Author: For Obama

10 of the Best Children and Family Movies of all Time

With so many children and family-friendly movies to choose from, finding one or two to watch with kids should not be a hardship. But picking one from among the wealth of choices can be tricky. Here are some of the best films to add to your list of must-see movies with everyone in the family.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Why watch this: A family sci-fi classic, a story of friendship between a boy and an extra terrestrial being, a heartwarming tale

Finding Nemo (2003)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Why watch this: Beautiful storyline, vibrant colors, lovable creatures, provides insights about marine life and the different species that inhabit the oceans and seas

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)

Genre: Fantasy
Why watch this: Last installment of the Harry Potter film series, then final battle, a bittersweet finale to the much loved world of wizards and its beloved characters

Inside Out (2015)

Genre: Fantasy, Comedy-Drama
Why watch this: An imaginative tale that touches on emotions, colorful and vibrant, thought-provoking

Pinocchio (1940)

Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Why watch this: Imaginative and poignant coming-of-age story, inspired by the story Pinocchio: Tales of a Puppet by 19th century Italian author Carlo Collodi, beautiful and heart-tugging work

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Why watch this: Disney’s first feature-length animated film, a fantasy and musical animation movie that received critical success, one of the more enduring Disney films

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Why watch this: An enduring tale of adventure; the characters like Dorothy, the Wicked Witch, and more; the Yellow Brick Road, the music

Toy Story 2 (1999)

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Why watch this: Captivating, witty, and fun; wonderful toy cast

Toy Story 3 (2010)

Genre: Fantasy, Comedy-Drama
Why watch this: They toy casts adventures continue as Andy prepares for college; heartwarming

Up (2009)

Genre: Fantasy, Comedy-Drama
Why watch this: A beautiful film that showcases imagination and creativity, colorful, poignant, vibrant, lovable characters

Fund Activities to Do with Kids during the Cold Months

children in snow

The cold months have been associated with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or what many refer to as the winter blues. While not everyone who live in cold climates suffer experience it, the season itself may be limiting at some point. Shorter hours to enjoy daylight and soak up some sunlight and spending more time indoors are just some of the reasons why some people feel unusually rundown or sad during the winter months. For children, the time spent cooped indoors can be restricting. On the upside, there are many ways to make the winter season a happy time regardless of how cold the days or nights get.

1. Get creative with snow. Building a snowman is one of the most common and fun activities children enjoy. Kids can unleash their creativity by making other types of snow figures. A friendly competition in among siblings in the family or other playmates can make the activity more exciting.

2. Organize an arts and crafts time. Arts and crafts not only engage children’s imagination. It also sparks creativity. Organize an art and crafts time where kids can freely create anything they want. Or you can come up with themes that the kids would love to work on. You can also have them invite their friends over to make their arts and crafts day more fun.

3. Cooking and baking lessons. Cooking and baking all sorts of treats is also one of the many winter activities for kids as well as the whole family. You can invite friends over to sample the goodies you and your kids make. You can also have your kids wrap the treats and donate them at the church or at the local homeless shelter.

4. Play outdoors. Make winter exercise a part of your family’s daily routines. Go out for long morning walks to get the exercise you need and to enjoy the fresh, chilly air. Have a snowball fight in the yard or go for an afternoon of sledding. Just make sure that your children are properly bundled up to protect them from the cold.

5. Build an indoor fort. Have your kids build a fort or set up your living room for indoor camping. Prepare hot mugs of chocolates, bring out the storybooks and board games, or have everyone gather around for some storytelling.

6. Housecleaning chores. Don’t wait for spring to start organizing your home. Encourage your kids to declutter by getting rid of things they no longer use. Have them donate their old toys, shoes, clothes, books, and other stuff to the church or local groups involved in volunteer work for children.

7. Explore the city. Rediscover your city or head to places you and the kids have never been before. Visit children’s museums, order hot chocolates and treats in a kids-friendly café while watching the throng of people, and spend time in various children-oriented attractions in your area.