Today is movie day! Not just any movie day - we're going to start the day by having a movie pyjama party. We have a few things to do before we start the movie party.
SET UP: Kids get involved in setting up the living room as a bedroom: Mattresses! Pillows! Blankets! Quilts! Toys!
PILLOWCASE ART: Buy four plain white pillowcases and some fabric markers – or use some old pillowcases from home and whatever markers you already have. Cover a pillow and the kids have a special pillow for the movie pyjama party.
ACT OUT THE SONGS: 'All the cows are sleeping' // ‘There were 10 in the bed’ // '5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed' with kids and toys – really lie down and REALLY roll over!
LIGHTS OUT, TORCHES ON
Great movies for ages 6 and under include:
Winnie the Pooh
You can try set up a 'netflix movie party' with friends www.netflixparty.com
Choose 2-3 20-30 minute activities from the options below:
2 large eggs, 2 medium bananas, 2 TBs peanut (or other nut) butter, 1 tsp baking powder Preheat a large frying pan or griddle to low-medium heat. Place all the ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. (Add blueberries or chocolate chips to the batter). Lightly grease the frying pan/griddle with oil. Pour about 3 tablespoons of batter onto the griddle. Fry until you see a few air bubbles on top of the uncooked side. Flip, and continue to cook for 1-3 minutes on the second side. Repeat with the rest of the batter. Serve with yoghurt, maple syrup or whatever toppings you prefer. OR try Jamie Oliver's Pancake Recipe
Use paper pancakes as a non-standard measuring device to find items your home that are one pancake long, two pancakes long, etc. Then have your kid lay down on their side and measure how many pancakes long they are. Let them do the same for you. You could also tape together a string of pancakes with numbers on them, like a pancake measuring tape. As seen here.
Sculpt Movie Characters
Either buy, use what you have, or make some play dough/plastecine. Find buttons, bottle tops, pasta, rice, sticks, anything else around the house and set them out as an invitation to create. They can choose characters from the movie they just watched or another of their favourites and use all the materials in front of them to sculpt characters and scenes from the movie. If you have a shoe box or a cardboard sheet, they can build a scene on that.
Depending on your policy, the kids will probably have lots of fun jumping on mattresses. Or make an obstacle course with all the pyjama party paraphernalia.
Go for a high energy bike/scooter ride. Do a 'Run Forrest Run' running race.
Zoom with family or kids' friends and tell them about what you did today. You can even plan in advance for each zoom-er to watch the same movie and talk about it. Or watch different movies and share what they remember and learned.