Disney Pixar’s Soul is another movie that deals with disappointments of real life, pulls at your feels, and comes to an emotionally satisfying ending.
I love movies like this because it opens the floor for discussions with the dragons, not to mention it shows them that their feelings and reactions they might have are verified. They don’t have to feel bad about being disappointed or scared or worried or WHATEVER.
For Soul, we visited the idea of the SPARK first. 22 learns in the end that a “spark” isn’t just a person’s passion for one thing, but the desire to LIVE. The dragons expressed their sparks as dreams, every day things like riding bikes, and love for family.
After this activity, we made some homemade pizza (22 has a thing for pepperoni pizza, hold the broccoli) with homemade pizza sauce. We’ve decided we are never buying premade pizza sauce because we love our homemade recipe too much.
After we watched the movie with our pizza, we did another drawing/writing activity about encouraging ourselves and others. When Joe finds 22 as a “lost soul”, he sees all the mean things other mentors- as well as himself- have said to them. We talked about this part, as it scared the 3YO, and mentioned how important words are. Not only words, though, as actions can be discouraging and encouraging, too!
I loved that my oldest is encouraged by his own belief in himself. I feel like we all could learn from this.
Have you had a Soul day yet? Tag us on IG if you do am activity!