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TPiB: The Mortal Instruments City of Bones (Magic in Books and Movies past, present and future, part 2)

Earlier, we shared some movie inspired programming ideas for some of our favorite movies past and present.  But 1 movie we can’t wait to see is
MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES

Several of my teens swear that this is THE BEST SERIES EVER!  And Christie has already made me promise to take her to see the movie.  So if you are looking for some movie release programming ideas, she has some for you today!  
ACTIVITIES


Shadowhunter Training

 
Have your mortals prove that they are Shadowhunter material by creating an indoor obstacle course to prove their skills. Tie chars together and have them crawl under (or over) to sneak up on vampires and demons. Jump in and out of activity rings 5 times to improve their agility. Practice their aim with beanbag tosses. Or create a challenging maze using crepe paper streamers or string for them to navigate. Break your youth into parabati pairs, and see which team can finish with the smallest time.
Costume Contest
Have a cosplay portion of the night. Have the best Clary, the best Simon, the best Jace, etc. For inspiration take a look at stills from the movie, or take inspiration from the books and fan art online. However, let them know that only FAKE weapons will be allowed.  What is Cosplay? Cosplay is a type of fan or performance art where participants dress up as their favorite characters from a work of fiction.

CRAFTS
Rune Practice
 
Shadowhunters need to be able to draw runes for everything: healing, protection, night vision. Print out pictures of the runes used in the Mortal instruments series (some can be found here ) and have teens practice their drawing skills.

Temporary Tattoos
 

Once they’ve mastered their runes have them pick their favorite for a temporary tattoo.  Instructions are here: http://charlotteisnotmyname.tumblr.com/post/11523186764/temporary-tattoos-tutorial
If you don’t want to go that route (or with henna- although I recommend getting someone experienced with henna and permission slips with that one), think about watercolor crayons or Disguise Stix Makeup.  You could even use Window Markers and have the teens decorate your windows in runes (or sidewalks using sidewalk chalk).  Or LOOK HERE and you can make your own rune window clings.
Steles
 

OR, if you want to go really hardcore, create your own Steles. Here is the create and bake method (good for ovens or possibly toaster ovens): http://www.themortalinstrumentsinmovies.com/2012/10/mortal-instruments-stele-learn-steps-on.html but you could definitely make them with something similar to Crayola Model Magic and let them air dry. Or you can put clay on pens or pencils and then paint to suit.

Book Quote Art

Do check out this awesome book quote art project over at The Library as Incubator Project.  Getting teens involved in created book inspired art is a great way to combine fandom with creative expression.

Novel Novice also has some discussion questions and program ideas up on their website.  4YA has some great ideas up as well.

Don’t forget you can do things like fan art, make your own graphic novel pages and more.

Have some TMI movie programming ideas to share with us? Please share them in the comments.  This should be a huge movie this summer for YA fans.

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