Dinner and a Movie
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
is probably one of my top five movies of all time. Aside
from being an incredible story, it was just so well done.
Weve watched it more than a couple of times as a family
over the years! For this movie, consider the following fun
things to do WHILE you are watching the movie. Some of them
might require you to stop the movie momentarily, others
wont (as long as you have them prepared beforehand.)
To maximize the fun, do not let your family know what you
have planned or whats coming. Even if you only do
ONE of the fun things on the list, it will surprise your
family and make it special! Nothings ever too small
to be noticed!
list is detailed in chronological order according to the
& Seek - In the beginning of the movie, once the children
arrive at the professors house, they play a game of
Hide & Seek. You can either play a quick game before
you start the movie or
which would be more fun
the movie and play a quick game right then. It wont
take but 5-10 minutes to play (depending on the size of
your home and number of players.) For added fun, download
the song Oh Johnny by the Andrews Sisters (its
the song playing in the background when the children are
playing Hide & Seek in the movie!)
2. Have some tea made and ready so when Lucy is visiting
Mr. Tumnus for the first time, they can be drinking some
hot tea with them. (Even if the children do not like tea,
it can be fun to drink it along with someone like Mr. Tumnus!)
3. Turkish Delight is a type of jelly candy that is covered
with white powdered sugar. As a fun activity before the
movie, earlier in the day, make a batch of it with your
children. Its a very simple recipe (check youtube
for your pick of 100 different videos showing how to make
it.) When Edmund first meets the Queen, she gives him Turkish
Delight to eat - and your children will love eating it,
4. When all four children enter Narnia together for the
first time they each wear a different coat (because the
Witch had declared it forever Winter in Narnia.) At this
time pass out everyones coats to wear! Make sure everyone
wears them until Narnia begins to thaw!
5. If you are planning an actual dinner, a good time to
eat it would be when the children all meet with the beavers
to eat inside their home.
6. When Edmund heads to the Witchs castle, he sees
a stone tiger. He takes a burnt stick and draws a mustache
on the tiger with it. At this time, allow each child to
draw a mustache on each other with an eyebrow pencil. These
easily wash off afterwards.
7. Once the Witch grows tired of Edmund, she locks him inside
her ice prison. There hes given a cup of frozen water
and, what looks like, some type of dark bread. This is easy
to create, simply freezing some water in some coffee mugs
ahead of time and baking/buying some large muffins (crumbling
the tops a bit so that they dont look quite so pretty!)
8. As the children are lead by the beavers, they meet Santa
Claus (or so it is presumed) and each child is given a special
gift. It might be fun at this time to hand each child a
small wrapped gift to open.
9. Later, Peter is knighted by Aslan for defending himself
and his sisters against one of the wolves. A party supply
store has swords you can purchase (or you can simply make
one) and it would be a good time at this point to knight
of your children in the same way.
10. Eventually Edmund makes his way back to his siblings
and is eating breakfast in Aslans camp. It appears
that they are eating eggs and toast - a sampling of each
ought to do it for this portion of the movie.
11. Likewise at party supply stores one can easily find
some paper king/queen crowns rather inexpensively. When
the four children are crowned kings and queens of Narnia
at the end of the movie, crown your children, as well.