As part of my efforts to make learning valuable life lessons fun for my boys, I participated in a sponsored post for Collective Bias® where I created a fun family movie night featuring the Disney Planes Movie.
I’m not gonna lie. Teaching kids life lessons can be hard. They glaze over. The don’t get it. They nod their heads enthusiastically and then completely forget every word you say. I’ve been through this process once with my older son and I know how difficult it can be to instill the importance of key character traits like courage and honesty. So, when I recently heard that the new Disney Planes movie was coming out and had a big focus on being courageous in all situations, I knew it would be a great way to teach MillerBug a lesson on a level that he could understand.
You see, teaching lessons often is met with resistance, especially in the all too stubborn little boy world. So, finding things that excite my kids but also teach them is just about the only way I’ve found to make my boys really get what I’m trying to say. Armed with a lot to say about courage, I set out to create a family movie night using the Planes Movie that would get both the boys engaged and excited to see what a little cropduster named Dusty could show them.
Since MillerBug is beyond obsessed with planes right now, I decided to make the night super special by creating a zoom-worthy snack to kick things off. Since you all know that I’m all about the healthy treats, I paired bananas with raisins and used the fun shapes to create plane themed snacks. I simply laid out a long banana. Next, I cut a second one in half for wings.
Then I allowed MillerBug to place raisins for windows!
Now the only thing that was missing was a tail! Since I knew that the boys would beg for a little something sweet, I used whipped cream to make the tail of the plane. That way as they enjoyed their snack, they could dip their plane into whipped cream for a special treat!
Once our snacks were made, we were ready to check out the movie. Now, I’ll admit I’m one of those moms that doesn’t allow food outside of the kitchen so we indulged upstairs and then headed to the basement for family movie night.
With the focus being teaching MillerBug a fun lesson about courage, we could all hardly wait to check out the movie!
Once we got downstairs, I popped the movie in the DVD player and let the Disney magic begin! From moment one, MillerBug was mesmerized and just couldn’t get enough of the planes. But what was really great was when the fun of the movie turned into a real learning experience!
Because as we watched Dusty go from wanting to be someone else to embracing who he was, I saw the understanding start to click in both the boy’s eyes. And then as Dusty took chances, showed courage and learned to put others in front of himself, I really started to think they were getting it.
Neither boy moved a muscle during the movie but when it was over we sat down and had a long talk about how it takes courage to be who you are and to do great things. We looked at how Dusty faced scary situations and overcame them, simply by the will to be greater. It was a great way to show the boys that you don’t have to be the biggest or the strongest. You don’t even have to be what society expects or deems as successful. You simple have to have the courage to take chances and do great things. And that is what truly makes you courageous.
Now, I know those are a lot of big thoughts for a little boy but I have to say, I think my MillerBug got it. And as I watched him get it, I was even more touched to see my J-Man get it. And my hubby get it. And yeah, even I got it. Because sometimes it takes simplicity and a story aimed at the eyes of a child to teach us all a valuable lesson.
Now, I know MillerBug understands what courage is and why it matters. I know that when we tell him to have the courage to do great things, he will think of Dusty. And he will remember that it’s not who others think you are that matters . What really matters is who you have the courage to be. I know this movie inspired him. It inspired me. And it inspired my whole family.
We learned the lesson of courage. We learned that it’s not about size or color or class. Instead it’s about being brave enough to be who you were meant to be.
And that’s a lessons that I can only imagine will have magical results in all our lives.
Are you ready to watch your child learn how to be courageous? I encourage you to take them on an adventure with Dusty and all his friends where the lessons they learn will only be surpassed by the joy on their faces! I encourage you to discover a world of adventure that will touch your entire family with the Planes the Movie! Own it on Blu-ray Combo Pack & Digital HD on November 19!