1. Educational Shows
Elementary & Beyond: Netflix is where it is at. From Documentaries to foreign films Netflix is a hidden gem of teaching tools.
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Early Elementary: Disney Jr. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Around the Clubhouse World DVD. Climb the Eiffel Tower in France and say ”bonjour” to Mademoiselle Daisy and Monsieur Donald Duck. Then, rescue Gondolier Goofy when he goes adrift in Italy’s Grand Canal; solve the mysterious riddle of Pharaoh Pete’s pyramid in Egypt, and meet a dancing dragon at the Great Wall of China. With your help – and the right Mouseketools – your Clubhouse friends can get their special passport stamped at each wonderful location. Featuring over two hours of song-filled fun, including four additional episodes, this global adventure proves it’s a small world after all! Available at the Disney Store and Amazon.
2. Scavenger Hunt
Make your next trip to the zoo an exciting and educational experience. Make your own Scavenger Hunt tailored to your child’s interests. Think about including the most dangerous animals, exotic species, and threatened species. Make learning fun and interesting.
3. Kids in the Kitchen
Turn lunch time into learning time. Have your child help you in the kitchen. Find a recipe, follow instructions and reap the rewards of a homemade meal. From picking out their favorite recipe to measuring ingredients, the entire process is an educational experience.
4. Explore an Art Museum
Taking a child to an art museum may sound like a lot of work. But it doesn’t have to be a day filled of shushing and no touching reminders. Make it fun and inspire your kiddo’s creative side. Talk about pieces, mixing in eye spy to keep their brains interested in what the art piece is about. Figuring out the story behind it or what inspired the piece.
5. Visit the World
Not ready to take your child to another country like China or even Paris, but still want to inspire and educate them to learn about other cultures. Little Passports brings you a global adventure that will inspire a love and understanding of the world as your child learns about a new country every month. Sam and Sofia will take you and your child on an exciting adventure around the USA and the world every month. World Edition or USA Edition. Little Passports is a month-to-month plan that delivers straight to your mailbox every month to learn about Sam and Sofia’s latest destinations. The monthly package is filled with goodies and access to online games and activities.
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