10 Documentaries & Animated Movies for Earth Day

10 Documentaries & Animated Movies for Earth Day

These 10 animated movies, feature films & documentaries for families, children & the classroom are perfect for Earth Day or teaching kids about environmental themes and issues!

Our kids were born into a world of endangered animals and environmental issues.

They will grow up recycling, reducing their carbon footprint and learning how to preserve natural lands and protect animal species.

But some of the environmental issues we face -- climate change, biodiversity and conservation -- can be difficult to explain to children. 

While we can teach our children to recycle, conserve natural resources and tread lightly on the land, many of these global issues will be better understood as they get older.

However, it's important to introduce how kids can make a difference in the world at a young age.  One easy way to begin the conversation is to use great kids movies - animated, feature films & documentaries - to help them learn about a variety of environmental issues.

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Earth Day Activities: Free Printable Scavenger Hunt

Earth Day Activities: Free Printable Scavenger Hunt

Grab this free Earth Day Scavenger Hunt printable activity and inspire kids to learn more about our environment!

April is a great time to teach our kids about going green, eco-friendly behaviors and ways they can help the environment.

When we were young, environmental issues weren't as well discussed or researched -- now, our kids learn about them in school as part of the curriculum and are inspired to do small things that will benefit the Earth.

Today's activity -- an Earth Day (or Month) Scavenger Hunt -- mixes both the How & Why of choosing to 'go green'!

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Tornado in a Bottle Science Experiment

Tornado in a Bottle Science Experiment

Upcycle items from around the house for this easy tornado in a bottle science experiment!

Sometimes an activity can introduce us to something that we aren't able to experience in real life and today's science project does just that!

Spring brings all kinds of weather across the country and one of the worst types of storms are tornadoes.

Living in Kansas, we've had to duck-and-cover quite a few times, huddling in the basement until the storm sirens sound the all clear but thankfully, we have never been caught in a tornado!

But kids will be kids and ask all those great questions -- 'how do tornadoes start?' and 'what makes them so dangerous?' so we thought we'd take a closer look at these storms by creating our own tornado in a bottle!

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9 Plant & Garden STEM Activities

9 Plant & Garden STEM Activities

Explore some science & math in the garden with these great plant activities!

Gardening is the perfect way to inspire kids to explore botany (the study of flowers & plants), habitats and pollination.

It's also a wonderful family activity since everyone can get involved in planting, growing and harvesting from your own backyard.

Even if you don't have the time or space for a full-blown garden, your kids would enjoy starting some flowers and veggies in a few posts on your porch.  And these STEM activities are a wonderful way to learn while you grow!

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Easter Egg Hunt Clues {with free printable!}

Easter Egg Hunt Clues {with free printable!}

Set up your own DIY Easter Egg Hunt with free printable clues that can be used in any home!

When I was younger, Easter was a big family holiday for us -- lots of people over to the house, a HUGE family dinner and new Easter outfits.

But my favorite part of the whole day was the Easter egg hunt!  I looked forward to it more than the cool stuff in my Easter basket!

My mom would round up a handful of pennies, nickels and dimes (+ one quarter) from my father and distribute the money into a dozen or so plastic eggs. 

Then she would hide them around the house and let my sister, brother & I know they were hidden.

That was all it took -- we would hunt and search like crazy! 

Oh, to find the egg with the quarter (that was a lot of money for a kid way back when ;) 

Now we live far away from our family so Easter is more of a quiet holiday -- no big meal and it's  just our immediate family but every year, I do an egg hunt for our kids.  

 

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Outdoor Science: Biodiversity for Kids

Outdoor Science: Biodiversity for Kids

A fun outdoor science activity that let's you measure the biodiversity of living things in your backyard ecosystem!

Many times, you'll hear kids say "hey, there's a bird!" or "this is the tallest tree in our yard!"

This activity takes it one step further to inspire kids to notice the DIFFERENT types of trees, plants, animals and insects that live right outside their window!

And for today's activity, we're partnering with an awesome group of blogs for Storybook Science - projects that connect picture books to science activities for kids!

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17 Everyday Math Activities for Kids

17 Everyday Math Activities for Kids

These everyday math activities are the perfect way to introduce hands-on math ideas to kids!

Do you know today is?

March 14th...

3/14...

3.14

Ring a bell at all?

Ok, how about if you flash back to high school math class?

Yes, that's it -- Today is Pi Day!

And Pi Day is a great time to get your kids more keen on how math is part of our daily lives.

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St Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt {printable list!}

St Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt {printable list!}

Grab a copy of this printable St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt list and challenge your kids to find their 'pot o' gold'!

Almost anyone will tell you that you don't have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day ;)

While we have our favorite books and movies about the holiday, and love a good parade as much as anyone, there's also another fun way to enjoy this holiday --

hunting for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow!

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Early Spring Scavenger Hunt

Early Spring Scavenger Hunt

Head out on an early Spring Scavenger Hunt with this free printable activity and look for signs of Spring!

I so hope Spring is coming soon! 

We are really in the mood for more outdoor time without all the snow boots and heavy coats. 

In hopes of warmer temperatures, we've put together an early spring scavenger hunt list for kids to encourage them to get out and discover what nature looks like as spring approaches. 

So grab a light jacket & head outside to explore the season!

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20 Rainbow Craft Ideas for Kids

20 Rainbow Craft Ideas for Kids

Enjoy these 20 easy Rainbow Crafts for Kids -- perfect for Spring & St. Patrick's Day!

Nothing says "Spring" like the colors of the rainbow!

And while it's fun to pull out the crayons to make a rainbow, we often prefer something with a tactile or sensory component when we're crafting or creating art. 

Like our Fall Texture Art projects for kids , today's activities all involve something more than just coloring on paper. 

So let's get creative with rainbow colors that 'pop'!

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15 Animal Math Activities

15 Animal Math Activities

Fun animal-themed math games and activities that helps kids learn counting, sorting, graphing & measurement skills!

Math has always been an issue at our house.

My son LOVES math!  We were constantly looking for fun ways to expand on different math concepts that he enjoyed because he was always working ahead in that area.

Now my daughter -- NOT a lover of traditional math at all :)

Worksheets & math books make her cringe.

But she really enjoys hands-on activities and reading so my goal has always been to find interesting ways to engage her (read that: trick her, as she would say) into doing more math.

Math is one of those things that requires daily practice -- BUT it doesn't have to be the boring do-a-worksheet kind of practice. 

There are a lot of fun ways to integrate math into fun activities so kids are not only learning but also having a great time while they play!

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55 Spring Science Activities for Kids

55 Spring Science Activities for Kids

Explore science this Spring with these fun & easy activities and experiments about weather, gardens, space, trees and the human body!

This newer Dr. Seuss series makes it so easy to introduce science, geography and other real life concepts to preschool and elementary age kids --

just take one familiar and loveable book character (The Cat),

insert TONS of cool facts and details on a non-fiction topic, 

add in some kid-sized humor ;)

and you have the perfect books that transition kids from picture stories to non-fiction reading!

Today's post is part of a 5-week series featuring books from The Cat in the Hat Learning Library along with crafts, science experiments, learning activities and other hands-on fun!

I want to give you a peek inside some of our favorites along with some great activities you can do to bring the books to life!

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15 Winter Olympic Activities & Lesson Plan Ideas (free printable!)

15 Winter Olympic Activities & Lesson Plan Ideas (free printable!)

Celebrate the 2018 Winter Olympics with kids using this FREE printable challenge that can be used as a teaching resource & lesson plan guide or just for fun with your family as you enjoy the Olympic Games together!

There's so much to learn during the 2-weeks of the Olympics -- it's a great time to introduce geography, cultural activities, STEM projects and more!

And we've got an AWESOME way to inspire your kids or students to do more than just watch the events!

Grab your FREE printable copy of the Winter Olympics Challenge -- complete with bronze, silver & gold medals -- and see how many 'events' you can complete before the closing ceremony.

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7 Lunar Eclipse Videos and Activities for Kids

7 Lunar Eclipse Videos and Activities for Kids

Learn about a lunar eclipse with these great videos and hands-on science activities!

Kids of all ages are curious about the night sky -- constellations, planets and especially the moon.

And even though we see the moon in its' various phases each evening, every once in while, there's a spectacular reason to look up at night and see the moon 'disappear'!

In 2018, there will be TWO lunar eclipses (and another in 2019) which can be seen from many parts of the world -- so today we're sharing all the details, videos for kids & fun science activities that explore the moon & eclipses.

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50+ Read Aloud Books Online

50+ Read Aloud Books Online

Find more than 50+ FREE read aloud books online and stories read aloud for kids at these amazing websites - perfect for reading on the go!

Kids love to hear stories - ask any child and I'll bet they tell you that one of their favorite parts of their day is read-aloud and storytime! 

Listening to a book read aloud helps kids of all ages to develop better concentration and listening skills, engages their imagination, increase their vocabulary and enhance their desire to be a reader as they grow.

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