Updated On: April 22, 2020

Frozen

Note: See the Frozen 2 interest page for learning ideas relevant to the sequel.

Art & Design

All Ages
Perform: Memorize a song from Frozen and perform it for your family or friends (or just yourself!). It’s totally ok to have the song playing in the background, too. Don’t forget to throw in some dance moves!

Architecture

All Ages
Discover: What can you learn about castles? There are castles all over the world in many states, abandon, preserved, still being lived in. Compare castles of different cultures and study their architecture. Check out some castles on Google Earth. Here is a short introduction on medieval castles and here are some virtual tours of European castles.

Illustration

All Ages
Follow Instructions: Choose from several illustration tutorials of Frozen characters here.

Painting

All Ages
Paint: Freeze some popsicle sticks or tooth picks in ice, and then use them to water color but dipping them in the dry water color and using the ice as a brush! You can also use food color to color water before freezing, and paint that way.

Children and Teenagers
Paint: Rosemaling is a traditional Norwegian art form seen in the movie. Find YouTube videos about it to inspire your own paint creations.

Language & Thinking

Learning to Read

Toddlers and Children
Read: Read 5-Minute Frozen. Synopsis: “Join Anna, Elsa, Sven, Kristoff, Olaf, and some all new friends for adventures in Arendelle! With 12 fantastically-frozen stories that can each be read in five minutes, this padded storybook is the perfect fit for bedtime, story time, or anytime!”

Toddlers
Read: Read Little Golden Book’s Frozen. Synopsis: “Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna, and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.”

Reading Literature

Children and Teenagers
Read: The storywriters for Frozen loosely based their work on The Snow Queen, a story written by Hans Christian Andersen – Scandinavia’s most famous fiction author and author of some of the highest-regarded classic literature. His stories are “remarkable for their sense of fantasy, power of description, and acute sensitivity, and they are like no others written before or since. Unlike the Brothers Grimm, who collected and retold folklore, Andersen adopted the most ancient literary forms of the fairy tale and the folktale and distilled them into a genre that was uniquely his own.”

Writing Nonfiction

Children & Teenagers
Write a Review: Share a review of Frozen online. When you write a review, make sure you don’t “spoil” it for someone by telling them important parts of the plot, but try to tell people why you liked, or did not like the movie. Have an adult help. Here are some tips to consider.

Math

Geometry & Trigonometry

Children & Teenagers
Read: We see beautiful snowflakes throughout the movie. Check out some neat math facts about snow here.

Science

Physics

Children & Teenagers
Watch: Arendelle was frozen in Frozen! What happens when we freeze things? Here is a video of things being frozen, but you can also keep up the learning by extending this to learn about state changes of matter.

Zoology

All Ages
Research & Share: In Frozen, we meet Sven, a reindeer. Research reindeer and then share information with your friends or family about where they live, what they eat, and other cool things you learn about them.

Social Sciences

Geography

Children and Teenagers
Watch: The natural landscapes, fjords, architecture, clothing, and names in Frozen were in spired by Norway. To dig deeper into the country’s heritage that inspired this story, watch this 19-minute Geography Now video on Norway.

All Ages
Explore: Use Google Earth to “go there,” starting either at the nation’s capital Oslo or at  Arendal (the name inspiration for Arendelle).

Values

Life Lessons

Toddlers and Children
Create a Teachable Moment: Anna went on a quest to save her sister even if she were the only one to do it. She would stop at nothing. Frozen teaches us that family is of utmost importance. Anna and Elsa exemplify that.

Toddlers and Children
Create a Teachable Moment: Being human entails ever-growing. Everyone needs an outlet for their emotions. Elsa did not have that for a long time and faced a shock entrance to the world where they exploded out of her. Ideally we get to share our emotions as they come, instead of bottling them up for too long. Remember to share your happiness with people when you have it, and when you’re not so happy, share your emotions with the right people.

Toddlers and Children
Create a Teachable Moment: The main characters in this movie were all trying to accomplish things that they could not on their own. Anna tried to save Elsa, Kristoff needed customers for his business to run, and to become a legitimate snowman, Olaf needed a nose. It was with Kristoff and Sven’s help that Elsa could be saved by Anna. Kristoff’s business required Arendelle to be unfrozen, and Olaf needed Kristoff for his carrot nose. Sometimes we need help from others to accomplish our goals, so don’t let your pride stop you from accomplishing great things.

All Ages
Create a Teachable Moment: When Anna was dying from a frozen heart and Arendelle was about to be covered in ice, Anna chose to make a sacrifice for the town because the only cure was true love. It was her sacrifice that saved the town and melted the “ice” in her heart as well. True love requires sacrifice. Changing the world for the better always has and always will require people to make sacrifices for it. So if the world ever feels cold, remember that your love can warm it up.

Virtues

Children
Create a Teachable Moment. Wisdom: The trouble that Anna got into with Prince Hanz can teach us a valuable lesson about having some skepticism in certain situations. A lot of times, what we think about people is what they want us to think about them. This applies to both people and the goods or services being sold. This is why it can be good to add some skepticism when you find someone or something that feels like it might be too good to be true, because counting on things to be as good as they appear can leave you unprepared for trouble.

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