Back in the summer, our family had the chance to go see Monsters University in the theatre and we all loved it! I am always particularly impressed by movies that can so appropriately entertain young children and also subtly incorporate adult humor so that the whole family can enjoy the film. Like Monsters Inc., Monsters University was completely awesome. On top of the entertainment factor, it shares the most heart-warming message about following your dreams and using the talents that you have to achieve those dreams. Of course, there are all the figurative and literal obstacles to overcome, which only Disney and Pixar can do so well. Have you seen the movie yet? It is so good!
I was given the opportunity to watch Monsters University again at home recently and we gave a little extra attention to the underlying message with a fun activity. This is what we did: throughout the day, I casually pulled each of my kiddos aside and asked them what their special talents were. They each came up with a handful of things that they enjoy doing and also thought they were especially good at.
Later, before watching the movie, I had the girls (and a friend) sit down to make a movie poster. I pinned up a few pictures from Monsters University that I had downloaded from Disney.com and I asked the kids to each add to the poster by drawing an original monster. I asked them to create a monster that had the same special talent as one of the talents they saw in themselves earlier that day. They were all over it and it was so much fun to see how their drawings developed. Olivia (8) created a monster with a skinny waist and big legs that was excellent at hula-hooping. Her friend, also 8, drew a monster with various artist tools incorporated into its body parts – that monster’s talent was drawing. Grace, 5, drew a monster with a baseball mitt as one of its many hands and wrote “He is good at catching.” My little 4-year-old drew a tic tac toe shaped monster and covered the page with glitter – she said he was good at tic tac toe – hahaha!
I think the girls all really liked the activity; as they finished up, we started the movie and they loved watching it all over again. I hope that doing our Monstrous Talent Activity was a fun way for the kids to spend some time focusing on their individual talents. I also hope that doing the activity ahead of time encouraged them to process the messaging as they watched the movie. It’s so important that we help each other recognize our unique talents AND recognize that we can always learn new things and improve ourselves. With my kids so young, they are easily discouraged when they see a friend or each other able to do something that they can’t do yet and it’s a daily task to find ways of encouraging our kids to chase their dreams no matter the obstacle. I’m appreciative for a movie that portrays this message in a fun and humorous way, with a happy, albeit unexpected outcome!
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