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Animaniacs Throwback: Sprinkle Some of Your Childhood Into Your Child

We’re reminiscing about some good old-fashioned cartoons. . . and by “old” we mean 90’s! Those were the days when mobile phones were the size of an Air Jordan (love ya, Zack Morris!) and when cartoons were drawn rather than coded into life-like VR. We could go on for weeks on what we miss about the 90’s, but for right now, we are thinking back fondly of Wakko, Yakko, and Dot -- the famous (and sometimes infamous) “Warner brothers and sister.”

For those with more sophisticated childhood television memories, like Reading Rainbow (love ya, LeVar Burton!), as a recap: the Animaniacs were an “ensemble cast of off-the-wall Warner Brothers characters, appearing in a wide variety of roles. Mainly starring the Warner Siblings Wakko, Yakko, and Dot, who were created by the WB Studios but found they were just too ‘zany’ to be of any use to the studio.” This trio was often finding themselves in wholesome trouble, but always managed to sprinkle in laughs and lessons. . . including lessons on civics and history!

If you’re looking for a fun five to ten minutes of civics education with your kid (who isn’t?!), play these hilarious video clips from our beloved Animaniacs. One song will challenge you to memorize all 50 states and capitals, and the other will have you singing aloud about our presidents, from George Washington to Bill Clinton (remember, this is from the 90’s). The lyrics also include a bit of historical context that will for sure make you laugh along with your kids (though for very different and wonderful reasons!)

Sing along while pointing along on this states & capitals placemat or jigsaw puzzle.

Sing along while pointing along on this presidential placemat (which you may already have from your Presidents’ Day celebration!).


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