Guest Post by Occupational Therapist, Nicole Grant
Disney and Pixar are raising my kids, and I’m OK with that.
My two children are pretty big fans of animated movies. Like most 5 and 6 year olds, they’ve more recently been waving their arms dramatically in the air, conjuring castles and sun-loving snowmen.
There’s been a lot of press lately about screen time, and while I am a huge advocate for ‘green time’, I am still quite OK with planting my two in front of a big screen sometimes. Here are a few reasons why:
1. Kids tend to source imaginative play ideas from things they’ve seen. Case in point – the Frozen reinactment referred to above. The fort in the backyard is suddenly an ice palace, and the grass is covered in snow. Believe it.
2. Familiar characters can be used to engage kids in otherwise boring tasks. Reluctant to colour in? Here’s a picture of Mike and Sully. Let’s make a poster for your wall! Reluctant to write? Let’s write a list of all your favourite characters. Tell me about them.
3. Shy child? I bet they’ll move in closer to a group of kids talking about their favourite scene from Toy Story 2. They might even throw in a comment about how they’ve got Buzz Lightyear pyjamas.
4. I’ve got no problem with Repunzel wielding a frying pan in self defence. If the Road Runner had to contend with dynamite and trebuchet’s, then a kitchen item (which barely connects), is OK by me too. Today’s characters are far more friendly, helpful and kind. Not bad role models, don’t you agree?
5. My final point (for now – there could be dozens more) why I’m a fan of Disney, Pixar and other producers of quality viewing is this. We enjoy these shows as a family. Family time – in fact, any time! – is a precious rarity in this day and age. Anything that brings us together – to snuggle, share a giggle, and enjoy time together, is a wonderful thing.
So go watch Monsters University, Ice Age and How to Train Your Dragon. Then go outside.
Can your kids guess them all?
These alphabet prints are by Mike Boon.
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