Fall Family Challenge: M is for Magical Movie Night {at home!}

Happy Monday! I hope that everyone had a safe and fun Halloween. I was a little bummed by our trick-or-treater turn out of 9 kids, but I wasn't at all surprised. We took AJ to a Halloween party at a local children's space and she won a costume contest.

We are so proud of our little garden gnome!! We didn't collect treats this year, as I think it would have been a little too obvious that the candy was going to mom and dad, ha ha. Be honest, how much of your children's candy do you sneak?

I know a few of my friends are doing this, and I think it's an excellent idea!! They are allowing their kids to use their candy like money to "buy" something like a new toy or book. Genius way of curbing overindulgence, too.

M is for Magical Movie Night

One of the traditions I'm so looking forward to starting with our daughter is a family movie night at home. There is just something about the image of a family all curled up on the couch sharing a movie that seems perfect to me. Here are some ideas for making your movie night even more special!

Make it a Living Room Drive In
There is something about cardboard boxes that kids just cannot get enough of! Perhaps it's the simplicity of them, and their ability to transform into anything. For a fun rainy day activity, let your little ones turn a cardboard box (that is big enough for them to sit in) into a car, rocket ship, or other automobile! Then host a family movie night in the living room drive-in style. Your little one will love watching their favorite characters light up on the TV from their box creations (and it sure beats $8/per ticket at the real movies!!!!)

Tickets, Please!
Make movie night official with your own family tickets! This idea is fantastic for imaginative play, as your little one will love collecting tickets from you and letting you enter the "theater." Make your own, or print off some templates like this one from Disney's Family Fun!

Choices, Choices!
As a child, one of my favorite things about going to the movies was looking through that glass display case and trying to decide what snack I wanted. Usually in my day it was the Sour Patch Kids that won out every time.

At home, keep a small plastic bin stocked with snacks of your choice (a variety of fruit snacks, suckers, mini candy bars, etc.) Throughout the week, let your child collect tokens for doing things like finishing their dinner, making their bed, sharing with their sibling, etc. When Family Movie Night comes along, set up concessions in your kitchen with prices for each treat! Your child will love trading in their tokens for special treats, and this is a great way to work on counting and responsibility as well!

Most importantly, remember to make it your own! At home, PJs are ok, pillows and blankets are a bonus, and your favorite stuffed animals can all have their own seats. Not to mention you can schedule intermissions for potty breaks!

Do you have any family movie night traditions? Please share them here or by emailing me at holly@hollyatnaptime.com

The Fall Family Challenge by Holly at Nap Time is designed to encourage families to do activities together and learn at the same time. There are no rules, no wrongs, no rights - just family fun!

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  1. Love her costume, so cute and what a great idea! We did collect candy and since she can't have it yet, Eric and I get all of it! We didn't go to too many houses though, just the grandparents and a couple neighbors that we knew would want to see her all dressed up. The candy wasn't really the important thing for us, more the experience and memories. Love the movie ideas! The choices one with the tokens is such a great one! You always make me so excited for when Avery gets older, so many fun things to do!


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