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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11 Olympic Activities and Crafts for Kids

11 Olympic Activities and Crafts for Kids

Enjoy learning about the 2018 Winter Olympic Games with these kids' activities!

It's hard to believe that it's time for the Olympics again!

This year, the world will be watching all the winter activities in PyeongChang for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

It's a great opportunity to introduce something new to the kids -- maybe a new winter sport or a quick tour of the globe to find the location of PyeongChang. 

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40+ Fun Places to Take Kids Near Me

Get out & explore these 40 fun places to take kids near me this weekend, over summer or on your next day trip!

If you have kids, you know it can be crazy to go anywhere! 

Every trip – to the grocery store, the park or the beach – always seems to require huge amounts of stuff.

But summertime means day trips & family road trips – a chance to go explore some new places and let your kids see another part of the world or have a new experience.

So today, we're going to get your family ready for adventure by sharing a FREE printable list of 40+ fun places to go with kids and some great travel tips to get you out the door quickly!

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Kids Books about Voting, Elections & Washington DC

Kids Books about Voting, Elections & Washington DC

This week's book list is a collection of great reads for kids about voting, service to our country and our capital city, Washington DC.

Every four years, we have the opportunity to introduce our kids to how the political system works in our country. And while I'm not at all thrilled with any of the candidates this year, I still feel that it's important for the next generation to understand the how's and why's of Election Day.

This can easily be done without actually discussing politics too -- Books are the perfect way to kick-start a discussion and introduce ideas such as voting, the party system, the various layers of our government and how it all fits together.

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A Global STEM Activity & Family Service Project

A Global STEM Activity & Family Service Project

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I'm sure the last month at your home has been a whirlwind like ours -- all the craziness that comes with starting a new school year. But in the midst of all that happens during our school year, it's important to remember that not all children have the luxury of attending school.

If you remember one of our recent book lists, we shared stories that inspire a love of learning.  Today we're going to revisit that topic with an AWESOME activity that combines learning about world cultures, a great DIY math & engineering activity and an easy way families can serve children who aren't able to attend school.

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Books that Inspire Kids to Learn

Books that Inspire Kids to Learn

Many thanks to Hallmark for sponsoring this post and helping to create communities where all children have the chance to grow up as healthy, productive & caring persons.  All book choices and thoughts are mine alone.

 

Today's book list was inspired by a young lady who fights for quality education for all children around the world.

Malala Yousafzai was 15 when she was shot by the Taliban for attending school in Pakistan.  It was against the law for girls to go to school and yet, every morning Malala would get up and not only get herself to school but encourage other girls in her village to attend as well.  She survived the attack and has since become the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient who now travels the world with her father to share their story.

In honor of both Malala & Ziauddin Yousafzai, I wanted to share a book list that will inspire kids to speak up for what they believe, to change the world and to appreciate the opportunity to get an education.

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Olympic Nature Art for Kids

Olympic Nature Art for Kids

This week's theme in our month-long Olympic Activities for Kids series is STEAM activities.

Now I know you're familiar with many of our STEM ideas for kids (science, technology, engineering & math) -- but we don't do a ton of 'A' = Art so I thought we would branch out a little this week.

If we can tie art to science or nature, we love that! 

Like the Sunprint T-shirt we made last summer or zentangle rock craft that's perfect for kids of any age.

Today's Nature Art activity is one that you can do almost anywhere -- building the Olympic Rings using items from nature!

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50+ Olympic Activities for Kids

The Summer Olympics are beginning soon & we're going to make them an AMAZING event for your family!

Besides cheering on your favorite country, we thought it would be fun to create a friendly Learn & Play Summer Olympic Challenge for the kids too.

We've teamed up with an outstanding group of kid-friendly bloggers from around the world to bring you a whole month of Olympic-related crafts, activities, sensory play and fun ways to learn!

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20 Inspiring Nature Activities for Kids

When I was young, I can remember spending hours outdoors -- hiking to the woods behind our house, looking in the creek for crayfish and tadpoles, scouting out which animals were running around the yard. 

And I can clearly remember the smell of the lilac trees when they started to bloom!  I would ask my mother if I could keep my window open just so I could fall asleep to that wonderful scent :)

There always seems to be so many new things to experience in nature with the seasons constantly changing around us.  And as you know, we are big fans of nature activities for kids both at home and on the blog!

So I was very inspired this month to join the 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge and share how kids can be 'Nice to Nature' with these hands-on activities and a free printable to share with you too!

 

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14 Online Christmas Games & Activities for Kids

We are always looking for fun online games & educational websites for the kids to visit especially those that have seasonal themes! 

It's nice to have some go-to sites when the kids ask "Can I have some computer time?" -- I really don't like them just searching Google or surfing around to sites I may not recognize.

And I especially LOVE to find websites that connect to books, life skills or world cultures -- it's a bonus when I can tie some learning to their tech time ;)

This season, we're sharing some old favorites along with a few *new* websites that the kids will really enjoy!!

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7 Great End-of-Summer Outings for Families

It's hard to believe but our kids will go back to school in less than a month!

I know!  The month of July always seems to fly by for us.

Soon we'll be dealing with schedules, homework and early bedtimes. 

But we're not going down without a fight ;)  There's still time left to squeeze in some awesome summer fun and adventuring so the kids will have something fun to write about when the teacher assigns that "What did you do this summer?" essay.

Are you trying to squeeze in a few more fun activities before the kids go back to school too?  Here are a few ideas for some get-out-and-do-something places that will extend the season and create a some great memories.

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Exploring the Library: Finding Cool Stuff in the Non-fiction Section {free printable}

The library is a magical place for kids!

So many wonderful books holding everything you've ever wanted to know -- and some things you never knew you wanted to know until you get lost in a book.

But sometimes the library can be a little overwhemling for kids, especially when they are looking for specific information.

Where should I look for books about animals? 

I want to learn a new magic trick - is there a book on that?

Mom, I need to read everything about Greek Myths!

 

The non-fiction section has a wealth of knowledge just waiting to be discovered!

My kids really enjoy non-ficiton books -- especially ones that have beautiful illustrations and engaging text. 

I promise, not all non-fiction books are boring ;)

In order to keep the magic in those library visits, we're sharing a fun printable to help kids learn how to navigate the Dewey Decimal System and non-fiction section of the library.

 

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Multicultural Children's Book Day: Exploring Chinese Culture

Wouldn't it be wonderful to travel the world?  To be able to visit beautiful places and experience new cultures would be amazing!

But world travel is also expensive ... and not so easy once you have a family.

Which is why I rely on using a variety of children's literature to introduce our kids to different cultures and places around the world.  Books are a great way to explore the world with your kids!

Today, we are celebrating Multicultural Children's Book Day with bloggers and children's book publishers from around the world!

It's a day when we share some outstanding children's books, fun activities from a variety of world cultures and tips on bringing diverse literature into your home and school.

 

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Around the World in 30 Books -- A Trip Across the Globe

Use this great list of picture books about countries & cities around the world to raise a global citizen!

I don't know when it started but I've always been fascinated with maps, globes and learning about places around the world

I love to see how people across the globe eat, live and spend their day.  These everyday activities are a fun way to expose kids to cultures and traditions outside of their own.

But alas, globe-trotting just doesn't come that easy -- even for a traveling family like ours.  It's expensive and takes quite a bit of time and planning. 

So for years, I've made a conscious effort to introduce my kids to different countries and cultures thorough books, videos and some fun hands-on activities we can do close to home.

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Why Kids Need to Travel & What They Can Learn on the Trip

 

Travel is such a great educational opportunity for kids!  A chance to explore new places, try something new and reconnect with the family.

Honestly, my kids learn more on our vacations than they do any other time of the year. 

Part of it is because they are immersed in the moment -- when you travel, you HAVE to experience what's around you and it's only natural to ask questions, get involved and explore.

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