Although I wistfully dream of my children playing outdoors for hours, then coming inside and happily doing crafts at the table while I bake homemade bread . . .
But most days, by 3:00 in the afternoon, we’re just counting down the minutes until Daddy gets home. Read between the lines here: This is when the tv comes on.
My children watch their fair share of Disney cartoons and Barney (is that still cool?), but I’ve also built our collection of films that we can enjoy together as a family. In fact, my second son doesn’t like television at all and will only sit and watch a movie if I sit with him; so I am always looking for something we can watch together that doesn’t make me want to go bonkers.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is an oldie, but goodie. Granted, the scenery and costumes are pretty awful, but the singing and dancing keep this one alive. My oldest especially enjoyed the plot line, and it brought up a lot of good questions.
Annie features singing, dancing, and not too much talking. I watched this recently with the boys, and they loved it. I will add that there are one or two sexually-charged scenes, but at this point, it just went over the boys’ heads. Watch for the remake coming out this Christmas!
Enchanted has a touch of animation and a sweet, funny story that makes even me laugh.
Bedknobs & Broomsticks also features some animation, a few good songs, and one great battle scene with magic knights and soldiers (to whet your child’s appetite for Harry Potter, of course).
Sound of Music is a timeless classic. Since I’m a bit of a WWII history fanatic, I love the historical backdrop of this story. This one is long and does have a lot of talking, so it’s definitely for the older preschooler.
Babies is a documentary-style film that even my one year olds like. It follows four babies from birth to one years of age in four different locations (Japan, Africa, Mongolia, & USA) and is surprisingly fascinating.
Pollyanna is a story about a chipper little girl who come to live in a new town with her strict aunt, and how the little girl changes the aunt and the town for the good.
Herbie the Love Bug or Herbie Rides Again is a movie featuring a car that can drives itself. Ok, I’ll confess, I did not watch all of this with my son, but he absolutely loved it and keeps asking to check it out of the library again.
Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way. No further explanation needed.
Swiss Family Robinson has such a great treehouse, there’s no way this one won’t captivate your child.
What are some of your favorite “real” movies for preschool-aged children?