Family Movie Expedition
- Find the right movie. Go to NickJr.com's Flicks for Kids for detailed movie reviews and recommended ages for each film.
- Review the ratings. Did you know that a G rating doesn't necessarily denote a children's film? To find out more about the movie industry's ratings system, go to MPAA.org.
- Check out the library. Your local library offers hundreds if not thousands of free DVDs and you can get free advice and recommendations from your librarian.
- Take turns. Give everyone in the family a turn to choose the movie of the night from a group of preselected DVDs. That way, your child still gets to choose, but you will enjoy the night, too.
- Turn off distractions. Put away cell phones and laptops to devote two uninterrupted hours to family time.
- Investigate. After the movie, ask your child these questions:
- Who did you like best in the film? Why?
- Who did you like least and why?
- Where did they live?
- What was the problem in the movie?
- How did the characters solve it?
- Can you name a happy moment in the film? A surprising one?
- A funny one? A sad one?
- Did you like the ending?
- Would you want to watch it again?
For more exploring, play Dora's Great Big World game, find do-together Dora crafts, recipes, and activities, and print a personalized Explorer Kit for your child at DoraTheExplorer.com.
Thanks to Susan Hood
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