We could think of many ways to spend a fruitful time with the family but nothing is quite as relaxing as enjoying a movie together, especially one that has learning points that you could discuss with your kids about. Lucky for us, there have been plenty of movies released that are as exciting as they are educational. Here are five you could spend the next weekend watching, all cuddled up cosily on the couch (or in the theatres), including some classics that will bring you back to your own younger days.
There is so much to love about this movie (the gorgeous settings, the rich cultural references, etc), but our favourite aspect of it is how unconventional it is. Mulan is not the typical Disney character or heroine with their flowy dresses, but she’s our favourite, because of the strength she demonstrates in overcoming gender stereotypes. This is a good movie to discuss integrity and strength of character.
If you’re a fan of the Roald Dahl books, you’d know that they’re chock-full of lessons that you keep with you for the rest of your life. We still remember the magic of reading one of Roald Dahl’s classics (our favourites are Matilda and the BFG, what’s yours?) and it is a dream come true to have The BFG come to life on the big screen on 18 August. The adventures of Sophie and the gentle Big Friendly Giant – collecting dreams and sending them to children, fighting against the man-eating giants from Giant Country – are sure to delight the whole family. Make sure to catch it when it’s out on 18 August!
Lilo and Stitch
“Ohana means family. Family means no one gets left behind.” If that isn’t one movie quote you hope your kids will grow up remembering, we don’t know what is. Actually here’s an equally important one, from the Wizard of Oz: “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home”.
Originally a novel by author E.B White, this classic children’s literature illustrated the moving story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. We love the book, and we love the movie even more because it allows us to share the joy of the story with our kids! With themes like loyalty and acceptance, this thoughtful movie is for days where you feel the need to speak to your kids about friendship, a theme central to their lives which this movie addresses very well.
Zootopia’s one of our favourite animation movies of recent years and we cannot stop gushing about how good it is! it is clever and witty and has themes like about stereotyping and social inclusion that you could discuss with your older children, especially in our modern world that is so sadly full of strife. Also a good reminder for us adults to examine our own deep-rooted principles. Definitely a must watch!
We could probably expand this list to 50 must-watch movies because there are so many good movies out there! If you have more suggestions about movies we should suggest, drop us a comment below!