The first two animated movies of the summer -- Madagascar 3 and Brave -- both take viewers to animated versions of real world places. My kids and I have actually structured some our summer activities around the films. The first few weeks, we learned about Europe. The kids can now point out Europe on the globe and find all the countries that our Madagascar friends toured. They each wrote a report about a European country, and they can name at least 15 European countries. Now if only we could really take them there. That would, of course, be the best learning experience.
We also played several games as a family that feature European countries, like Ticket to Ride Europe, and especially the world traveler game on the Up Blu-ray. The game is amazing. The kids can choose any continent and learn where all the countries are located, or they can learn about all the states and their capital cities.
In planning out our summer adventures, I realized that most of my very favorite animated movies take place in real world locales. So today I made a list of some of the best animated movies set in exotic locales. Some have examples and ideas for related learning activities. I hope you enjoy the list as much as I enjoyed making it. Explore the world through animation. Bon Voyage!
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