Best Live Action Movies for Kids Under Six #StreamTeam

movies to watch with toddlersAs Baby Boy and Little Monkey are getting older, they tend to play together more and more each day, however, along with the play time comes the fight time. They will seriously yell, fight and throw things at each other and when it gets physical the hubs and I step in for some damage control. I used to just yell at them to stop the fights but soon realized that totally wasn’t helping any of us. After a couple trial and errors, we’ve finally figured out that we just need to diffuse the situation (much like on that pie face night!).

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We now know that the weekend mornings are great and that they will play together or watch their iPads (they are still into Paw Patrol and Max & Ruby which Netflix is well stocked on!) and that we really need to jam pack our afternoons to ensure that we keep the quarrels at bay. This weekend I took them into the kitchen and they helped make a mess much to their joy. I had icing sugar, butter and biscuits in places that are impossible to clean but the peace and quiet that came with the mess was definitely worth it! That was two hours of hands on fun that saw the three of us in the kitchen while the hubs had a chance to relax and catch up on some of his tasks.

cooking with kids


Having taken the Saturday shift, I was able to catch up on my work and FINALLY fished watching “The Single Moms Club” on Netflix  on Sunday while the three of them watched cartoons. That one movie took me two weeks to get through because of my crazy schedule! The hubs and I have a long list of Netflix shows we watch together once the kids have gone to bed (Current list includes : Jane the Virgin, OA, Suits and Rectify) and we’ve now decided to make a list of shows to watch WITH the kids. Both kids love watching TV and it keeps them quiet so we figured we’d watch things as a family and make movie afternoons a thing! My challenge is that we always seem to watch Disney movies (which are fab!) but I really want to introduce the kids to “regular movies”, you know…with REAL people in them? Trying to find live action movies that would be acceptable for the under 6 crowd wasn’t easy but we’ve narrowed down some titles for us to explore this month and luckily most of them are on Netflix so it’s easy to have an impromptu movie afternoon as we all take a portion of our super comfy couch!



Here’s our list of movies that we believe our 5 and 3 year olds would enjoy

(anything but more Paw Patrol PLEASE!!)


  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial  ( I used to watch this on repeat when I was 6 so I’m excited!)
  • Harry and the Hendersons
  • Dear Dumb Diary
  • Annie
  • Sound of Music
  • Mary Poppins
  • The Parent Trap
  • Little Rascals


I’m torn- I really want them to watch Casper but (despite all their talks of ghosts and vampires) I’m not sure if they’re ready for it yet!! Netflix has an entire ” Watch with the Family” section if you’re looking for more inspiration! Hit me with your suggestions on what else I should add to our kid friendly movie list!

  • kathy downey
    February 6, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks for the tips we have not seen Dear Dumb Diary,actually i’ve never heard of it before can’t wait to check it out!

  • Calvin f.
    February 6, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Never too young or old to watch netflix, it’s the best. Lots of exclusives I’m looking forward to.

  • kristen visser
    February 7, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    we LOVE Netflix and have it on most of the time whenever we watch tv (seriously done with Treehouse lol) We watched some of Casper the other day but my girls are 2.5 and 4.5 and they got kinda bored of it. Right now my youngest is into Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast, Barbie, Tangled, Shrek & Peppa Pig. But now that I see your list I am totally going to throw on Mary Poppins (haven’t seen that in years), The Parent Trap (love both versions) and Little Rascals!! Two of the movies you listed, as soon as i see them pop up on my Netflix i scoot by right quick ! E.T & especially Harry and The Henderson. I know…call me weird..but they both scare the you know what out of me!!!!

    • Yashy
      February 7, 2017 at 10:06 pm

      Oh I better watch them again before I watch them with the kids then!!! Just to confirm – I’ll let you know how my kids do with them!

  • Anne Taylor
    February 7, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    That’s a great list of movies for littles! My grandkids would love them/love them all!

  • Debbie S.
    February 8, 2017 at 12:44 am

    Sounds like a great list of movies for the age group. Seen most of these with my grandson, although never seen Dear Dumb Diary.

  • Leslie C
    February 8, 2017 at 4:48 am

    ET was one of my favorites & so was Neverending Story!

  • Kristi
    February 8, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Great list of movies, I used to always watch E.T. too 🙂

  • Marina
    February 10, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    I love Jane the virgin too. Another great telenovela style tv show on Netflix is Club Cuervos. It’s about a sister and brother who inherit a football team. Its really funny

  • Elizabeth Matthiesen
    February 11, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Sound of Music and Mary Poppins were two films that I really enjoyed.

    • Yashy
      February 12, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      Oh yes. two of my faves!

  • AD
    February 11, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    It’s always difficult to find that balance (in actions films) for the little kiddos. I really like the list you have provided.

    • Yashy
      February 12, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      Thank you!

  • Krista M
    February 13, 2017 at 11:57 am

    The very first time I saw E.T. I was 5 years old and saw it at the drive-in with my parents. Boy have times changed, that for this generation there is an abundance of great family films on Netflix in our homes, right at our fingertips! Netflix just makes it so easy!

    • Yashy
      February 14, 2017 at 9:20 am

      I know!! I can’t imagine life without Netflix!

  • Mel
    March 21, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Try cool running

    • Yashy
      March 21, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks! Will add it!

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