A while back I went with the kids to the local cinema to see the latest Smurfs film – Smurfs: The Lost Village. If I’m totally honest it wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, but the kids absolutely loved it and have been asking to see it again ever since. This last week their wish has been answered with the release of the film on DVD.
The “summer” weather hasn’t been great this summer holiday, and with a smaller smaller place to live in, having some DVDs to entertain the kids has been a great respite from everyone falling over each other in our tiny flat. They have loved catching up with the Smurfs again, especially Smurfette who seems to have become a bit of a favourite with them both.
Now, I’m used to DVD releases being accompanied by some sort of online activity – often in the form of colouring sheets or other puzzles to print out and complete – but with the Smurfs things are a bit different and they’ve come to live to visit children in their gardens, or inside their homes as the case has been with the bad weather this week.
The first step in inviting the Smurfs to visit your children is to provide them with somewhere to live. If you head over to the Smurfs Movies page on Facebook then you can find three different houses that children can choose from for the Smurfs to live in. What you need to do is print out one of the houses on your home printer and then cut around it as shown by the dotted lines on the edge. You can then stick it on to some cardboard, or if you’re feeling really posh a piece of wood, and go and attach it to a tree, wall or fence in your garden.
Once your Smurf home is in place in your garden you then need to download the free Aurasma app on your phone or tablet. It’s available both for iOS and Android. Once the app is installed you then need to search for and follow Smurfs: The Lost Village. Click on the camera icon in the app and position your camera on your Smurf house and you should see the Smurfs appear in your garden. As simple as that!
I remember the first time the kids saw anything like this on my phone. Their eyes literally popped out of their heads. The same happened again this time. Their delight at seeing Smurfs suddenly “alive” in front of their eyes was immense.
Now that the rain has subsided again I’ve set the little Smurf house that I was sent up in the communal gardens of our flats. I’m hoping that some of the other children who live here will discover it and wonder who lives there. I’ll also be having a quiet word with their parents in the hope that they can also download the app and their children can meet the Smurfs for themselves.
Disclaimer: We were sent Smurfs: The Lost Village on DVD, along with a box full of other Smurfs goodies, including a wooden Smurf house for the garden. All opinions remain my own. This post contains affiliate links.