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Turn Movies into Awesome Activities

Is your child obsessed with a movie and their whole world revolves around it?

Perhaps it’s Frozen, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The Lego Movie among countless others. Well here we’re going to show you how to take that movie and turn it into an awesome fun family adventure to explore these fictional characters in fun and engaging ways. You’ll all have a blast!  Here are some cool games that are movie inspired, but you can take these ideas and adapt them to any movie that has caught your child’s attention.

Star Wars

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Wow, there is a myriad of activities that you can do here as a family, so here’s a couple of ideas.

No movie game is complete without a few props, so get some dress up clothes and lightsabers (which could be pool noodles) and turn your child into a Jedi Knight or Princess Amadala.

  • The giant Star Wars Obstacle course. You can go wild here, but in the case of Star Wars create an obstacle course that involves navigating through a battle. To add to the thrill, set them a challenge against a timer. They could navigate through a Storm Trooper onslaught of laser fire by tying red string through trees or even across furniture if you’re inside. Make sure they know not to touch the string and for extra bits of excitement add bells to the string so it can set off an alarm. They could even shoot through a tie fighter with their lightsabers, which you can make from cardboard; they can bowl down Storm Troopers or even bomb the Death Star with water bombs. The tie fighter and the Death Star can literally just be an image that you print out online and stick to some cardboard. For the bowling game again print out colouring pages and stick them onto the skittles. Simple.
  • Lightsaber Training. Again the kids can battle it out with their lightsabers, and you could use white balloons which have pictures of Storm Troopers on. If you’ve got lightsabers cool, if not just improvise with some pool noodles.
  • Star Wars Scavenger Hunt. Princess Amadala has gone missing and they need to find her. Give them a starting point where they will find their first clue, that clue then leads them to the next, and here they carry on until they ‘find’ the princess.

Frozen

Well considering that this is the highest grossing animated movie of all time, there’s got to be some Frozen fans out there.

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Again, get the props out, the dress up outfits and you’re off.

  • The Frozen Treasure Hunt. Here you can have the trolls as the masters of minerals and yielders of the night sky. Give the kids a starting point, with a clue and each clue leads to the next that the kids have to solve to help Anna and Kristoff unlock Arendaelle’s eternal winter and banish Prince Hans back to the Southern Isles.
  • A snowball fight. Here you can get some white balloons, fill them up with water and let the kids have a snowball fight.
  • Dress up as a snowman. This could be awesome fun. Get the kids to dress up as snowmen with toilet paper!
  • Ice block races. Even the boys will find this fun. Get pieces of wood that are quite thin and long, almost shaped like a sled. Glue some wood along the sides and the end to ‘contain’ the ice block and drill some holes at the top and thread string through. Sled done. Now you need the ice. Either find a company in your area that does big ice blocks that you can use or even create them out of a brick covered with some white paper. The kids can now have a race. They have to collect their ice block, put it on their sled and see who reaches the finish line first.
  • Stage a Frozen play. Get some props and some costumes for your kids to dress up in and they can create a play based on the movie. Let them decide on which part of the movie they’re going to create, write the scripts and memorise them. Help them to set up the ‘stage’ and they can rehearse their lines and get ready for opening night. They can send out some invitations, and their audience can watch an awesome Frozen play.

percy jackson

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Any Percy Jackson fans out there? Well you can have some adventures of note with this theme.

Don’t forget the props again; swords are a must as are clothes to complete the action!

  • Have a Percy Jackson book adventure. Right sounds a bit weird, but the Percy Jackson books series by Rick Riordanare are just as cool as the movies. This activity will get your kids reading, and you can then have a ‘book adventure’.  Get to the library and choose which of the books you want, as there are a couple. They need to read the book, or you can read it together depending on the age of the child and they can then get ready for adventures. Let them choose their favourite character and then they can ‘act out’ their favourite scene from the book. Get them outdoors to do this and join in on the adventure together.
  • Make a Percy Jackson film. This is sure to get the kids excited. Get the kids involved in making their own Percy Jackson film. If you’ve got more than one child they can each take on a different character. Get the mobile phone out and the kids can act out their favourite scenes. You can keep it simple with one scene or you can film a number of scenes and can edit the videos and stitch them together to create their own movie. There are heaps of apps out there that will allow you to do this. One such app is iMovie on iPad. It’s an inexpensive app ($4.99) that is simple to use. And if you have an Android phone, Magisto-Magical Video Editor in the Google Play store is a good option. If you’re new to video editing, using one of these two tools is easy. If you make your own movie why not become a Junior Detective for us and post it up on your page and let everyone know how you did it.
  • Stage an epic Percy Jackson sword fight! Okay so we don’t want the kids and you to kill each other, so we’ll go for the safe sword option, and then you can create an epic battle. The sword won’t turn into a pen, but hey you can have fun with the battle anyway. You can buy foam swords in any shops, and you can use these, or you can make your own with pool noodles and PVC piping. Get some pool noodles, the thickest you can find with holes in the middle and push through some PVC piping, just make sure that they’ll fit. The PVC piping helps to keep it rigid but harmless at the same time. Leave a bit of PVC piping at the end of the pool noodle for the handle. Decorate your swords with duct tape. This also helps keep it all together. Let someone be the monster which Percy has to fight; go on you know you want in on the game, and your kids have to defend themselves and defeat the monster! If you’re the monster, each time they hit a part of your body you can’t use it until you are defeated!

harry potter

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This is one awesome set of books and movies all in one, and a lot of kids are fascinated with Harry Potter and his wizarding ways. Here are some awesome games to bring Harry alive in your home.

  • Play Quidditch out in the garden. Who doesn’t like to watch a tense game of quidditch? Even though this clearly won’t be in the air, as we haven’t created a spell to do that, this will be a quidditch game on the ground. Well get ready for the action in your backyard and you have to play too! First decide which teams you’ll all be in, and if there’s some in fighting to all be in Gryffindor then take turns. Set up two goals at either end of your backyard and everyone gets a broomstick which they’ll sweep the golden snitch into the goal. Get a yellow ball and see which team will be victorious.
  • Potions class. There’s something about potions that appeals to kids of all ages, and what better way to have a potions class by tying it into this awesome movie series. Someone needs to be the sinister Severus Snape to make the potion class come alive. Dads, off you go – get the cape out, put on the sinister look and you’re all sorted. Get the kids dressed up in some wizarding costumes and let the potions class commence.
  • Exploding Soap
    • What you need
    • Bar of Ivory soap. It must be Ivory soap otherwise this won’t work. If you’re in Australia you can buy it at Chalkdrop
    • Plate
    • Microwave
    • What to do
    •    Place Ivory soap on a plate
    •    Heat in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.
    •    Watch as it bubbles and grows into a cloud-like shape over 6 times its original size.
    •    The plate will be hot, so be careful.

Once the soap cools, it will clean even the most stubborn magical stains from a wizard’s or witch’s skin. Break off a piece and use with water to wash

  • Buzz Fizz
    • What you need
    •          A glass mixing bowl
    •          10 grams sodium hydrogen carbonate (or 3 teaspoons of baking soda)
    •          4 to 5 tablespoons of vinegar
    •          10 2 centimetre pieces of vermicelli
    •          Water
    • What to do
    •          Fill a clear container ¾ full with water. Add the sodium hydrogen carbonate (or baking soda) and stir to dissolve
    •          Add the broken up pieces of vermicelli to the container
    •          Then add the vinegar. The vermicelli should ‘dance’ after a few minutes, if it doesn’t add more baking soda and vinegar.
    •          You can use different things like raisins, mothballs, popcorn or even rice to see how they all dance differently!

the lego movie

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This cracking movie should appeal to all age groups and both boys and girls as Lego is for everyone.  If ‘Everything is Awesome’ is stuck in your head forever, then embrace it and have some cool Lego Movie adventures!

 

  • Make a Lego Movie comic strip. This is such an awesome activity that will get the kids creative juices flowing, whether they’re a girl or a boy, younger or older they can tailor their comic to the many aspects of the film; Emmet, Wyldstyle a ninja, Vitruvius a wizard, Lord Business an evil tyrant, Good Cop Bad Copy for some cops and robbers fun, or the old favourite Batman as super heroes. They’ve got loads to work with here. Creating a comic can really get them thinking and they can create whatever they want…a make believe world or a silly comic or they can even create their own characters and do something different. All you need is some paper, pencils, black pens a ruler, crayons and a scanner or camera phone. Get them to choose their theme, their characters and their setting. Check out some comics online to get them thinking too. Let them sketch out their characters and write down some notes of who and what their characters are and what they’re going to be; even if it’s imaginary Lego characters. Let them go crazy. Then get them to think out the story; the introduction, the build-up and the punchline. Get them to draw the borders of their comic and they can get started. They can first add their words in speech bubbles or their pictures, it doesn’t matter let them go with it. They should do it in pencil first and then once they’re happy they can trace over it with a black pen. When they’re drawing, get them to go crazy, draw bizarre and funny pictures, crazy faces and crazy scenes. For some extra fun, let them share their creation; take some pictures of the final comic strip. Let them become a Junior Detective and share their comic strip with us and how they did it! A masterpiece worth sharing.
  • Make a Lego Stop Animation Movie. If your child is into Lego, they’ve no doubt watched some Lego stop animation videos on YouTube. Well here we’ll show you how to do it. It takes a bit of time, but it is worth the effort, and the kids will just love it.
  •          Story ideas
  •          Pencil and paper
  •          Smart phone or tablet
  •          A movie-maker app like the LEGO Movie Maker app for iPad and a good Android option is Clayframes – Stop Motion from the Google Play Store
  •          Stable camera base, such as a tripod
  •          Props and toys
  •          A backdrop or stage
  •          Construction paper, markers, crayons and other craft materials, as needed
  •          Choose your story. You can work with the kids here to come up with some ideas. Our suggestion is to start with something short. As you get the hang of it you can go onto bigger and better things. Remember it needs to have a beginning, middle and an end. Get everyone’s ideas together. You could even use a story your kids have already written.
  •          Decide on your characters and props. So you’ll need the Lego characters you want for the movie as well as props for each part of the story.
  •          Create your backdrops. You can actually use LEGO sheets as your backdrops for this.
  •          Where are you going to shoot your film? Decide on locations, you can have a few, and always make sure there’s space for the camera.
  •          Download the movie app that’s right for your device, as we’ve shown above.
  •          The apps allow you to take a picture, move the stars of the show a bit and then take another picture to show the action happening. The LEGO app is really cool as it does all the hard work for you because you don’t have to take loads of pictures of each position. The app repeats and blends the photos. Awesome, or should we say ‘Everything is awesome’.
  •          The app will tell you to set up your title card which is the name of the movie and the name of the director.
  •          Place your characters and props in the right position for the opening scene and just follow the prompts. Now take the first shot.
  •          Take the next photo when you’ve moved the scene around a bit, keep repeating this until you’ve photographed the entire movie.
  •          As we said the LEGO app really does it all and you can edit the frames as you go along, edit sounds, music, speed everything.
  •          You can add things like thought bubbles or record a voice onto the movie, add sound effects that match the scene. You can even record a soundtrack to add to the magic.
  •          You’ll now be prompted to build your movie, wait and then watch. Edit it if you want to before you share or upload.
  •          If you feel comfortable upload your movie to YouTube or even upload it onto our website if you’re a Junior Detective to give other detectives ideas of filming their own movies.

There are literally thousands of ideas and thousands of movies that we could have covered, and kept you reading for 3 years, so we chose the best of the best and hope this sparks some ideas of your own. Get going with movie adventures.

About the Author

Lisa Steyn (51 Posts)

I’m a marketer by profession and a writer by nature. I discovered writing as my passion years ago, and have loved every bit of it, particularly writing for families in order to help them have fun and improve their lives. I’ve travelled the world extensively, lucky me! To make me happy put me next to the raging sea, or the calming mountains, and to get me firing on all cylinders send me on a wildlife safari!


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