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5 Ways We Make Movietime Interesting

By Anissa Mayhew |

When it comes to movies it is a chore to find one “old enough” for the 13yo, yet “young enough”  for the 7yo.

Don’t forget that whatever they agree on the 10yo is sure to hate.

So short of shooting them all in the butts with tranquillizer darts, we’ve had to think up ways to keep it engaging.

Or they can get bored.

And I think we all know that’s a fate worse than spiders.

So, you get the 5 WAYS WE MAKE MOVIETIME MORE INTERESTING

  1. MOVIE BINGO – kids’ movies tend to have a very common thread and making the Bingo cards can be as easy or hard as you’d like.  Take “Shrek”  for example: the squares can read “GINGERBREAD MAN”, “SHREK BURPS” OR “SOMEONE WEARS SOMETHING PURPLE”. This can get kids to watch very intently.
  2. HOT SEAT – my kids tend to get distracted and then uninvolved. As a way to keep their minds on the subject, we have an alarm that goes off every 10-15 minutes and when the clock goes off WE ALL SWITCH SEATS.  Parent involvement is very important in this one.
  3. MUTE – If your kids are like mine, you’ve seen THIS movie before. A thousand times before. If you have seen a movie so many times your kids can recite it, it’s a great time to teach them about improv. Put the movie on play, put the TV on mute and makeup your own lines of what they’re saying.  Imagine they’re discussing bobbing for apples aaaaand GO! (seriously, some fantastic laughs come from this)
  4. EAT - some parent might remember the grow-up version from last night the weekend college. You can put a bowl of munchie treat of your choice (i recommend this) in the center. Everyone gets a movie “word” or “phrase”.  When that word/phrase is said they “EAT”.
  5. THEME – this is an idea that we got somewhere else, but have put our own Mayhew-tastic flavors on it. Having snacks that fit the movie, like “Finding Nemo” and gummy fish OR “Snow White” and apple slices. Each person designs their own movie ticket. Whatever to make our movie night at home like we’re out a theater

What tricks do you use to keep movie night exciting?

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One thought on “5 Ways We Make Movietime Interesting

  1. dusty earth mother says:

    Love it, Anissa! Particularly “Eat”. Not that I have any college memories of this or anything.

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