Off · Pingu the Archer · Pingu Gets a Warning · Pingu and the Magnet · Pingu Gets Help · Pingu in Paradise · Pingu's Dangerous Joke · Pingu the Pilot · Pingu Teases Pinga · Pingu's Wish · Pingu is Curious · Pingu Gets Organised · Pingu Builds a Tower · Pingu the King · Pingu the Baker · Pingu and the Doll · Pingu Helps Grandfather · Pingu Has a Bad Day · Pingu Loses the Bet · Pingu and His Cup
Season 5
Pingu's Bouncy Fun · Pingu Finishes the Job · Pingu Digs a Hole · Pingi's Valentine Card · Pingu Wants to Fly · Pingu's Windy Day · Pinga's Lost Rabbit · Pingu's Moon Adventure · Pinga Sleepwalks · Pingu the Snowboarder · Pinga has Hiccups · Like Father Like Pingu · Pingu's Ice Sculpture · Pinga's Balloon · Pingu and the Knitting Machine · Pingu's Balancing Act · Pingu Gets Lost · Pingu and Pinga Go Camping · Stinky Pingu · Pingu and the Band · Pingu and the Snowball · Pingu Sticks Up · Pingu and the Doorbell · Pingu Plays Tag · Pingu's Pancakes · Pingu's Bedtime Shadows
Season 6
Pingu's Sledge Academy · Pingu and the Hose · Pottery Pingu · Pingu and the Litter · Mother's New Hat · Poor Pinga · Pinga in a Box · Pingu and the Present · Pingu and the Toyshop · Pingu and the Paper Mache · Sore Tummy Pingu · Pingu Gets Carried Away · Pingu and the School Pet · Pampering Pingu · Green-Eyed Pingu · Pingu Wraps Up · Pingu and the Fish Flute · Pingu Boogaloo · Pingu and the Daily Igloo · Pingu and the Rubberband Plane · Pingu and the Braces · Pingu's Big Catch · Pingu and the New Scooter · Pingu and the Paint · Pingu Makes a Big Splash · Pingu and the Abominable Snowman
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