Those who know me know that I am a huge Disney geek and that 100% carries into my classroom. I know I am not alone – Teachers Love Disney! And I am always looking for good Classroom Disney Ideas! I am pretty convinced that Disney loves teachers too because they have some pretty amazing resources for teachers out there.
Why do I mix my love of Disney into my classroom? Well that’s easy. Most kids know and love the classics, the newer the storylines, the characters, and the overall spirit of Disney – have you ever heard kindergartener sing Let It Go? It’s seriously like Rocky Horror Picture Show for five year olds. So why not bring that love and enthusiasm to your classroom. Isn’t that what teaching is all about?
And so, here are classroom Disney ideas:
- Apps For Learning – Disney has tons of mobile apps that are perfect for the classroom. In particular, their Imagicademy apps must have been made for with us in mind. Mickey’s Magical Math World is a favorite because students can work on counting, addition, subtraction, sorting, and problem solving. It’s engaging and academic.
- Free Disney Family Printables – Disney Family is a great place to get free printables. The possibilities are endless, you just have to think like a teacher. How about this fun Mickey & Friends Football Coloring Page copied with some free lined paper on the back for the kids to write a matching story. Can’t you see some great stories about what is happening? They also have holiday themed activity pages like this Rabbits Easter Activity Page that you can easily to do the same thing with. Sometimes the engagement piece of writing is so tricky during centers and using pages like this will surely keep their interest and encourage great stories.
- Teacher Guides, Activities, Videos For Books – Did you know that Disney Worldwide Publishing has created tons of related resources and activities for many books we use in our classrooms today. Check out I Really Like Slop! by Mo Willems on their website. It has an amazing video of Mo himself making a slop recipe! How cool is that?! They also have teacher and librarian guides for all sorts of books. These guides are filled with summaries, teaching concepts, activities you can do during your lessons or centers, and even printables to match. This is a great hidden resource.
- Lithographs for Writing – One of my favorite things to do is preorder the Disney movies from the Disney Store and use the free lithographs for writing. These pictures are so vivid and detailed and the kids are SO excited about them because it’s about a movies they may have seen or have heard about.
- Disney Classroom Decor – If you really love Disney then you can show it with this line of licensed classroom decor from Eureka! They have everything from bulletin board sets to name plates to posters. Click here to see more photos.
- Maps from the Parks – If you are able to visit the parks then you must grab some maps for your kids! They are super engaging when you are teaching about maps and FREE! That’s right, you will see me walking out during one of my visits with a map for every one of my students to learn from and then take home!
There are a ton of ways to incorporate Disney magic into your classroom. I am always pinning, pinning, pinning the great ideas I see on Pinterest. Check them out below.