DESIGN YOUR OWN MOVIE POSTERCrack out the pens and pencils and have a go at creating your very own poster for your fave film. Need some inspiration? Last year, we asked kids to create posters for Disney’s Dumbo – and we even got Danny DeVito to review some of them. Yes, really. Check it out:
HOW TO DRAW YOUR DRAGONHave you ever sat down and tried to draw a dragon? It’s surprisingly tricky - and sure to keep you all busy for a while. If you’re a fan of How to Train Your Dragon, you’ll know that Toothless makes a particularly cute subject. He’s not the easiest to draw but try these tricks and tips and you may be surprised at your own skills.
GET BUSY WITH BRICKS
Some inspiration for you here:
UPDATE A FAIRYTALE2019 fantasy film The Kid Who Would Be King is a modern retelling of the legend of King Arthur - so why not apply iPhones and Mario Kart to some other fairytales? Prince Charming sending out a group Snap to find his Cinderella? Sure. Once you’ve written your masterpieces, dress up and act them out!
FOLLOW A FILM-INSPIRED RECIPEIn Disney’s Ratatouille, renowned chef Auguste Gusteau says that “Anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great.” He’s not wrong. So help your kids become fearless and great with some film-inspired recipes.
Have a go at recreating Remy’s fancy ratatouille dish or check out this recipe for microphone cake pops inspired by animated musical Sing - food and lifestyle blogger Emily Leary, aka @AMummyToo, shows you how to make them in this tutorial. For something more suited to those with paws for hands, there’s always a marmalade sandwich…
MAKE YOUR OWN TREASURE MAP
Brew yourself a cuppa but keep the tea bag because we’re going to be making treasure maps. Plot your own adventure à la Tomb Raider, The Goonies or Indiana Jones by covering a piece of paper in a tepid tea bag – you could unearth a chest of gold.
DREAM UP A FICTIONAL WORLDHave you ever been blown away by a world conjured up in a movie? Why not make your own? For 2017’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, we asked digital artist Miss Led to create a 3D work of art inspired by the film’s eye-popping imagery. Watch her build an immersive underwater scene at the wave of her hands using Google Tilt Brush:
GO ON A BUG HUNTIf you’ve got a garden, take inspiration from A Bugs Life, Antz and, let’s be honest, every child’s love of rummaging around in the dirt, and go on a bug hunt. Under logs, leaves and wriggling through the grass are an assortment of creepy crawlies to wonder at. Create a fact file and draw what you see.
EMBRACE YOUR INNER FILM CRITICGet your kids to write a review of their fave film. What was the best bit? Who was their favourite character? What themes did they pick up on? Be warned: this can have some pretty hilarious results. Just check out our very own 10-year-old reviewer’s take on The Boss Baby.
KEEP THE STORY GOINGThe film might be over, but there’s no need to call it a day with your favourite characters. What happens after it ends? Can they come up with a synopsis for a sequel? What ridiculous invention will Dr Nefario create next?
We’d love to see what you and your kids come up with - share your creations with us on Facebook and Twitter.