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Here are some ideas to entertain your little ones

Inspire the next generation of Oscar winners with these film-related activities for kids.

Need some ideas for keeping the kids entertained right now? We got you. Or rather, films have. We’ve put together some ideas inspired by some of their fave flicks that will keep your little ones - and you - from climbing the walls.

DESIGN YOUR OWN MOVIE POSTER

Crack 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:
This competition has now closed, but don’t let that stop you from creating your own posters and sharing them with us on Facebook and Twitter.

HOW TO DRAW YOUR DRAGON

Have 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

Not to put too fine a point on it but a fun, Lego-Movie-inspired activity is... playing with Lego. Get the bricks out and create your own takes on Bricksburg for a fun morning activity. Once you’ve exhausted that, add in some space scenes; a house that’s also a rocket; a two-storey sofa... sidenote: Lego is supposedly the new yoga so you’ll be totally zen before the bricks go back in their box.

Some inspiration for you here:

UPDATE A FAIRYTALE

2019 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 RECIPE

In 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.
Film related activities for kids

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.


Film related activities for kids

DREAM UP A FICTIONAL WORLD

Have 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:
Of course, not everyone has a virtual reality headset lying around, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a fictional world too. Get messy with papier-mâché or stay traditional with some pencils.
Film related activities for kids

GO ON A BUG HUNT

If 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.
Film related activities for kids

EMBRACE YOUR INNER FILM CRITIC

Get 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 GOING

The 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.
Film related activities for kids