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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Can You Dye Brown Eggs for Easter?  A Fun Science Project!

Can You Dye Brown Eggs for Easter? A Fun Science Project!

Can you dye brown eggs for Easter?

Thanks to my not-so-quick thinking last Easter, we were treated to an unexpected science experiment.

During my grocery run the week before Easter, I had eggs on my list (of course ;) 

Plus a few more fun items I still wanted to tuck into the baskets!

Well, I guess EVERYONE who visited Target had eggs on their list too because when I got to the dairy department, there were only brown eggs left on the shelves.

Being the "get in and out quick" type of shopper I am, I scooped up a carton of brown eggs knowing that I had a few things I would be baking that week....

.... and not even thinking about the fact that we dye Easter eggs every year (duh!)

So, home I go and begin to unpack the groceries, when my daughter nearly falls over ...

"Mom!  The eggs are brown?!!!"

So I remind her that yes, eggs come in two colors -- white & brown.

"But can we dye brown eggs?!"

Huh, I really had no idea -- and thus our science experiment began ....

 

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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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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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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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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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100 Things to Count to 100 & Estimation Jars Items

100 Things to Count to 100 & Estimation Jars Items

Use these 100 Ideas for Items to Use to Count to 100 with estimation jar ideas or 100th day of school activities!

Many kids around the country are celebrating their 100th day of school this month and we are having some math fun along with them!

Teaching kids to count to 100 is a big milestone and one that parents and teachers work on for a few years. 

It's a long journey fraught with numbers like "fifteen-ten" and other assorted creative ways to count.  And along the way, kids are also learning to count by 2's, 5's, 10's and categorize numeric values.

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10 Easy Science Experiments: Shadow & Light Activities

10 Easy Science Experiments: Shadow & Light Activities

Explore the science of light & shadows with these easy science experiments!

I know it might be hard to believe but making shadows is actually a simple science experiment!

Yep, all those shadow puppets you tried as a child or those evening walks with your kids when they're trying to step on your shadow to see if it hurts (does anyone else's kids do this or just mine?!) = Easy Science Experiment!

And with Groundhog's Day right around the corner, it's a great time of year to play with shadows!

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40 Animal Habitats Project Ideas & Science Activities

The topic for this week's Dr. Seuss science activities for kids is animal habitat project activities & science ideas!

This is always a wonderful learning opportunity - it seems no matter what your age, watching animals is something we all enjoy.

While kids love to observe animals, they usually don't give much thought about how and where an animal lives until you begin to discuss the idea of 'habitats'.

Can a camel live in a forest?

Are there sharks in our local pond?

And why is it that polar bears and penguins will never meet since they both live in icy places?

So many great questions :)

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25 Marvelous Math Picture Books for Kids

25 Marvelous Math Picture Books for Kids

Preschool, elementary & middle school kids will LOVE these math picture books that teach early and advanced mathematical concepts!

So here's the issue at our house -- we've got one child who is a math whiz and another who wouldn't mind if math was wiped off the face of the earth.

The one thing they both have in common is neither enjoys any math homework: 

"It's boring, Mom!"

"Yes, I know.  Worksheets aren't always the best way to enjoy math." 

But you still need to do your homework. 

This is how it goes for so many things in life, right.  Practice isn't always as much fun as 'the real thing'!

So since math is important in life, I try to introduce them to non-school, non-worksheet ways to gain a better understanding of math concepts.

As a parent, I have to find ways for them to practice, enjoy it and find it relevant to their life.  Otherwise, I will be forever helping them to figure out if they have enough allowance money to buy the souvenir they want when we're on vacation!

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Christmas Science Experiment for Kids

Christmas Science Experiment for Kids

Try this easy Christmas science experiment as a fun winter break or holiday-themed classroom activity!

There's nothing like the holidays to get you in the mood to do some science experiments, right?! 

Actually, it's those long winter break days when the kids need some creative things to do that usually spur some of these ideas.  And although today's science experiment is Christmas-themed, it can be done year round and was a very popular one during our science series a few years ago.

So have the kids gather up these common holiday items, print off the free worksheet and experiment with a litte physics over their winter break!

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