Monday, September 30, 2013

Adventure of an audacious nature

There are adventure films based on historical events
than are a source of knowledge through entertainment.

This is the case of:"KON-TIKI putting us in 1947
  when the world was surprised 
by the enthusiasm of the young
  Norwegian anthropologist and adventurer
 Thor Heyerdahl, who is undertaking 
an surprising expedition and dangerous:
 a journey of 8,000 km across the Pacific Ocean
  aboard the Kon-Tiki boat
that built for himself.
One the best epic adventures of the XXI century."

Kon-Tiki - Trailer #2 from Storm Studios on Vimeo.

This is the route followed.

On the page of his museum in Norway
you can find interesting information.

Knowing this adventure you can learn
a lot of things about the world.
Especially interesting is the importance
 of ocean currents.

More about ocean currents around the world:

  Academic Kids   

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The stars need darkness

The Day the Lights Went Out from Madhouse on Vimeo.

This great video want to promote appreciation 
of starry night skies and natural darkness.
It's interesting for the best exploration.

More about on

Friday, September 27, 2013

Mountains of the world

What about to travel above mountains of the world?
Just choose a destination on 
and flying with your imagination.
So you can learn about your planet.

On this great video  represents some stats from mountains
 around the World from Everest to Kilimanjaro. 

For the Love of Mountains from Al Boardman on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Verbs following

We begin with regular verbs on  "first steps with the verbs".
Now it's time of irregular verbs
 than do not follow the usual rules.
So you have to memorize the different verb forms.
Here are some tricks rote. Choose the one you like.

This video is the first in a series for English 
as a second language students.
The three principle parts of a verb 
(simple present, simple past, and past participle forms)
  are grouped according to similar phonetic changes.
The other videos by
 Diane Stonebrink on Vimeo

Irregular Verbs 3 Parts Phonetic Group 1 - Begin Began Begun from Diane Stonebrink on Vimeo.

If you prefer an overview 
or you search alphabetically 
then you have

You can learn the irregular verbs
 in  animation and song with 

Finally there's interesting
this activity to practice
Free Games, Puzzles and Worksheets

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Welcome to the autumn

Autumn from BBC Motion Gallery on Vimeo.

  This season gives us plenty of dry leaves.
We can make different crafts with them.
Here are some inspiration on 2D or 3D.

Find your innovation with other combinations.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Autumn and full moon

At the full moon September we can prepare the start
of the autumn in the northern hemisphere
and the spring in the southern hemisphere.
Just three days until the equinox of these stations.

This full moon is also the Harvest moon because
is the closest to the autumnal equinox.
Do you want to know more about ?
 Check out this interesting video.

ScienceCasts: The Harvest Moon from Science@NASA on Vimeo.

The power of your hands

This is a century of great contrasts.
On the one hand there are new professions and occupations.
  On the other hand reappear old crafts and old traditions.
So you have more possibilities to choose.

This great video invites to be multifaceted and seek new ways.

¿Realmente estás haciendo lo que te hace feliz? from Eliseo y Barbara on Vimeo.

We like to find old acquaintances who explain
 their change of  professions
with new approaches or combination of  options.
Sometimes it's so easy as combining
 craftsmanship and technology.
For instance, the artisans
can make products with their hands
 and share out on new social networks.

The power of your own hands is what distinguishes humans.
This original video can serve as tribute to the power of the hands.

SCREENGRAB from Willie Witte on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Homage to a dreamer

We have great respect for the dreamers.
 Each attempt is a success in itself. 
The great challenges can require more than one attempt.
 And you are living something new at each experience.
 So, people like    Jonathan Trappe  , are a great example.

This time something went wrong, 
 but we can learn so much from people like him.

For instance, you can follow their route through the ocean
 to learning geography and climatology.
It's a fun way to orientate yourself better on earth.

We'll wait with illusion, the next  exploration
 of this dreamer and intrepid adventurer.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A song about professions

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Think it over while you watch the video from The Bazillions.

"Career Day" by The Bazillions from eg design on Vimeo.

You can play with your photo as seen in the video.
  While drawing professions, you can easily choose your future.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Recycling colored pencils

When  the used crayons are so small
that you can not color with them
 then you can do a lot of crafts.

This great video can serve you to inspiration
 with the  colored pencils combinations.

Hudson - Against The Grain from Dropbear on Vimeo.

Wood is a good material .
Just choose a possibility:
a collage, a sculpture, a mobile, geometric shapes, ...
or all the other possibilities that are within your head.

You can try to make jewelry
following these wonderful ideas
  Object bis 

You can try to make
some volumes

An adult can help you to saw
 small pieces of colored pencils.

Friday, September 13, 2013

The stories about the History

The History is made of stories that can guide us.
Living the present looking to the future
 and forget the past is pragmatic.
However, knowing world history
 can avoid the same mistakes.

The series "Once upon a" 
explains world history in a format for children.

1. And Earth was created… On the evolution of life before Man.
2. Neanderthal Man.
3. Cro-Magnon Man.
4. The Fertile Valleys. On the rise of agriculture, as well as ancient Egypt, Babylon, and Israel.
5. The First Empires. On the empires of Assyria, Persia, and others from about BC 2000 to BC 500.
6. The Age of Pericles.
7. The Pax Romana. Actually on the time of Julius Caesar, before the Pax Romana commenced.
8. The Conquest of Islam.
9. The Carolingians.
10. The Age of Vikings.
11. The Cathedral Builders. On the Middle Ages in the time of the Crusades.
12. The Travels of Marco Polo.
13. The Hundred Years' War.
14. The Quattrocento.
15. The Golden Age of Spain.
16. Elizabethan England. Mostly on the voyages of Sir Francis Drake.
17. The Golden Age of the Low Countries.
18. The Great Reign of Louis XIV.
19. Peter the Great and his Times.
20. The Age of Reason.
21. America.   On the New World between 1492 and the American Civil War.
22. The French Revolution.
23. The Awakening of the People. On the mid-nineteenth century.
24. The Belle Époque. On the latter decade of the nineteenth century and the twentieth century up to           World War One.
25. The Crazy Years. On the Roaring Twenties, Great Depression, and World War Two.
26. Once Upon a Time… the Earth (and tomorrow?). On the post-war world up to the series                     production in 1978, with speculation on the future to 2150.

The History is like a journey through time tunnel.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Homemade jam

Children are able to do many things. 
No need to settle for watching.
You can ask participate.
Then grow is more exciting.

You can start making your own jam
as proposed on

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Gift poster

Print and enjoy it.

Soon school starts in many countries of the northern hemisphere.
Have a good school year.

Reading for kids FLYKIT from FLYKIT on Vimeo.

More about  on  how to know reading now 

Monday, September 9, 2013


“Super Awesome Squad" is an animated film about
a trio of boys playing superheroes inside a grocery store.
Their imagination takes over bringing the audience into
their superhero universe as they fight to survive.

Super Awesome Squad from Robby White on Vimeo.

Teamwork is important especially
with constructive purpose better than destructive intention.
The cardboard dragon is not a real danger.
 It's all in his imagination.
The fighting instinct of primitive man is still alive in our minds.
But evolution has given us   the power of language and dialogue.  

Furthermore the progress has given us lethal
 weapons with devastating effects.
So if the century XXI  wants the best world for everyone
then the constructive team is better than destructive team,
and dialogue is better than the  fight without end.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Have a goal

Everyone should have a goal of their own.
If you know where you want to go is easier to reach.

Surely the expressiveness of child of this video will convince you.

Little Freak from Edwin Schaap on Vimeo.

In the words of its author:

"A young deformed boy lives as a side-show freak.
When his father asks him to make a birthday-wish
he starts to imagine...

It's a metaphor for the expectation some parents
have with their children, without seeing that
 they have other ambitions and their own dreams."

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Awesome translators

Currently one third of the world population still lives disconnected.

All progress has advantages but also disadvantages.

There are many advantages if you use talented.
You have available resources of worldwide and of all time.
You have available connection with people from anywhere at any time.
In addition you can access in any language thanks to the great translators.
 Many people and many hours of work are needed for to make translators.

Another day we talk about the precautions in technology.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Double consonant ck

You can practice the double consonant ck

There is a Nursery Rhyme that repeats this sound.
In this video you have an excerpt of the song.

Nursery Rhymes - Hickory Dickory Dock, Mulberry Bush & Humpty Dumpty (extracts)
from Emily&Anne on Vimeo.

These are the consonants of the clock ticking. 
In Onomatopoeia you can see these sounds.

Onomatopoeia from Stuart Taylor 3D on Vimeo.

To animators of these great resources: Thanks for sharing.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Anti-crisis craft

You can make great collages like this without buying special materials.
Use a piece of cardboard for the base.
To fill it with colored pieces can cut used magazines.
Another possibility is to ask the wallpapers catalogs expired in stores.
It can be an exchange of favors because they need space 
when come the new catalogs. 
They are quality papers and have the full range of colors.
You just need the glue and a good idea.

This commercial video shows the various
    possibilities of this type of paper.

Sherwin Williams - River from Buck on Vimeo.

You  can also use natural materials as in this animation.

Alces Alces from Nhils on Vimeo.

Find your own artistic combination
with imagination.

Monday, September 2, 2013

The key

The key which opens
all doors of communication
is a real connection
and sincere disposition.

explains what is communication.

Now we have a passion, which is the true communication.
But a possible enemy is the art of manipulation
and a good solution is the genius of animation.

We have sophisticated translators to overcome language barriers.
But it would be nice to find an international language for everybody.
It should  be second language not native for everyone
so nobody could play with advantage.

Some people try to make Esperanto an international language.
It's a simple artificial language with almost every word unchanged.
However it's difficult integrate to the more than 6,800 languages ​​in the world.
Every language is important to their users because is how works its thinking.
It seems is not easy to come to terms.

Spot Esperanto from Flavio Carlini on Vimeo.

Not even  the deaf with its sign language so emblematic.
Hopefully someday we have an international sign language
because the hands can be very expressive.

Sign Language Pop: Pokemon Theme Song from Erik Pintar on Vimeo.

So as close to universality 
is when using the animation
with genius and without verbal language.
It's really communication for all.
The animations without verbal language
 are international.

  For example this animation speaks without words.

Masquerade from Aziz Kocanaogullari on Vimeo.

The animator is a powerful artist.

an artificial life from Bruce Woodside on Vimeo.

In reference to the verbal language
on de world, the three most spoken
are Chinese, English and Spanish.
Variable depending on the data source.
Due to the difficulty of Chinese and its many variants,
and to mark the power of the internet and the economy
in which the dominant language is English,
this is the language that  progressively imposed.
This gives an advantage to those
 who have it as a native language.

Above all this the predisposition
is basic for true communication.