As a former teacher and a lifetime book lover, I’ve always loved movies and TV shows that were made from children’s books. It’s so much fun to see treasured stories come to life on the screen and it’s a great way to help children make connections with what they’ve read. It can reinforce their learning and motivate them to read more too!
Puss in Boots was a favourite story of mine when I was little. It was such fun to see the character get a new and unique personality in the Shrek movies and I was thrilled to see him star in a movie of his own, recently released on Netflix. “The world’s greatest fighter, lover and milk connoisseur springs into action with comical tales that take him to exotic locations, filled with unforgettable characters. As Puss embarks on adventures that are the stuff of legend, nothing can stand in the way of this swashbuckling hero … except a hairball!” I can hardly stand the wait until I can go hang out with my little grand niece and grand nephew and watch it with them!
Here are some more fun titles you can find on Netflix that were based on children’s books –
1. How to Train Your Dragon – I gave my nephew’s family their own Netflix membership for Christmas and one of the first things they watched was this movie! They had been waiting to see it for ages and were so excited to be able to watch it over and over again.
2. Peter Pan – Who doesn’t love Peter Pan? I’m pretty sure I’ve seen every version of it out there (even saw gymnast Cathy Rigby star in a live action version of it).
3. Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat – A classic. The cat with the tall trademark red and white striped hat!
4. The Baby-Sitters Club – My daughter ADORED these books when she was younger and newer generations love them just as much now.
1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – This was always one of my Kindergarten students favourite books and we spent many hours doing crafts and making snacks related to it. Watching the movie and seeing our beloved story come to life was always such a treat.
2. The Red Shoes – This is on our must watch list. We haven’t seen it yet but it looks so intriguing. Have you watched it?
3. Harold and the Purple Crayon – I remember this book from when I was a little girl (yep, it’s THAT old!). It’s always such fun to watch it with little ones – it’s a classic story still loved even now. After watching, get out the purple crayons and see what everyone draws with theirs!
4. Stuart Little: The Animated Series – Ahhhh Stuart Little. Another much loved series of books that I read when I was younger and was so excited to share with my own daughter when she was old enough. I love that this book (written in the 1940s!!!) is still a favourite today through this animated series.
As I mentioned before, we love to read the books, watch the movies based on the books and then make crafts and snacks based on the books. It’s a great way to extend the literature experience! Here are a couple of Puss in Boots ideas you can make with your kids!
Puss in Boots Puppet Craft
Your kids can really embody the Puss character with this fun puppet craft. Encourage them to add the Puss character flair by getting creative with his boots and hat. They’ll love reciting the lines from the show in the Puss signature voice! Click here to learn how to create your own.
Puss in Boots Artisanal Toast Recipe
There’s no better way to get kids involved with food than by coming up with an easy snack that needs assembly. This Puss-inspired rice cake will be sure to get the kids giggling. We’ve included a nut-free version as well. Click here to learn how to make your own.
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