We love to take our boys to old fashioned diners, classic car shows, and introduce them to oldie but goodie toys like Lincoln Logs. In our opinion, sometimes nothing can beat the good old days. So we brainstormed a way to bond as a family through one of our favorite childhood experiences–going to a drive in movie. Since drive in movie theaters are few and far between in Chicagoland and our favorites from childhood have shuttered long ago, here are tips on How to Create a Drive In Movie at Home:
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Materials How to Create a Drive In Movie at Home
- Large, plastic storage tote or box big enough for child to sit in
- Two small circles cut out of yellow paper
- Four small sized circles cut out of black paper (black paper plates work well, too!)
- Four small sized circles cut out of white paper with the center cut out (white paper plates work well, too!)
- Masking tape
- Large paper plate
- 8 x 10 sized piece of construction paper with markers
Instructions for How to Create a Drive In Movie at Home
Start off by cutting out shapes from construction paper/paper plates. You should create two small yellow headlights for the front of each car, as well as four black circles for the wheels with a white paper hubcap for each.
Once cut out, use masking tape to attach them to the Tupperware/cardboard “car.” Add a large paper plate on the interior of the car for pretend steering, as well as a back or front license plate from the piece of 8 x 10 construction paper if desired.
Lastly, create a quick and easy Drive-In Movie snack platter before the show starts. Get individual popcorn containers like these, or simply make your own by twisting a piece of paper into cones. Let movie-goers choose from popcorn and sour snacks like gummie worms or decadent delights like chocolate covered raisins to add to their popcorn.
Classic Movies for your Drive In Movie at Home
Now that you have your cars ready for the drive in theatre, it is time to pick out a great classic movie. I know that there are a ton of great family friendly movies such as Frozen and , but I want my boys to know about some of the great movies of my childhood (don’t forget these great sports-themed movies, either!)
Now pop some popcorn and starting making some amazing family memories!
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