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Thinking of what movie to watch with your kids? There seem to be a lot of kid-friendly movies to choose from, but the first thing that will surely come to your mind is Disney. Disney can be a part of every kid's childhood. Those of us who grew up watching Disney films, remember them with a sense of nostalgia of fun childhood memories. We want our kids to experience the same. And the great thing is that many of the films promote positive themes.
School of Family Life's Researchers from Brigham Young University had headed a study about the positive effects of watching Disney films. They watched 61 films that include well-known animated Disney movies. They analyzed 5000 minutes of those movies, and 5,530 were found to be pro-social acts. Researchers found that there was one positive social interchange for every minute of a Disney movie watched. It was concluded that watching these films at a young age promotes positive actions. It's cool to know that our kids are positively influenced by every Disney character that becomes their favorite. Without further ado, here is an age-appropriate list of animated and non-animated Disney films that you can watch with your kids!
Toddlers have short attention spans when watching kiddie shows or movies. They are often attracted to singing and dancing characters that are strikingly colorful and lively. We should select films that have a simple concept, which they can easily understand, and of course, something musical and appealing for their age. However, you still need to watch out for villains that can look scary for them. Here's what's on our list:
Watching preschool appropriate films can help encourage creative play and enhance learning. However, you need to guide them and explain certain scenarios as preschoolers love to copy actions from what they watch. They may also not be able to differentiate fantasy and reality. Here are examples of Disney films that you can watch with your preschooler:
School-aged kids can follow a simple plot and be able to link different scenes. Take time to watch movies with your kids to connect with them. This age group still needs guidance especially when watching non-animated films that contain bullying, violence and scary parts. Here are some Disney films to watch for this age group:
Pre-teens might now be more interested in non-animated movies. Films that are more about adventure, fantasy, and somehow relatable to their age. Have a great time and connect with them while watching these fun Disney films:
Teens might be more interested in movies they can relate to, same-age protagonists or simply movies that stars a teen. They can also be into adventures and comedy. Watch with your teen as there may be topics or scenes they want to discuss with you. We have found these fun movies that you and your teen will surely enjoy!
You've got a long list of Disney films here, so your kids will never run out of movies to watch (not at least soon!). Besides the positivity and enjoyment that your children can get from these flicks, it is the perfect opportunity to bond with your family. Quality time spent with family promotes camaraderie and emotional bonding. Based on studies, kids who spend time with their parents do better in school compared with other children. Also, watching with your kids can let you explain certain scenarios that they do not understand, and doing so will teach them proper values to become a better person.
If you know other Disney films that are not on the list, let us know so we can check their age rating and add them for you. Enjoy your movies!