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Fascinating World of Mammals DVD – A Schoolhouse Crew Review

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My kids are all about animals, and we were delighted to review this DVD from BrainFood Learning, entitled the Fascinating World of Mammals. My kids are big fans of animal documentaries and animal cartoons so I was interested to see how they would respond to an animal DVD that had educational content added.

About the Company:

BrainFood Learning was started by two parents of young kids looking for educational videos that entertain, stimulate and facilitate learning at the same time. Not having found what they were looking for in today’s market, they made their own and BrainFood Learning was born. They offer three different animal DVD’s including the Fascinating World of Birds,  the Fascinating World of Insects and the title I am reviewing, the Fascinating World of Mammals. They recently added free lesson plans on their website for each of these titles and you can access them at this link.

 

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About the Product:

The Fascinating World of Mammals is a family friendly, educational animal show that focuses on mammals. Watch your kid’s faces light up as they encounter dolphins, lions, giraffes, elephants, beavers, kangaroos, moose, bats, chimpanzees, and bears. As you move through the video you learn all sorts of cool facts about animals. Periodically, a word will come across the screen and you will hear a definition of the word. There are three playing options: Play all, Mammals, and Reviews. The first option plays the main video and the second Mammals option allows you to watch each section sorted out by individual animals. This is great if you have kid who wants to watch, say the kangaroo fight over and over again. You can easily navigate to that particular animal segment. The third option is the review section and includes flashcards and quizzes. Using pictures from the film, there are multiple choice quizzes for you to test your knowledge after watching the DVD.

 

The video is narrated by a woman and child. The woman has a pleasant, calm voice that is clear and understandable. The child reads out the definitions periodically throughout the film. Here are some of the facts that we learned as we watched the film:

  • Moose have a skin flap under their neck called a bell and they can weigh up to 2500 pounds.
  • The lion has no predators. He is at the top of the food chain and lives 10 to 14 years.
  • Dolphins have a body part called a melon and their ears are located inside their heads.
  • Elephants shake hands with their trunks.
  • Beavers use their tails for balance, swimming and sending warnings by slapping the water and warning other animals of danger. Their teeth are self-sharpening.
  • and many more………..

You can purchase your own DVD copy of the Fascinating World of Mammals for $14.99 This video is great for practically any age, but is specifically targeted to ages 2-13. Run time approximately 52 minutes.

As a recent addition to the DVD, BrainFood Learning is now offering Free lesson plans to go along with all their animal DVD’s. I checked the plans out and found some fun activities and worksheets in PDF format that I printed out for the kids to try. Here are some pictures so you can get an idea of what is available.

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if you would like to watch a sample of the video, I included the short 3 minute trailer below. Simply click on the arrow to watch.

How we used this DVD in our homeschool:

Since this review occurred during our summer break, we used this as a fun summer activity. We gathered the kids around and even the little 3-year-old enjoyed watching the animals. This ended up being a great precursor to a science study we are currently working on. The kids learned about the characteristics of mammals, and this helped us when we delved into the topics of mammals in a little more detail. We watched the review section and answered the questions. My ten-year old spouted off the answers easily. The seven-year-old answered most of the questions correctly, and the 3-year-old really enjoyed the mammal flashcards. She learned to identify all of the animals!
I looked over the free lesson plans and we are planning to use them to continue to learn about mammals and to test the kids on the knowledge they gained from the DVD.
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Our Opinion of the DVD:
We thought the video was well-made. The nature shots were realistic and made us feel like we were right there in the picture. The educational content was there but was not glaringly obvious to kids, which can be a good thing. My kids enjoyed watching it and our three-year-old has asked to watch the flash card section over again. We would recommend it as a good introduction to mammals for early elementary-aged kids and toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy it for all the animal sightings.
If you would like to read about the other two videos and read more reviews about this DVD, click on the graphic below.

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