Aladdin

Art & Design

Illustration

Children and Teenagers
Follow an Illustration Tutorial: Sort through many versions of many characters from the movie Aladdin and follow the step by step instructions of your chosen illustration tutorial.

Language & Thinking

Speaking & Listening

Toddlers and Children
Discuss: Discuss what three wishes you would choose if you found a lamp.

Learning to Read

Toddlers and Children
Read: Little Golden Book’s copy of Aladdin is a good choice for beginning readers.

Reading Literature

Children and Teenagers
Read: For the more advanced child reader, consider one of the best works of literature of all time and origin of the Aladdin story, Tales from the Arabian Nights.

Writing Nonfiction

Children
Write a Short Story: Write a story about a new character who finds a genie in a lamp.

Multidisciplinary & Miscellaneous

Children
Research: Research the history of the genie in the lamp myth.

Play

Toddlers and Children
Create: Create your own magic carpet with paper or cloth, or something else if you prefer.

Social Sciences

Philosophy & Logic

Any Age
Persuade: Persuade others about which three wishes would benefit the world the most, and why.

Children
Discuss: Remember and discuss the details around Aladdin not keeping his promise to genie to set him free. Is it sometimes inevitable that we can’t keep our promises?

Values

Virtues

Children
Create a Teachable Moment. Fortitude: One moral of the story is that the universe is not a magic genie. Just wishing, wanting and asking is not going to make important things happen. So stop wishing and start doing.

Children
Create a Teachable Moment. Wisdom: In the beginning, Aladdin was consumed with the thought of being rich. He thought that would solve all his problems and give him all the things he desired. In the end, he learned that relationships are more important than material items. He discovered that money cannot buy true happiness.

Life Lessons

Toddlers and Children
Create a Teachable Moment: “Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts.” —Merchant

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