I recently introduced my oldest son to Home Alone, arguably one of the best movies of all time. We started a bit out of sequence and went straight to the booby traps. He was immediately hooked and thus began his desire to set up booby traps all over the house for me and his dad. After viewing the film in its entirety, once we saw Kevin McCallister's battle plan map, I thought it would be a great project for us to do together the next day. Between us, I may have been more excited about it than my son. It was such a fun DIY activity, great for kids of all ages (grown ups can help craft the map and kids of any age can help color). I hope you have as much fun as we did! Our Battle Plan is still hanging up in the kids' playroom.
Here's what you'll need:
- White craft paper cut into large square shape
- Template of Kevin's battle plan from the movie
And here's how we did it:
After we gathered all our supplies, we looked up and saved a still shot from the movie of Kevin's battle plan to use as our template. Depending on how old your child is, they can help with any or some of the steps. Since my son is only four, I started by drawing each room and letting Chaplin tell me which order he wanted to draw each booby trap. He helped to direct which colors to use and he also helped color each booby trap. He enjoyed his role as director and it made him feel included. We went room by room, following our template, until each room was complete and each booby trap had all its complete details. Chaplin loved seeing each trap come together... I think his favorite was the flying paint cans... although that is one we had to nix him setting up inside the house! We finished off our creation by adding Chaplin's name at the bottom instead of Kevin's. He loved that and it felt only fitting since it was his first battle plan after all. Here he is proudly showing off his very own battle plan!