Do you do family movie nights?
Or in our case sometimes get into (or stay in our pj’s) and watch a favorite movie snuggled on the couch? A movie by itself is fun, and while it usually includes popcorn, sometimes adding a few activities and craft can really make a simple movie an event (even if you have seen the movie a gazillion times). Here are some ideas from our last movie night- Frozen. A fun treat, craft, and activity for before or after the movie to extend the fun theme.
Do you have a little Anna or Elsa lover in your house?
Creating activities and snacks to go along with a movie theme doesn’t need to be expensive or time-consuming. All you need is a little creativity- Borrow colors and themes from the movie to set up a table, napkins and plates can be picked up to match at Dollar Tree or Wal-Mart. Use props that you already have that go along with your movie like; stuffed animals, books, stickers, dolls, etc to set the mood. Make your own signs and decorations with the kids from construction paper , streamers or whatever is on hand. Just a couple of items are all you need, you don’t have to go all out for the kids to get excited. Don’t be afraid to let it get a little messy.. just “LET IT GO!”
Snack- Frozen Parfait
“Some people are worth melting for”- Olaf
Our Frozen snack was simply grape kool-aid with a fun paper straw, and a jello parfait. I added a few drops of purple food coloring to cool whip, stirred it well, and layered it with blue raspberry jello ( in a pre-made cup) Simple can still be cute and fun. You could also:
- Freeze grapes on a skewer
- Make sno cones
- Cut a snowman shape out of sandwiches
- Make homemade pizza in the shape of a snowman
- Serve powdered donut holes and call them snowballs
Art- Ice Crystals
“The snow glows white on the mountain tonight, not a footprint to be seen..”-Elsa
This project is super fun for the kids, but the best part is after their masterpieces dry! Combine 1/4 cup very hot water with 1/4 cup Epsom salts for each color until completely dissolved. You really don’t need more than that even for 3 or 4 kids (mom included, trust me you are gonna wanna play with this too) Add food coloring a drop or two at a time until desired color is reached. Paint on thick white paper and allow to dry completely. You will want to toss it out afterward as it starts to set and isn’t really reusable. We, of course, had to do snowflakes!
See how the Epsom salt dried like snowflake crystals?
You can also omit the food coloring and paint on black paper for a different dramatic effect.
Activity- Build a Snowman
“Do you wanna build a snowman? It doesn’t have to be a snowman.”-Anna
These divided trays are available at Dollar Tree and no only are they great for veggies and dip but they make great tray for games, crafts, and sorting in general. I created a snowman game by assigning each feature of the snowman a number on a single die, I wrote them all down and put the parts in our divided tray. Each turn you get to roll 1 time and collect the corresponding part, if you already have that part then play moves on to the next person, until someone has built their snowman completely with all required parts, that person is the winter. Of course you can continue to just go around until everyone has their parts. For the parts you will need to gather googly eyes, buttons, small sticks,play dough, and black and orange pipe cleaners. Cut pipe cleaners into 4 equal pieces, for the black tufts of hair bend each one in half. For the carrot nose bend orange pipe cleaner in half and twist it.