I have been reading Charlotte's Web to R and he has really enjoyed the book. We read a little at meal times, bed time, and any other time we might feel like a good story. He sits and listens very well and he looks forward to our time spent reading. We finished the book yesterday morning, just in time to go see the movie. The movie was being projected on the outside of our local art museum as a part of their summer program, "Classic Movies in the Park." He was so excited.
We have been limiting screen time and R hasn't watched television in over a week, so this was a treat. We packed our chairs, blankets and cooler. We ate our dinner as we waited for night to fall. We watched the ducks and geese that were brave enough to come into the crowds searching for food. And when it was time to start the movie, R crawled into my lap, where he stayed the entire time. Afterwards, we talked about the differences between the book and the movie. It led to a nice discussion and I loved hearing R's answers.
So, not only did Charlotte's Web entertain us for days while we were reading, but it also provided a perfect opportunity to do some cuddling and a little exploring.
There won't always be a "Classic Movies in the Park," but a lot of children's books have been turned into movies. Here is a website that has a large list with varying age levels. I see quite a few that we might enjoy together as a family. And although I'm sure it will never be a regular occurrence, with a little research, this could possibly revive our "family movie night" on occasion.
Are there any child friendly movies, that are based on books, that you would recommend?