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Movies, Shows, Apps, and More that Teach Environmentalism

Movies, Shows, Apps, and More that Teach Environmentalism


   
TV shows, movies, apps, books, and games that teach kids about environmentalism
    

TV Shows About the Environment

One Big Ocean (PBS)
4 out of 5 stars
Recommended age: 3+
Featuring biodiversity, environmental concerns in marine adventures
    

Planet Earth II (BBC America)
5 out of 5 stars
Recommended age: 6+ 
This nature documentary sequel is a visual triumph.

     

Movies About the Environment

Dr. Seuss: The Lorax (DVD, Streaming)
5 out of 5 stars
Recommended age: 5+ 
An outstanding 1970s Dr. Seuss parable about protecting nature
     

Boy and the World (DVD, Streaming)
4 out of 5 stars
Recommended age: 7+
This poignant hand-drawn story promotes family and environmentalism.
      

Chasing Ice (DVD, Streaming)
5 out of 5 stars
Recommended age: 13+ 
A beautiful, affecting documentary about glacier retreat

  

Apps About the Environment

Duckie Deck Trash Toys
5 out of 5 stars
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Recommended age: 3+
Discarded and found items inspire creativity through “upcycling.”
    

Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island
5 out of 5 stars
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Recommended age: 7+
This eco-friendly game makes kids masters of their own islands.
    



Project Noah
4 out of 5 stars
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Recommended age: 10+
Share nature photos and help global research

 

Books About the Environment

Over and Under the Pond
5 out of 5 stars
Recommended age: 5+
Lovely book about wildlife teeming in and around a pond
    

Fuzzy Mud
4 out of 5 stars
Recommended age: 10+
This gripping eco-thriller is a thoughtful and satisfying read.

 

Games About the Environment

Ekoloko (Free or $5.99 per month subscription)
5 out of 5 stars
Platform: Windows
Recommended age: 8+
Kids learn environmental consciousness in this massively multi-player online game.
    

SimCity EDU: Pollution Challenge! ($19.99)
5 out of 5 stars
Platform: Windows, Mac
Recommended age: 11+
Environmental-issues sim teaches real-world solutions
        

Main image: The PBS show, One Big Ocean, features the characters from the preschool series Splash and Bubbles.
Courtesy Common Sense Media


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