Who doesn’t enjoy a good movie? Especially in the depths of winter, movies can be a great way to spend an afternoon, but if you’re looking for something to do once the credits roll, try one of these activities. Your kids will have a little bit of fun, whilst consolidating their understandings of the plot and the characters they have just watched. Win, win!
Wanted – Dead or Alive
Almost all films have a villain or a baddie of some sort. After watching the film, create a WANTED poster for the villain. Include information such as: their name, what it is they are wanted for, their appearance, the place they were last seen and any reward that is being offered for their capture.
Create a Chatterbox with film-related facts. If you can’t quite remember how to make one, go to: How to make a chatterbox to watch or simple video outlining the steps. On the four outside sections, write 4 adjectives to describe the film. On the inside, top layer, write 8 character names and on the central inside layer, write 8 film-inspired activities, such as: ‘Laugh like Gru’ or ‘Walk like a Minion’.
Plan what might happen in the sequel to the film. You could write ½ page to a page or you could create a storyboard with pictures and notes, explaining your ideas. Make sure you include information about the new plot, including the problem and the resolution and also include any new characters you would like to see introduced.
Plan and perform a ‘Trailer’ for the film you have just seen. You can use yourself as the actor/s or you can use dolls, toys or figurines. Think carefully about 3 or 4 exciting or funny scenes you can re-enact for your trailer. Remember, the purpose of a trailer is to make people want to see the film.
Many childrens’ movies are actually based on books. If this is the case for the film you have just seen, you can create a Venn Diagram to compare the book to the film. For this, you need 2 overlapping circles. The section where the circles overlap is where you write facts that are true for both the movie and the book. In the parts that are not overlapping, you use one to write facts that only relate to the book and one to write facts that only related to the film. Make sure you label your Venn Diagram.
If you wanted to make this activity a little more hands-on and interesting, you could use hula-hoops or large lengths of string to create your circles and then place ‘fact notes’ (facts written on strips of paper or even on paper cut to look like items or characters from the story) into each of the sections. Don’t forget, the overlapping part is where you put facts that are true for both the book and the film.
There are so many other fun ideas for once the credits roll: a Quick Quiz, a game of ‘Match the Quote to the Character’, a dinner party where you dress up as your favourite character; the list goes on. Tell us some of your ideas!
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