Each Guide to Talking and Playing for Growth contains a

short story which is related to the themes of the movie.


Each Guide shows parents and teachers of children 3 – 8 how to use a family movie to foster verbal development, social-emotional learning, and character education. Designed by the creators of TeachWithMovies.org, in conjunction with Dr. Betty Bardige, Ed.D., the Guides help parents interact with children to foster growth and development.

In five short pages, Ideas for Talking and Playing Using Family Movies provides a wealth of suggestions about how intentional parents can turn family films into an opportunity for growth and development. See also, TWM’s How to Tell Bedtime Stories . . . Any Time. Babysitters can better serve their charges by organizing games and talking about movies children watch. See How Babysitters Can Enhance Verbal Development and Social-Emotional Learning.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against putting children age 2 or younger in front of a screen. For children 3 and above it recommends no more than 1 to 2 hours of educational, nonviolent programs each day. For these children, family movies are a great way for intentional parents to use entertainment to enhance a child’s verbal skills, social and emotional learning, and character education.

New Talking and Playing Guides will be added periodically.

Beginning at age 3

Beginning at age 4

Beginning at age 5