Back to the Movies: Lilo and Stitch

Six-year-old Hawaiian girl, Lilo, who was raised by her older sister, Nani, after their parents died in a car crash, adopts a new “dog” that she calls Stitch. She does not know yet, that her new dog is actually a genetically modified blue alien, engineered for chaos!

Stitch learns a bunch from Lilo, even though he is essentially is using her to escape being captured. Here are some things you can help your kids learn after watching this amazing Disney feature.

  • Different is OK! . Lilo does not have a lot of friends because a lot of kids think she is a bit weird. Her true self comes out around Nani and Stitch – but it is ok to be you – around anyone!
  • Importance of Family  By far the best quote in the movie is “Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” This is said repeatedly by Nani, Lilo and even Stitch. It is something that we call can understand and believe.
  • Kindness Wins. Although created for destruction, Stitch learns the importance of being kind, considerate and loving by being around Lilo and Nani. Kindness is not only the better way to get what he wants (safety) , it is the right thing to demonstrate.

Movie-inspired activities 


Photo Credit: Disney Family

Here are some activities to try with your family after completing this unique Disney Movie.

  • Make a fun bento box. Create your own special lunch with this fun bento box. Some great ideas include comes yummy snacks and your and even Stitch ears. 
  • Hula Dancing . Not everyone has natural dancing ability – but why not try to learn one of the prettiest forms of dancing from this YouTube tutorial from iHula Hawaii
  • Use a disposable camera:  When the film came out, disposable cameras were pretty popular. Now a days, you can’t even find one in a store and your kids surely have not used one over their phone! Pick up a  disposable camera on amazon and show them what it was like in the olden days!
  • Make your own lei. Making a hawaiian tradition is simple and fun with this lei craft, which is inspired by the book, The Gift of Aloha
  • Rock out to some Elvis!  Elvis was a HUGE deal in the lives of “gulp” grandparents everywhere. Most kids probably have heard of him and probably even know a song sung by the King. Teach them some more songs by playing the playlist “This Is Elvis Presley” on Spotify.