SEATTLE — Melissa Benaroya, of the Committee for Children blog, talked Tuesday about the movie and how parents can use it as an opportunity to speak to their children about emotions.
Here are some good sample questions to ask your children after viewing the movie that hopefully will spark a worthwhile conversation.
What did you enjoy about this movie?
Who was your favorite character? What did you like most about him/her?
Do you remember the names of the different emotions and what where they? Can you make a face that represents that emotion? When might you feel this emotion?
What other emotions are there that you did not see in the movie? When might you feel these emotions?
What scene do you remember best? Why do you think that is?
What did the parents say or do when Riley was feeling sadness or anger? Did you like what they did or said? How do you think that made Riley feel? Is there anything you would have liked her parents to have done or said instead/as well?
How do you think Sadness made Bing Bong feel better? What did she do or say? Why do you think this made Bing Bong feel better?
Is sadness a bad feeling? Why or why not?
How do you think Joy felt when she realized that Sadness is an equally important emotion as Joy?
What do you normally do when you are feeling Angry? Sad? Fearful? Joyful? Disgust?
What are some other things you can do or say when you are feeling Angry? Sad? Fearful? Joyful? Disgust?
Who can you talk to when you are feeling Angry? Sad? Fearful? Disgust?
Did you like the ending? Why or why not?
How might you feel about going to a new place for school?
How do you feel when you go to a familiar place?
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