I have not read the book. I plan on reading it now, and using it in our daily routine for a unit study. I am pretty sure there are pre-made unit studies on it, it is a classic. If not, I guess I will undertake the task of creating one. There is so much you could use from this movie, and I am sure more out of the book for a unit study. My daughter, was as captivated as I was. My 9-yr-old son was also pretty into it; now my 6-yr-old, his attention span is not long enough.
To get in the spirit of watching the second movie later this evening, I have candles lit and both of my essential oil diffusers going. Nothing like a little mood lighting and scent. If I was really enthusiastic, I could have recreated the feast towards the beginning of the movie. That would just be a little crazy. I am also getting ideas for Halloween. My daughter could be Galadriel (the Noldorin princess) that Gandalph speaks to in the elf kingdom. Granted she has gotten to old to go trick-or-treating, but she could look awesome handing out candy.
I found a unit study that I think would ,work for us, it is at Adventures With My Kids. I will keep looking but for now I have bookmarked this blog, she even made a british seed cake. If I find more, I will update this post. Here is the link to the Pinterest search results, there seem to be quite a few pins to check out.
Later, off to enjoy a glass of Pinot, Buffalo Chicken Dip and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.