By now we have all gotten that email: SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED!!! I know some of us shuddered, some of us went right into planning and some even yelled at the phone or computer. But after it all sunk in, I suspect most of us asked ourselves: “What I am going to do with my kids for 2 whole weeks?” Books and movies?
Well, I scoured Netflix, Hulu and Disney+ to find movies and shows based on kids books. We know our kids will beg for screen time, so let’s get sneaky and include reading and writing. Below you will find a list of books and where to find the movie. I have also included a few easy activities that can be combined with any book. And if you don’t know where to start I have bolded the titles my kids have personally read and enjoyed the movie.
Books Made Into Movies or Shows
- Goosebumps (Netflix) (Hulu)
- Aliens Ate My Homework (Netflix)
- The Adventures of TinTin (Netflix)
- The Magic School Bus (Netflix)
- White Fang (Netflix)
- Benji (Netflix)
- Stuart Little (Netflix)
- Judy Moody (Netflix) (Hulu)
- Charlotte’s Web (Hulu)
- Mary Poppins (Netflix) (Disney+)
- Wrinkle in Time (Netflix)
- Jumanji (Hulu)
- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (Netflix)
- Harriet the Spy (Netflix)
- The Spiderwick Chronicles (Netflix)
- The BFG (Hulu)
- A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)
- Captain Underpants (Netflix) (Hulu)
Books & Movies for Younger Kids
- Llama Llama (Netflix)
- The Little Prince (Netflix)
- The Grinch (Netflix)
- Curious George (Hulu)
- The Cat in the Hat (Netflix) (Hulu)
- Room on the Broom (Netflix)
- Horrid Henry (Netflix)
- Green Eggs and Ham (Netflix)
- Lorax (Hulu)
- Paddington (Hulu)
- Boss Baby (Netflix) (Hulu)
- Ferdinand (Hulu)
Great Activities that Incorporate Writing
Matchbox Chapter Summary – I am starting with this one because it is my all-time favorite activity and I have yet to meet a kid who doesn’t love it. It incorporates writing, reading comprehension and art. And they turn out FABULOUS!!!! If you have young kids, simply have them draw the summary.
Design a Bookmark – Cut out some bookmark size paper and have your kids draw their favorite scene from the book.
Create a Diorama – A simple box and some creativity and you child can create a 3D scene from the book.
Paper Bag Book – Grab some brown paper bags and create a book. Each page could be a chapter summary or picture.
Who is Ready for Some Fun?!
I hope you and your little ones can enjoy books and movies together! If you know of another book/movie combo, please let us know in the comments. And I would LOVE to see pictures of the projects!!