Celebrating Shark Week with These Fun Kid's Picks + DVD Prize Pack GIVEAWAY

It's officially Shark Week! I've always had a passion for marine life, and while sharks may not be my favorite of the bunch, I do find enjoyment in watching the educational programs that are typically offered during this time of year. I still remember watching a Discovery Channel program about the prehistoric Carcharodon megalodon when I was younger. I then took a quick trip over to the American Museum of Natural History to check out the fossilized Carcharodon teeth. It was pretty neat to say the least! Even those who aren't fans of sharks or marine life may still find themselves intrigued by these fascinating creatures.

If you also have children who are looking to explore sharks, there are plenty of child-friendly learning opportunities all around. There's even age-appropriate programming that kids can enjoy, as they learn all about sharks and other sea creatures. Today, I wanted to talk about some that we've been watching to celebrate Shark Week in our home.

Dive into adventures with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate Kwazii, and medic Peso Penguin, along with other Octonauts as they explore the world's oceans, rescue the creatures who live there, and protect their habitats above and below the waves! On this exciting DVD, join the Octonauts aboard the Octopod as they come face to face with a trio of pesky Cookie cutter Sharks, look after an injured Lemon Shark and stop a White tip Shark who is chasing the Gup-A!

Calling All Sharks! Has a total run time of seventy minutes, and includes six different episodes of educational fun with those adorable creatures who love to explore the ocean and all of its surroundings. There are plenty of episodes on this DVD that include sharks, which makes it a perfect viewing selection for kids during Shark Week. There are also a few additional episodes that touch up on other fascinating sea creatures that will definitely spark the interest of young minds.

What I really enjoy about this show is that it's especially age-appropriate for younger children. Even the big scary sharks in the cartoons look cute, so not to scare children who may be a bit timid about this sort of thing. It was difficult to choose a favorite episode, but we personally enjoyed Lost Lemon Shark, because it showed examples of helping others and paying it forward, which is a nice lesson for children to learn. My son also enjoyed learning about how a pilot fish and Whitetip shark can help each other out. While the pilot fish eats (cleans) the chum off of the sharks teeth, he is also protected from other fish that may want to eat him. We also also learned that not all sharks are large. In fact, one of the smallest sharks in existence is the dwarf lantern shark, which only averages in at about seven to eight inches in length!

Unknown to the world, Thomas Edison built a secret lab where he invented a virtual version of himself and a steampunk robot named Von Bolt. Years later, Angie, a twelve-year-old science prodigy, discovers the lab. Join Angie and friends as they learn and explore a variety of science topics from a shark s sense of smell to plants and pollinator s roles to radioactive decay to DNA and more! While visiting one of Kent s relatives, the kids come up with a great idea for attracting more tourists to his restaurant - the only catch is that it also attracts a very big shark with very big teeth! What will the Secret Lab Kids do? Guided by fun-loving Edison, Angie and friends will show just how fun science can be!"

I've showcased Thomas Edison's Secret Lab on my blog before. I really appreciate that each episode is always packed with helpful educational content for kids. This DVD has a total run time of approximately ninety minutes and includes eight separate episodes. It's Always Sharkest is just one of the titled episodes included on this disk. After Kent's uncle has to close up his summer restaurant, the kids try to think of ways to keep it open and attract more tourists. Their idea soon attracts more than what they've bargained for, a large shark who's very hungry. They're perplexed with why the shark has gravitated to the restaurant, so they set out to seek answers. This is a fun episode that touches up on the sharks keen sense of smell when it comes to searching out food. This episode is a perfect addition to our line-up of Shark Week events and programs. 

In addition to It's Always Sharkest, there are seven more episodes that offer other educational content where children can learn all about DNA and even the roles that honey bees play in pollination. Did you know that honey bees have a special dance? They do this to guide other honey bees on where to find pollen and nectar.

Shark Week Kid's DVD Prize Pack

Now who's up for a Shark Week giveaway?! One winner will receive a #SharkWeek DVD prize pack from Ncircle Entertainment that includes both Octonauts: Calling All Sharks! and Thomas Edison's Secret Lab: It's Always Sharkest. To enter, simply follow the giveaway prompts, below. I've include plenty of additional ways to enter that are optional, but will help increase your odds of winning. Good Luck and thank you for entering!

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