Our latest movie night was all about bugs! A Bug's Life, to be exact. Our family loves this movie. Ashlyn hadn't seen it in awhile so it was fun to see her reaction now that she's a little older. She thought it was fun. I love hearing her laugh and seeing what she thinks is funny. Anyway, here's what we did for the movie!
We had a picnic in the living room! Sub sandwiches, potato salad, and fruit (not pictured). If the weather is right and you have the opportunity, definitely have a picnic outside. I think that would be fantastic.
We had "ants on a log" for a snack (celery stuffed with peanut butter with raisins on top). I think trail mix would be a cute idea for a snack, too, to represent all the grain and seeds the ants collect in the movie.
Honestly, we didn't have any besides the blanket and picnic basket on the floor. I tried to find some non-creepy looking bug toys to decorate with at the Dollar Store, but didn't find much (I wasn't about to spend a bunch of money on stuff Ashlyn wouldn't want afterward... she's not a fan of most bugs... only animated ones and "cute" ones like butterflies... I don't know where she got that from her mom). Some bug catching nets or things like that would be cute to have around, too. I did see some other family's movie nights where they dress up their stuffed Mickey to celebrate the movie and I thought that was a wonderful idea. So here is Minnie wearing some antennae (more on that in a second).
Ashlyn colored while I got a few things together and before we went out to get the subs. (And yes, she is wearing dog ears. lol She was playing dress up before this.)
I put some antennae on a few headbands so we could all be "honorary bugs" during the movie. I just cut a pipe cleaner in half, wrapped one end around the headband and wrapped the other around a pom pom (bonus idea for any alien type movie night you have coming up, too ;) ).
Another fun idea would be to make your own inventions, like Flik, out of stuff around the house. If you have a kid who is not afraid of bugs or getting dirty (ie. not my kid), you could also go on a bug hunt!
Our next movie night coming up will be based on Epcot and feature probably The Three Caballeros! Look for that early next month.