Thanks to Paramount for partnering with ReelMama.com on Dora and the Lost City of Gold, and the cool adventure kit!
I am the first to admit that at times my family finds it a challenge to make sure the kids have free time for exploring. With the sun setting at 4:30, plus homework and other activities, it’s not easy. That precious down time is when they get bored (yikes, that dreaded word!), but that is when the real magic and creativity happens.
Here are some ways that we make exploration time a priority:
- Limit kids to 1 or 2 extracurricular activities. This is not easy in today’s world. Kids are pulled in so many directions and exposed to more pressure than ever. Of course you have to do what works for you and allow your kids to follow their passions. But we have found that by cutting back on activities, there is more down time for things like playing outside, going on walks, visiting the park, and enjoying our local adventure playground.
2. Schedule screen time and make it together time. This is often easier said than done, but when possible, I recommend that you plan your child’s screen time. Make it something you can share, such as a family movie night. This opens the door for some powerful and interesting discussions with your kids that can get the creative juices flowing
3. Sidewalk chalk. This is a relatively recent activity my kids have discovered, but it’s lots of fun. We don’t have much of a backyard, but we have a big driveway that has become a giant canvas for their creativity. And it gets them outside to boot!
4. Repurpose objects for playtime. Recently I had some old curtain rods outside ready to throw away. Little did I know that my kids would become royalty by reinventing them as scepters for a game of kings and queens. You never know how your kids’ imaginations will recycle old junk into something wonderful.
5. Take them to an adventure playground and turn them loose! Let your children be the guides, and let them run free for a while. You can keep an eye on them, but they will love having the sense of freedom to run wild. They will become avid explorers in no time.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold Blu-Ray review plus activity sheets
Dora and the Lost City of Gold is an Indiana Jones-inspired, live-action take on the beloved Dora the Explorer animated series. Raised in the Peruvian jungle, Dora now has to tackle completely unfamiliar territory: high school. Pitfalls abound at Silver Lake High, but it isn’t long before Dora and a few of her unsuspecting peers find themselves back in the jungle in search of the legendary lost city.
As a movie night selection, Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a winner. It pays tongue-in-cheek homage to its source material. Dora is adorably clueless to the skeptical teen snarkiness surrounding her, but she has something the other kids don’t: jungle streets smart. This is a girl-power heroine of color who proudly marches through life being exactly who she wants to be.
Parents with preschoolers might be disappointed that Dora and the Lost City of Gold sends up but doesn’t employ in earnest the guileless devices of the original animated series. Who can forget Dora talking directly to the camera, the simple formula of conquering three obstacles to reach the reward, or the odd but lovable supporting cast? For you, I recommend putting on a rerun of the original Dora show for a mini movie night with your little one.
Let Dora’s jungle adventures inspire some outdoor activities after the movie night. Enjoy these free Dora and the Lost City of Gold activity sheets to get you started.
I am a lover of optical drives, and I think Blu-Rays are still a worthwhile investment. You get the bonus features and a digital version for download along with it.
Thanks again to Paramount for this fun adventure kit. We had a blast!
Long live Hollywood reboots. Something tells me I won’t have to wait that long for another one.