8 great movies to watch with pre-schoolers

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It’s tricky to find a great movie that won’t scare littlies, but won’t bore you to tears either. Next time you pop some corn and get comfy on the couch as a fam, try one of these options that are hopefully great for everybody!

Mary Poppins

What a family classic. This is a musical delight and is pretty much devoid of scary bits! It’s a heart-warming, whimsical, funny romp and definitely family-tradition-worthy viewing. Carousels, flying ladies, penguins, oh my!

The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh

The AA Milne classic is reimagined in animated style and it captures the spirit of the original book beautifully. Snuggle up with your little person and discover the wonders of Piglet, Eeyore and Pooh. Note that there are a few slightly tense/anxious scenes, but they are nothing a bit of chatter and hand-holding won’t sort out.

Curious George

What could be better than a naughty monkey and a yellow-hatted man?! Curious George is funny, adventurous and educational too. Even the littlest kids will enjoy this lovely story about a man and his inquisitive animal friend.

The Snowman

Perfect for Christmas time, or really for any time you need to slow things down and get cosy in front of a film. This beloved animation has been enjoyed for decades by parents and kids alike and follows the adventures of a little boy and his snowman pal.

The Gruffalo

This beautiful adaptation of a much-loved picture book will become a firm favourite with your family. There are a couple of imagined, tense scenes, but on the whole it’s a delight.

The Adventures of Elmo In Grouchland

Pay homage to your own childhood Sesame Street roots with this Elmo meets Oscar Muppet-y romp. These characters are enduringly beloved and this movie is full of sweet lessons about friendship, kindness and cooperation.

Stella Luna

This sweet, musical adaptation of a favourite picture book about a bat is as educational as it is entertaining, with a plot that focuses on being yourself, accepting differences and the value of family and friends.

Horton Hears A Who

This funny Dr Seuss-based film features the voices of Jim Carrey, Amy Poehler and Steve Carell (and others!) It’s a positive, entertaining tale of kindness and inclusion and a sure-fire winner in the preschool movie night stakes.

This article was originally published on Babyology.