COVID-19 has forced many families to stay indoors and get creative with their spare time. To help your family exercise some media creativity during the quarantine, here are five ways to connect with your family with movies as the backdrop.
1. Create your own drive-in
There’s nothing like camping out under the stars to watch a good movie.
If you have a big enough backyard, make your own drive-in with a laptop and downloaded movies from streaming services. Or, if you want to get really fancy, put up a sheet to serve as “the big screen” with a projector and lay out a picnic blanket or towel with pillows to stay comfortable. Also, no movie is complete without popcorn, so be sure to have snacks on hand.
2. Make your own movie
Sometimes it can be hard for everyone to agree on what to watch on a Saturday night. Why not create your own story instead?
All you’ll need is a smartphone and some easy-to-operate editing software, which comes on many laptops or is free on the App Store or Google Play.
Make sure everyone has a part to play and costumes that their character would love! If you can’t get everyone to cooperate, make a documentary such as “A day in the life of…” and then show your family. You can even go the extra mile by having a premiere for your Bible study or friends in your living room… Lights, camera, action!
3. Play charades
Not only is charades a great way to get outside your comfort zone, it’s an excellent time to expand your movie knowledge.
Let’s say your brother gets up and acts in a scene of a movie you’ve never seen before. Sure, you may lose the round, but now you and your brother can watch the movie together and soak in that quality time.
4. Play movie bingo
Did you know Movieguide® has compiled several lists of family-friendly movies that are streaming on Netflix, Amazon and Disney+ right now?
Why not turn these lists into bingo boards? You can make the boards here, and mark out the movies you’ve seen. The first person who wins gets to pick the movie for that night!
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Another day of social distancing calls for more movies! Here’s some of our recommendations for family friendly flicks on @disneyplus. If you need a few more, check out Movieguide.org for our full list! . . . https://www.movieguide.org/now-streaming/15-disney-movies-to-watch-with-your-family-right-now.html
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Are you stuck inside not knowing what to watch with your family? Have no fear! Here’s 10 movies streaming on Netflix right now that are kid-friendly! If that’s not enough, we’ve complied an even bigger list over at Movieguide.org. Copy and paste the url to check them out! . . . https://www.movieguide.org/now-streaming/34-kid-friendly-movies-to-watch-on-netflix.html
5. Read a movie devotional
Did you know that several faith-based movies have devotionals on YouVersion? Movieguide®’s Founder, Dr. Ted Baehr, also has a devotional based off movies you’ll love. Sit your family around the dinner table, and talk about Jesus and how Christian themes present themselves on screen.
Have more ideas? Let us know!