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Earth Day Movies and Shows for Kids

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Kids can be green too. In fact, once kids get on the green bandwagon, good luck getting off! Kids grasp onto concepts like saving animals and the environment, and they will become the self-appointed green police of the house (and school, and family and friends' houses...) without even being asked. These DVDs contain movies or episodes of kids' shows that feature kids' favorite characters being green. Your kids will learn to reduce, reuse and recycle as they soak up the fun!

1. Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Wubbzy Goes Green

Wubbzy Goes Green
Photo © Anchor Bay Entertainment

In this collection of Earth-friendly episodes of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, Wubbzy and his Wuzzleberg friends paint the town green.  The entertaining stories will tickle kids' funny bones as they learn to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Kids will also learn about how their own actions can impact the environment. The adorable characters, colorful animation, and fun musical numbers make learning extra fun for preschoolers.

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2. WordGirl: Earth Day Girl

WordGirl
Photo © PBS KIDS

WordGirl  is a TV series on PBS geared toward kids in early elementary school. Each episode focuses on different vocabulary words as Becky Botsford, a mild-mannered fifth grader, transforms into WordGirl and uses her super powers and dynamite vocabulary to defeat evil villains and save the day. Earth Day Girl contains 8 episodes, with the title episode being the green-themed "Earth Day Girl," which pits Word Girl up against Birthday Girl in an effort to save Earth Day.  

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3. Nick Jr. Favorites: Go Green

Nick Jr. Go Green
Photo © Nick Jr.

This DVD features the following collection of green-themed episodes from kids' favorite Nick Jr. TV shows:

  • Dora the Explorer: "Bugga Bugga"
  • Go, Diego, Go!: "Manatee's Mermaid Rescue"
  • Wonder Pets!: "Save the Tree" & "Save the Elephant"
  • Yo Gabba Gabba!: "Green"
  • Blue's Clues: "What Does Blue Want to Make Out of Recycled Things?"
  • Ni Hao, Kai-lan: "The Place Where We All Live"

From saving animals to making things out of household items, kids will learn to reduce, reuse, and recycle from beloved characters.  Kids will also  be inspired to get creative about cleaning up and taking care of the earth and its animal inhabitants.

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4. Jim Henson's The Song of the Cloud Forest and Other Earth Stories

Jim Henson Cloud Forest
Photo © Lions Gate

A colorful story set in the rain forest, The Cloud Forest incorporates music, puppetry and animation in a special show that teaches kids about rain forests and the dangers that threaten the survival of the forests and the inhabitants. The DVD also features three other stories including an episode of Fraggle Rock called "The River of Life."

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5. Sesame Street: Being Green

Sesame Street: Being Green
Photo © Sesame Workshop

Elmo and the friendly fairy Abby Cadabby are surprised to run into Mr. Earth and his Earth-a-Thon happening right on Sesame Street. Confused about what an "Earth-a-Thon" is, the two friends stick around while Mr. Earth explains that the monsters are taking pledges from children all over the world who are calling with promises and plans to help the environment. Elmo and Abby discover all kinds of ways to reduce, reuse and recycle as they learn about helping the Earth.

6. Handy Manny: Manny's Green Team

Handy Manny: Manny's Green Team
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The CG-animated series for preschoolers, Handy Manny, relates the experiences and adventures of the bilingual Manny Garcia, the owner of a repair shop in the quiet, friendly community of Sheetrock Hills. Manny and his trusty family of anthropomorphic tools spend their day helping neighbors and using problem solving skills to fix things and get their friends out of jams.

Handy Manny: Manny's Green Team features the following five episodes of the TV show that focus on the environment and related issues:

  • "Saving the Turtles"
  • "Manny goes Solar"
  • "Science Fair"
  • "Light Work"
  • "Bloomin' Tools"

The DVD also contains a learning game called "Livin' La Vida Verde," as well as tips to help your family live green.

7. Schoolhouse Rock! Earth

Schoolhouse Rock! Earth
Photo © Disney

The creators of the original Schoolhouse Rock! TV series have created new songs for today's kids featuring issues facing the world now. Schoolhouse Rock! Earth contains 13 animated songs (11 of them are new) about the environment and bein' green. The upbeat, catchy musical numbers help young elementary age kids learn about and understand important issues and inspire them to do their part to help the environment. Many of the songs speak directly to kids with a call to action, and others feature Schoolhouse Rock! characters who entertain and inspire kids.

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