Have you ever tried to yell: ANDY’S COMING! at Disneyland or Disney World? I seem to always forget, but I’ve always wanted to try. If you have, please let me know if the characters actually fell to the ground. I’d love to see that.
For Toy Story Day, we decided to do something similar. Tag is always a big hit with my kids. They love to RUN, and- bonus: it tires them out. So we decided to play a form of freeze tag/dance.
The person that is “it” or Andy, has to hide and count to ten while the “toys” are running around. However, when Andy decides he’s had enough- he yells “Andy’s coming!” and pops out. The Toys must freeze (preferably falling to the ground) so Andy doesn’t catch them. If Andy says he saw you move, you switch places. And so it continues.
You could also change this to “Bonnie’s Coming” or just “Kids are coming!” depending on when you play it/the Toy Story you’re watching.
Sweet and simple, this game made my dragons very happy. Eventually we had to instill counting to make sure the youngest actually stayed turned around for a little while, and to make sure my older dragons enjoyed playing over making it a competition to see who could not be Andy the quickest.
When Moana is trying to convince Maui that he is afraid of the Heart of the Ocean, she attracts the Kakamora with her shouting. These “kind of cute” coconut creatures bring a nice amount of action to the beginning of Moana and Maui’s journey. We thought it would be fun to have a game of our own with them.
Toilet Paper/Paper Towel Rolls (preferably nine, like a bowling pin set)
A smaller ball to represent a coconut/bowling ball for this set.
Printable of Kakamore to color
Scissors, Glue, Tape, Coloring Supplies
Color the Kakamora and cut them out when finished.
*I was able to make them on my Cricut, so I had the dragons color them and then I used the Cricut to cut them out. If you have this option, it’s always worth it! (Unless, of course, your kiddos want to cut them out.)
Glue or tape your Kakamora to your TP rolls. You can also give your kiddos the option to color/pant the TP rolls, which I wish we would’ve done.
Set them up like bowling pins and go to town! As you can see, we only had eight rolls so I set them up creatively. You can have as many Kakamora or as few as you’d like for this!
If you want to, setting up a “bumper system” for smaller littles might be a good idea! My youngest (newly 3) ended up getting as close as he liked so he could hit the Kakamora. This game kept them entertained for a VERY long time.
You have to take risks in life to have an adventure.
The Manticore in Disney Pixar’s ONWARD
Taking risks feels like going to the grocery store these days, am I right? But I thought creating an ONWARD adventure would be much more fun than deciding if I should order groceries or try and take all three littles with me to go grocery shopping. (A Mom’s gotta do what a Mom’s gotta do.)
Scavenger hunts are way too fun when you’re younger. Whether you’re searching for things (leaves, purple hats, yellow baskets… whatever) or searching for the next clue- it’s a fun way to keep kids moving and find a fun surprise at the end.
This quest took place mostly inside. Thankfully our rainy days cleared up and the kids were able to do the clues that involved them going outdoors (#7 & #8), but if you’re having inclement weather of some kind- it can always be changed a little!
I also incorporated the boys Wizard Staffs that we made, because what fun would the ONWARD quest be without a little magic? If you haven’t made the staffs, make sure to check out the post for an easy craft that will make this quest even more fun!
The Phoenix Gem we hid was actually an Easter Egg, and inside was the last note leading them to me for a magical unhealthy snack (aka Cosmic Brownies– thank you, pregnancy cravings). I always think ending the game with a fun snack to tie it all together is so worth it! If you want something ONWARD themed, check out Laurel Lightfoot’s Pigs-In-A-Blanket with Special Dipping Sauce!
Another fun idea for the end of the quest would be to hide the gem from one of their Wizard Staffs or a painted rock that resembles it!