Mom approved toddler movies for vacation 02 Jun 2022 Priya Kapoor, Vega Schools

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It is no secret that movies and videos are one of the greatest pleasures for children, but for parents on the other hand, it is a worry that kids will spend too much time in front of the screen. Top Gurgaon Schools understand that education is not just academics, but also social and emotional development. It is true that there are many educational films for kids that try to help parents solve a problem they all face when it comes to building up a good value system for their‌ ‌children. ‌During the holidays, how about ‌‌we‌ ‌help‌ ‌our‌ ‌children‌ ‌learn‌ ‌some good‌ ‌values‌ ‌through‌ ‌the‌ ‌entertainment‌ ‌of‌ ‌a‌ ‌movie‌? As they read wonderful books, movies can add some variety. However, ‌not‌ ‌all movies are suitable for your children, ‌so you have to take their ‌age and maturity level into consideration.

We are happy to suggest some ‌movies‌ (and their valuable life lessons) suitable ‌for‌ ‌o‌children aged between 3 to 6 years.

Finding Nemo: 

The movie has become an instant staple for children and parents alike. While it banks on the natural love that children have for ‌the sea and aquatic animals, it also teaches lessons about ‌the importance of family, obeying parents, and avoiding situations that can be dangerous.


The movie does not take long to evoke empathy in its audience towards Nemo, who is lost, and Marlin,‌ ‌who‌ ‌ is distraught. In the movie, the young audience is continuously rooting for them to reunite throughout the entire time. Similarly ‌in‌ ‌the‌ classroom ‌ ‌ and ‌ ‌on the playground, we should encourage children to understand each other's struggles and help each other when  ‌they‌ ‌are‌ ‌down.

Hard work: ‌

When children observe how Nemo and Marlin keep swimming despite‌ all the odds, it gives them the motivation to try the same with their homework and their basketball classes. Since their favorite movie teaches them importance of hard work and persistence, so the next time you want them to complete a chore they dread,‌ ‌you‌ ‌can‌ ‌quote their‌ ‌one of their favorite‌ ‌characters‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌movie. 

Better together: 

In the movie eventually Nemo and Marlin find each other with the help of the new friends they made along the way, teaching kids how friends can help each other achieve their ‌ ‌goals. ‌Likewise, in life, there may be times when we need the support of many hands to get us where we want to go. ‌Rather than treating each other as stepping stones, we should collaborate with friends and help each other.

Toy Story: 

Almost every child (and adult) who watches this movie falls in love with it and finds‌ ‌it‌ ‌highly‌ ‌relatable. ‌‌It is not only the jokes that make them laugh, but the characters of the movie also deeply touch them. ‌‌

Accept people as they are: 

In each of the Toy Story movies, one of the most important lessons is the development of acceptance. In a humble way, we are reminded by this movie that our children, family members, and friends all have their own talents, abilities, and ‌flaws that make them unique. ‌ As we make new friends, how easily we differentiate among each other based on our religion, our nation, state or city, or even our gender. ‌‌Our world will be a better place if our little learners understand that we are not all equal in life, but everyone has ‌equal‌ ‌value‌ ‌and‌ ‌dignity.

Team collaboration: 

Movie shows a certain bond between the friends highlighting the love and relationship between friends.  When children watch the friends Buzz, Woody and others standing by each other, not just in times of prosperity, but also in the face of adversity‌. "You have got a friend in me" is not just a one-liner, but the entire theme of the movie. Team collaboration is essential in life, even though everyone wants to be a leader and lead a team, it is not possible until they know how to collaborate. ‌Children are inspired to try the same with their friends when they see their favorite characters in a movie interacting, understanding, negotiating, and coming to a common solution together. 

The Good Dinosaur:

What a simple title, yet how meaningful this movie is! Arlo is a very ‌believable character, he has a lot of problems, he fears things, he is weak, and as a result, he gets disconnected from his family. The question of whether he should learn to live with his fears or overcome them‌ ‌is‌ ‌handled‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌lot‌ ‌of sensitivity. ‌The movie resonates with parents who know that their children can't outgrow their fears overnight, it is a process that takes time. 

Face your fears: 

Arlo struggled with everything but when one day he was carried downstream away from home, the only choice he had was to face his fears. ‌Arlo did not naturally possess the determination and courage required for that, but he had to develop them within‌ ‌himself.  ‌The journey Spot and Arlo took was not only challenging, but also filled with ‌difficult ‌choices‌ ‌and both friends had ‌to‌ take ‌independent‌  decisions. Once he gained that confidence, he fought hard to find his way back home. ‌

Embrace failure: 

Children‌ ‌get easily impressed and intimidated by superheroes, so we need movies that remind them that everyone goes through failures before they taste success. We are not born with confidence, it is a choice we make everyday, whether to stay fearful or be brave even when we are afraid. ‌‌As parents, we want to protect them from all problems, but letting them make a few decisions and learn from them won't be so bad. 

Love the family: 

The movie's central theme is family love, which is meant to assure every child watching the movie that their family is one that will be ready to ride tough storms for them and will love them‌ unconditionally.

Minions/Despicable me:

The minions are cute, happy, and energetic, and they make their way straight to the hearts of children. The children  ‌get naturally drawn to that energy and spark because they themselves possess‌ ‌it. Not only are these adorable little creatures making everyone laugh their heads off, but they also share tons of valuable life lessons. Among other things, minions inspire us to laugh out loud and not take anything too seriously. The most important thing is to enjoy your life, to be happy, that’s all that matters.

Find your happiness: 

The movie promotes bananas as one of the healthiest snacks, and mothers thank them for that, but there is another lesson hidden ‌here. For minions, happiness=bananas. Despite loving other foods too, they are clear that bananas are what actually makes them happy. ‌The simplest pleasures in life are what make us happy in life, and we need to teach our children this. 

It’s okay to cry: 

The Minions cry when they feel‌‌ ‌‌sad, and it is high time we normalize crying when we feel down, and we should learn to shed a few tears when we feel sad. ‌The children should be taught to express their emotions about different situations and how they feel they should deal with them. ‌A little crazy minion dance can sometimes help to deal with stressful situations.

Say yes to responsibility: 

We can use the example of minions next time we ask our child to help us set up a table or clean up after themselves. ‌As a result, their friends can always count on them because they don't shy away from responsibilities. ‌Kevin, for instance, takes responsibility for protecting his buddies from evil Scarlet, as he believes that it was he who was responsible for her hatred of the minions. ‌

These recommended movies are suitable for children of all ages, be it pre nursery, nursery school, kindergarten, primary school. Children of middle and senior school will equally enjoy them, as will parents. 

So let's fill our bowls with popcorn, turn off the lights, and snuggle up in bed with our little ones and venture into another world without having to leave‌ ‌our‌ ‌homes. By the time we turn on the lights again and finish all those snacks, we will realize that our child has learnt values and wonderful life lessons. And we can have wonderful conversations with our children about the values learnt. 

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