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!





Field Trip to the Future for Kids

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Have you ever asked a kid what they wanted to be when they grow up? A typical answer to this question may be a veterinarian, fireman, doctor, or astronaut. How about asking a kid to share their ideas for new inventions or ways to solve problems? A child may have an idea to make their chores easier by inventing an automatic bathroom cleaner.

When a child answers these questions, why not take a FIELD TRIP TO THE FUTURE! For the child who is interested in animals, schedule a field trip to the zoo and meet a zoologist. Ask your local veterinarian if your child can visit with them for a moment. Another idea is to take a nature walk and make observations about animals.

The child who wants to invent the automatic bathroom cleaner will have to work in smaller steps. They may begin by observing the janitor at their school. Cleaning a bathroom can be a big task, so maybe they can start by creating the automatic toilet cleaner. The next step may be for the child to draw their invention on paper and decide what materials are needed. Afterwards, take the child to a hardware store to decide, view, and purchase materials needed to make a prototype of their idea.

Another way to stimulate a child’s imagination is to visit the local library to read about someone who shares your child’s interest. An Internet search is also very helpful!

The point is to expose your child to real life examples that match their interests! It can be fun and is a way to keep your child’s brain active.

Happy Learning!


Game/Activity for Kids that Supplement Black History Facts – Part 1

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When I am driving the car and my toddler is the passenger, he loves to use the traffic light signal to tell me when to go and stop. “Go mommy! Green light!” he says. Since February is Black History month, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to teach my son the contributions of black people.

I began by telling my son about Garrett Morgan and why he invented the three-position traffic light signal.

One day, Mr. Morgan was driving and saw a car accident. The accident happened because the traffic light signal switched back and forth between Stop and Go with no warning of slowing down. Mr. Morgan designed the warning signal, which today is the yellow light. The warning signal gives drivers a chance to slow down before stopping. This has decreased many car accidents.

I decided to supplement the lesson with a fun childhood game called Red Light Green Light.

In this game, one person is chosen to be the traffic cop. The other children stand in a line while the traffic cop has his/her back to them. When the cop says “Green Light” the children try to run to the finish line. When the cop calls “Red Light” he/she turns to face the children and the players have to stop.

I explain to my son that this is how people drove their cars before Mr. Morgan’s invention.

We THEN play Red Light, Green Light, Yellow Light. This game includes Mr. Morgan’s warning signal (yellow light). My son realizes it is much easier to stop if there’s a warning signal.

We also play both games with his toy cars. Instead of running, we race the cars around the house.

Have fun learning!



Dining Etiquette Field Trip for Kids

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I remember the summer before my freshman year of college, I went to a Scholarship Dinner. I was excited about the dinner until I saw multiple forks, knives, plates, and spoons. I remember thinking to myself, “Why do I have so many utensils in front of me?”

Thank goodness for my older brother! He secretly guided me through which utensils to use at the appropriate time.

It was then, that I made a decision to teach my children or any group of kids I work with, about dining etiquette.  A field trip to a restaurant is a wonderful way to teach this concept.

I took a group of children to a restaurant to learn about dining etiquette and the American vs. European table settings. I had a volunteer consultant come to teach the class. If you can’t find a consultant, below is how you can execute this task!

  1. Plan a trip to a restaurant.
  2. Call ahead and tell them you would like your students to learn dining etiquette.
    • Call to inquire about the restaurant setting up an American or European table setting.
    • If not, you can educate your students about the table settings before and after they have eaten.
    • You can search images of the American vs. European table settings on the Internet.
  3. Before eating, review basic dining etiquette rules such as…
    • If dining out, place your napkin in your lap.
    • Keep the napkin in your lap until you are finished eating.
    • If dining out, wait until everyone in the group has been served before picking up your utensils.
    • With American and European table settings, start with the utensils that’s farthest from your plate and work your way inside.
    • Dishes should be passed counter-clockwise.
    • Please do not reach across the table for anything.
    • Do not use a toothpick or floss at the table.
    • Keep elbows off the table.
    • Do not talk with food in your mouth.
  4. After the meal, debrief with students…
    • What did you think of the dining etiquette rules?
    • Do you practice any of these rules in your home?
    • Which rule was the most difficult to follow?
    • Why do you think Dining Etiquette is important?



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!

 A Fun Interactive Activity using Hands-On Learning in the Classroom



Hands-on learning is a great tool to use with students. Hands-on learning is when children can physically experience information. Examples are use of games, role plays, building, and creating. These methods engage both the right and left hemisphere of the brain and incorporates various learning types.

Let’s say you have your students break into small groups and create roles plays. Children will do the following: Create props (Visual learning), Write a dialogue (Verbal learning), Act (Physical learning), Create a story line (Logical learning), Work in groups (Social Learning). Children may choose to incorporate music in their role play (Auditory learning). Some groups may choose to delegate one specific role such as the Prop manager (Intrapersonal learning).

Hands-on learning can be done individually, but is really effective when done in small groups.

Why not try both in the classroom? We will show you how below.

How to apply it

  1. Tell students they will learn about communication skills in this activity.
  2. Pick a topic or lesson (examples are below) …
    • Manners
    • How to count to 15
  3. Have the students work individually to create a game that would…
    • Teach preschoolers certain manners
    • Teach preschoolers to count to 15
  4. Give students time to create their game individually
  5. Then break students into groups of 3 or 4
  6. Have students combine their ideas to create one game.
  7. Have each group play their game with the class.
  8. Create a discussion by asking students if they liked creating the game individually or in groups.