Fun Educational Activities Inspired by The Black Panther Movie

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The movie, Black Panther, was inspirational and insightful. There were so many themes addressed in the movie ranging from race, identity, and dignity to technological advancement, service, and cooperation.

Although my son is too young to see the movie, I was inspired to share the experience with him. Therefore, we did the following interactive activities below…


We checked out two Black Panther books from our local library. The books introduced the characters and their roles. It also addressed themes such as good vs bad, courage, hard work, intelligence, instinct, loyalty, etc. One of the books identified vocabulary words and asked the reader to find them within the story. My son became excited when he saw the words in the story!

Application through Playful Literacy

Once my son and I became familiar with the characters, I purchased the action figures. We identified the characters and created stories while playing. In our story, Nakia (Black Panther’s friend), Shuri (Black Panther’s sister), and Okoye (head of armed forces) were kidnapped by Erik Killmonger (villain).  T’Challa (Black Panther) rescues them and saves the day. Killmonger was put in “time out” for kidnapping T’Challa’s friends and family.

Setting and Geography

Black Panther takes place in Wakanda which is a fictitious country in Africa. We looked on a globe and found Africa. My son loves animals so we identified some that live in Africa such as zebras, elephants, lions, rhinoceroses, and tigers. We also talked about African resources like diamonds, sugar, salt, gold, and cobalt. We were able to find diamonds, sugar, salt and gold around the house and by viewing images on the Internet. I SHOWED MY SON A SMART PHONE AND TOLD HIM MOST CONTAIN COBALT, WHICH IS PRODUCED IN CONGO. We ended this lesson by finding Congo on the globe.

Action verbs

We incorporated action verbs within our play. During our story, my son made the action figures flip, jump, run, spin, sleep, and fly in the air. As my son played, I identified the action verb in which he made the characters move. For example, if Okoye and T’Challa hit the pillow and bounced off, I shouted “Whoa look at them ricochet off the pillow!”


In Black Panther books and movie, Shuri is a technological genius of Wakanda. She invented beads that could stop a truck full of kidnappers. She also invented Black Panther’s suit which absorbs attacks during  fights. The gadgets Shuri creates have super abilities to protect Wakanda.

During play, my son and I pretended balls and blocks were gadgets. They were used to save Black Panther’s friends and family from Erik Kilmonger. We also talked about gadgets around the home that keeps us safe such as the security camera, motion sensing lights, and alarm system.

My son enjoyed the activities and continues to find new ways to create more stories with his action figures!

Tell us in the comments how a Superhero has inspired activities in your household and classroom.

Happy Learning!





Insightful Black History Lesson While Walking with your Kids – Part 3

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The contributions of black people are everywhere. Please view this interview of Dr. Ben Carson explaining how to give your kids a Black History lesson just by walking down the street.  This video was recorded while Dr. Carson was the Director of Pediatric Surgery at John Hopkins Medical Institutions.

Take this idea further and incorporate other cultural histories on walks with your family, classmates, peers, and co-workers.

Have Fun Learning!

Interactive Physical Activity that will Amuse and Educate your Family

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Physical activity can be a fun learning experience, especially when everyone in the family is trying something new. Children will most likely model what their parents do. If children see parents being physical, then they will most likely follow this lifestyle in the future.

 Parents that are active can teach their children so many life skills.  Parents can also learn from doing physical activities with their children.

Let’s say a family decides to do a new activity together such as rock climbing.

Rock climbing requires decision-making skills because you have to decide the path that reaches the top.

It incorporates problem solving skills where you may decide to take a different path because your first course of action failed. Furthermore, family members are cheering and encouraging each other to climb higher.

This is teamwork!

If you don’t want to leave home, try the activity below. Enjoy learning and being physical with your family!

  1. Tell your family you will have a game night of Charades!
  2. You can play the game two ways…
  3. Divide the family into two teams.
  4. Have one person on the team guess and the other person act out or use pantomime to represent the word.
  5. If the team guesses the word, then they will get a point.
  6. Or you can have one family member at a time act and the other family members guess the word.
  7. The family member that guesses the word will get a point.
  8. Choose categories that will be really physical and incorporate learning…
    • Strange Animals such as a Featherless Chicken
    • Unusual Sports such as Chess Boxing
  9. Since these categories will be unfamiliar, have a list of the names near the game (optional).
  10. Record the points and have fun!



Artistic Interactive Activity that can Boost your Family’s Memory

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Interactive memorization techniques can be practiced at home. There is certain information immediate family members should know about one another in case someone is sick or lost. This information can include family medical history and social security numbers. This is where interactive memorization methods can be applied.

Let’s use family medical history as an example. Medical history includes knowing your family members’ cause and age of death, health problems, allergies, birth defects etc.   Knowing your family’s medical history can be a lot to remember because you need to know your grandparents’ histories on both your mother’s and father’s sides.

One way to remember this is by talking with one another and drawing a group Family Medical History Tree.  You remember items better when you draw them rather than write.  You use the left side of your brain when you draw pictures and the right side when you write. So, let’s incorporate both in this activity!

  1. Ensure you have family medical histories of grandparents, mother, father, and children.
  2. Set up a family meeting.
  3. Tell your family you all will create a Family Medical History Tree.
  4. Get a big piece of paper such as flip chart paper or craft paper.
  5. As a family, draw the tree with relatives’ names and pictures if possible.
  6. Under each relative’s name write the following…
    • Member’s cause of death (if applicable)
    • Member’s age of death (if applicable)
    • Diagnoses or health problems
    • Allergies
    • Birth defects
  7. If you have a young child, he/she can decorate the tree.
  8. Put the tree in a safe place.
  9. Have family members look at the tree repeatedly so it can be ingrained in their minds (repetition)
    • Review it during family meetings.
    • Ensure each family member knows where this tree is located so they can review it when they like.

Interactive Activity that requires Family Brain Power and Critical Thinking!

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The application of critical thinking skills at home is different than in the classroom. Children will be analyzing issues with people who they are related to and live with, their family. In this environment, children may have more time to evaluate with their family.

Also, the family members’ reactions will be different than peers in the classroom. Family may be more critical or supportive of what a child is thinking. The child’s parents and older siblings, may be apt to tell their child all the answers instead of letting them figure it out. To prevent this, we will use a different version of the critical thinking question in the previous post: Time has just been taken away from the world for a day. How will your family function?

Most people use time as an indicator to achieve something such as: eating, working, playing, and sleeping.

Many parents and older siblings will be in unfamiliar territory if you take time away. Doing an activity around this question will most likely have the whole family stumped. Below is how you put the whole family’s critical thinking skills to practice with this question.

  1. Plan to have a day or half a day where you operate with no time.
  2. The best time to do this is on the weekend or a day when no one needs to work or go to school.
  3. Put everyone’s cell phone and watches into a safe place the night before.
  4. Cover all clocks in the home the night before.
  5. Put away computers and anything that keeps time.
  6. Remind your family of the question/problem: Time has just been taken away from the world for a day. How will your family function?
  7. The day before, the family should come together and predict how they will function (critical thinking).
  8. Record each family member’s response.
  9. The next day, as soon as you wake up, start to function without time.
  10. After the activity, debrief how your day went… (critical thinking)
    • How did you know when to eat?
    • Did you communicate more without your cell phones?
    • Who was the most comfortable with this activity?
    • Who was the most uncomfortable with this activity?
    • What family member predicted what would happen?
    • Would you do this again?
  11. PLEASE NOTE: Adjust this activity if there is a situation where you need time. For example, if someone needs to take their medicine every 4 hours. This is not worth the risk.

A Flavorful Interactive Activity that uses Hands-On Learning at Home



Today, let’s discuss hands-on learning within the family. Experiencing something new with the family can create and strengthen bonds. If you do an activity that no one in the family is familiar with, then most likely you will see each members’ strengths and weaknesses exposed. This can be beneficial because where one member is weak, another family member can assist.

This creates a dynamic where the family is relying on each other to complete the task. For instance, a family of four has decided to go camping for the first time. Mom may be good with organization so she is in charge of the meals and ensuring everyone has appropriate clothing. Brother loves being outdoors and observing animals. He is in charge of animal safety and exploring nature. Sister is into event planning so she is in charge of games and nighttime activities. Dad is a great builder and is in charge of tent care and picking the camping site.

In this activity, the family is relying on each other’s skills to have a positive camping experience. Below is another way to incorporate hands-on learning within the family.

Cooking in unfamiliar territory

  1. Plan for the family to cook a meal that no member has eaten before.
  2. You can find a recipe from another country or ethnicity.
  3. You can have half of the family make the entrée and the other half make the appetizer or dessert.
  4. This activity incorporates so much learning such as: following recipe directions, math skills with measuring ingredients, food science, various cooking temperatures needed for certain food, patience, teamwork, communication skills and diversity.
  5. Enjoy your meal!

Interactive Activity that Incorporates Diversity and Bonding at Home



Diversity can be applied within the family setting. I know what you are thinking. How are people in the same family considered a diverse group? Let’s explore! Families can be diverse by gender, age, experiences, preferences etc.

Let’s take a family with a mom, dad, older brother, and toddler sister. Mom and sister are females and dad are brother are males. Brother is older than his sister and has had more experiences. Mom and Dad had different lives before marriage and bring those experiences to the table. The toddler sister most likely participates in imaginative play; for example, she may create an ice cream cone by putting a small ball in a cup.

This is diversity in the family!

Use this to your benefit to solve family problems or to answer a question. For instance, the family problem may be brother feels that his parents give too much attention to toddler sister. He feels left out. Below is an example of how to apply diversity of the group to this issue.

How to apply it – Example

  1. Come together for a family meeting
  2. Older brother can present the problem of feeling left out.
  3. Mom and Dad can ask brother to offer ideas on how they can be more inclusive.
  4. If brother doesn’t offer ideas, ask him to tell you the following…
    • What are your favorite activities?
    • What does a fun day with the family look like?
  5. Mom and dad can offer ideas on how to make brother’s fun day a reality.
  6. Include toddler sister by having her…
    • Draw a picture of brother’s family fun day
      • Incorporate ideas from her picture and include it in fun day
    • Gather toys for imaginative play about brother’s family fun day
      • Incorporate ideas from her play and include it in fun day
    • The family can make a fun day calendar that includes…
      • Brother’s favorite activities
    • Have toddler sister decorate the calendar with art supplies
    • Make sure you do the activities on the calendar!