Movies are friendly, familiar, soothing companions for many children. They can help reassure a child of the familiar and to quell any worries about parents being gone. During a rainy day, they are a quick go-to activity and can serve as a distraction from the monotony of inside play. But there is also a way for babysitters (and other caregivers) to use movies as valuable teaching opportunities.
TeachWithMovies.Org’s free Talking and Playing Guides are designed to help parents and caretakers make watching a movie an educational experience for children ages 3 – 8. If you intend to have your babysitter show a movie while you’re gone, you can select three or four that your kids love and set them out. Allow them to work together and pick the one they want to watch.