So you love Star Wars, but aren’t sure if your kids are ready for it yet. How do you introduce them to such an iconic movie? Elisa from CharmingDoodle (and the founder of UpCraft Club) is here to give some tips for introducing your kids to Star Wars. The force is strong with these little ones….
How to introduce your kids to Star Wars.
Star Wars has officially invaded my house! My 8 year old recently started asking to watch the movie, and then of course his siblings wanted to as well. Before deciding to let them watch I asked myself two questions:
- Are they old enough?
- If I let them watch the movies, what’s the best order to watch them in?
ARE THEY OLD ENOUGH?
The answer to the first question is up to you as a parent. Maybe ask yourself these questions to help decide:
- Do your kids get scared easily?
- Can they follow a dialogue-heavy story line?
- Do they have a good grasp on what is real and what is pretend when watching a movie?
I felt my oldest (he’s almost 9) was definitely ready. My three younger children ended up watching bits and pieces but didn’t stay very interested in it. They’re a little young still.
WHAT’S THE BEST ORDER TO WATCH THE MOVIE IN?
Once you’ve made the decision to let your kids watch the movies for the first time…you have to decide what order is the best. There are 6 movies. The original three are Episodes IV, V, and VI with Episodes I, II, and III being new. I did some googling before deciding how to watch them and the majority of the blogs and forums I read said NOT to watch the movies in numerical order (I, II, III, IV, V, VI).
Episode IV (A New Hope) does the best job at explaining the main ideas (“may the Force be with you”) that continue throughout the series so it’s a great place to start. And the most satisfying ending comes at the end of Episode VI (Return of the Jedi) making it a great one to leave for last.
Suggested Viewing Order for Star Wars:
We are watching the movies in this order: IV, II, III, V, VI
Episode I is completely missing from this list because I don’t like it and many blogs I read also said to just leave it out as it’s not central to the story. With the order suggested above you’ll be introduced to Luke and Darth Vader, learn about the Force, and then have a flashback for a couple movies while you learn about how Darth Vader ended up on the Dark Side. Finally you’ll pick back up with the excitement and conclusion of the story.
What do you think? Would you suggest a different order?
HAVE SOME FUN WITH IT!
Try a pop up ‘drive-in’ movie theater, or for those of you who are really creative make cardboard snow speeders!
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AND JUST KNOW THAT EVEN BABIES LOVE IT
Whatever you do, rest assured that they are probably going to love it. From babies to big kids…
I mean, didn’t we all have this reaction?
It’s time to introduce a new generation to the awesomeness that is Star Wars. And may the force be with you as you do.
Thanks so much for stopping by!