I get so excited when I see new stories come out of Disney/Pixar animation studios. Coco tells a beautiful story about Miguel, a little boy, who learns the importance of family. It is a heartfelt story that will make you cry some happy and sad tears. Since family and traditions are a huge part of the movie, these 4 Special Family Activities to Do After Watching Coco will tie the movie and real life together.
4 Special Family Activities to Do After Watching Coco
Miguel learns the importance of family and learns a lot about his culture. Coco opens up with the telling of Miguel’s Great-Great Grandmother’s story about how the family got started being shoemakers. During the movie, Miguel learns about Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) and its’ significance to his family. While you may not celebrate Día de Muertos you can share with your family traditions and other special things that make your family special and unique.
Make a Family Tree
Use this Coco Themed Family Tree Printable to help your child learn about their family history. In cases of adoption, lost family members, etc explain the importance of the history that is known. My grandfather on my mother’s side is adopted and that is where that branch stops for me. If you have pictures and stories about the family members, get out the albums and share those. Another cool idea would be to make a slideshow video with older family members.
Make a Family Recipe
Though I love Mexican food, that is not my cultural background. That doesn’t mean there aren’t recipes and cuisines that are special to my heart and family. My husband’s Grandma is 101 years old. She is very special to us and there are several recipes that she made for my husband all the time while he was growing up. Of course, she knew those recipes without needing a recipe. We found a skeleton of her rolls recipe and my husband experimented until he got his recipe to taste like hers. Use these Coco Themed Recipe Cards to share a special family recipe with your child.
If you don’t have a family recipe to hand down, find a homemade meal/dessert that people always rave about when you make it and share that recipe. Make it a tradition during a holiday or even day of the week.
Visit an Elderly Family Member
In Coco, the family is very close knit and the Great Grandmother lives in the same house as everyone. Miguel loved chatting with his Great Grandmother and you could tell he loved her very much. I saw a lot of multigenerational homes when I visited Mexico as a teen. In America, though we are usually pretty spread out from our home. That doesn’t mean that visiting older family members shouldn’t be a priority.
If you have family members that have passed. Take your child to their resting place and share stories about them so that their memory is not forgotten.
Make a Family Time Capsule
Each family member contributes a few of their favorite things, notes, and present-day period items to a waterproof box that is opened 10+ years later. Include voice recordings or a video. Make a note of where you placed the box. Good places are the attic, buried outside if you own your home, in the back of a closet, or in a spare bedroom. Coco’s Great Grandmother saved her father’s letters to her and his picture. Things like that may not be special now, but once the family member is gone then those simple everyday items mean the world to those left behind.
Coco Official Storyline
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
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