Updated On: June 5, 2020

The Lion King

Art & Design

Illustration

All Ages
Follow Instructions: Use a step by step Lion King tutorial for inspiration in illustrating Simba, Nala, Mufasa, Sarabi, Timon, Pumba, Scar, or Rafiki.

Motion Graphics

Children & Teenagers
Watch: Get a look into how the 2019 Lion King remake was animated from this Insider video about it.

Theater

Children & Teenagers
Watch: Get an inside look at what the work of voice actors entails in this behind the scenes footage of the making of 2019’s Lion King remake.

Family Connections

All Ages
Interview: Being acquainted with your family roots is integral to understanding the whole of who you are and who you want to become. After years of trying to forget his worries, Simba was told by Mufasa, “you have forgotten who you are, and so you have forgotten me. Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of Life. Remember who you are. You are my son, and the one true king. Remember who you are.” In order to understand the family that has shaped you, interview your parents and grandparents to get as much of a picture as you can about your family history.

Language & Thinking

Learning to Read

Toddlers & Children
Read: Read the Little Golden Book’s The Lion King. Synopsis: “The exciting tale of Simba, a young cub who earns his place in the Circle of Life…” Other Lion King books for beginning readers include I am Simba the Big Golden Book’s The Lion King.

Life & Home Skills

Personal Development

Children & Teenagers
Discuss: Every great person stands on the shoulders of giants who went before them. Mufasa teaches Simba this when he told him “Look at the stars. The great kings of the past look down on us from those stars….So whenever you feel alone, just remember that those kings will always be there to guide you. And so will I.” What do you want to achieve in your life? What great people in history can you study to help you achieve this?

Children & Teenagers
List and Consider: Samba is a true friend of Simba’s. She saw the best in him, believed in his great potential, and expected it of him. Her friendship was one of the best things to ever happen to Simba. Who are your true friends? Are you spending your time with them or with people who have a neutral or negative impact on you. Make a list and cultivate those relationships. Also, consider how good of a friend you are for others.

Children & Teenagers
List: Rafiki was a great mentor to Simba. He knew more from his years of experience and accumulated wisdom what Simba could become and demanded it of him. Make a list of your mentors in life. Show your appreciation for them to them and to others – they will be delighted to invest more in you. Everyone likes to see the fruits of their labors.

Values

Life Lessons

All Ages
Create a teachable moment. Respect: Mufasa explains to Simba during the sunrise that every animal has importance in world. “Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance, and respect all the creatures from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.” This is meaningful coming from the king because he is at the top of the food chain. The point is driven home when Scar seizes the thrown out of lust for power and subsequently shows no respect for others the way Mufasa did. Like the animal kingdom, every person must be respected for their own dignity and contribution, or else the world will turn dark and dreary like it did under Scar’s rule. Be like Simba and when the world seems like it is dying, breathe life back into it by valuing others.

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