Mother Knows Best is a regular column on Your Highway in the Sky dedicated to celebrating Disney with Kids. Traveling to Disney with kids can be lots of fun. Whether you’re taking a baby or a teen, or any age(s) in between, we’d like to share with you ideas to help you make the most of your family trip. It’s even possible to enjoy a Disney vacation with children of multiple ages!
As I’m sure most of you already know, Disneynature’s newest film – CHIMPANZEE – is scheduled to hit theaters next Friday, April 20th, just in time for Earth Day. Here at our house, April 20th also happens to be my son’s birthday – so we’re using that as our excuse to hit the theaters that day (the real truth is that I just can’t wait to see those chimps!)
Now, as a homeschool mom, I am always looking for ways to bring education into our home in fun ways (I mean, really, there’s only so much you can learn from a textbook, right?) So, we are all about using field trips and hands-on activities in our learning. That’s one of the reasons why we love Walt Disney World so much too – I don’t even have to think up educational activities when we’re there. All of Walt Disney World is like one big educational field trip. Love it!
Anyway, I was already planning to count our visit to the theater to see CHIMPANZEE as a field trip. After all, we are leaving the house to go there, right?
Then, this morning, I opened my e-mail inbox to find some GREAT NEWS! Disney has released two awesome resources that will be great for families and classroom teachers. I’m excited to share them with you.
- The CHIMPANZEE Family Activity Book
~ This .pdf (downloadable) book contains fun games, mazes, and coloring sheets that will help teach your kids about these amazing animals! It includes 19 pages – some of which are in full-color. All are hands-on activities, ranging in age appropriateness from (I’d say) Kindergarten to 6th grade.
- The CHIMPANZEE Educator’s Guide
~ This .pdf (downloadable) book is a great resource for both classroom teachers and parents who homeschool their children. This guide contains over 100 pages of activities and lessons plans geared toward students in grades 2-6. The lessons are aligned to National Science Education Standards and integrate interactive elements, including ready-to-go PowerPoint presentations to help engage your class. Additional educational resources, including audio and video clips from the film, are available at disney.com/chimpanzee.
You can download either (or both) of these resources by going to the CHIMPANZEE – Family Press Kit. Here you will also find a few press kit photos, character photos and descriptions, and other fun facts about the movie.
I hope you will take advantage of these free resources and make the most of your visit to the theater to see CHIMPANZEE! If you use the activities in either of these books, I hope you’ll leave a comment here and let me know!