Aladdin, to me, is one of the best Disney movies from the 90s, hands down. Maybe even of all time. The music, the story, the characters- I just love it all.
For our Aladdin Disney Day(s) we kept it simple but the spirit of the movies was easy to bring to life through our pages and recipe. We started by making some absolute delicious pita bread and presenting it on a snack tray to nibble on while watching the movie.
The pita bread was so easy to make, and the dragons have been asking for more ever since they first tasted it.
After the movie, we settled down to ponder what our three wishes would be if we found the magic lamp.
After watching the live-action Aladdin, the dragons had fun imagining themselves as a genie and bringing it to life through art.
I loved that our activities really drew out their imaginations and made them take some time to think.
This was a question I wondered aloud, especially after the live action Aladdin came out with Will Smith. I was very excited that he was big and blue most of the movie, and loved that they gave him an opportunity to shine without all the special affects.
That being said, there were the classic moments when Genie had to be, well, Genie! As my littles love to be crafty and creative, I decided to pose this question to them (along with what their three wishes would be). This one, however, I saved for after we watched the live-action Aladdin.
The dragons had a lot of fun coloring and imagine what they would look like as a Genie, and I was anxious to see their ideas. My oldest stuck to the more traditional sense of Genie, drawing himself more as a cartoon-like creature than something like Will Smith’s genie in the live action film.
I was really impressed with my youngest, who took such care to color in the lamp and tail- although he didn’t design a genie at all.
This goes so nicely with our other Genie sheets we did, don’t you think? If you haven’t printed those out or made some of Aladdin’s Pita Bread, you’re missing out!
Aladdin was the first movie I saw in theaters as a toddler. I’ve been told the story sooooo many times about how, at dinner that night, I responded to my father’s, “Excuse me?” by repeating the Genie’s monologue:
“Excuse me? Are you lookin’ at me? Did you rub my lamp? Did you wake me up? Did you bring me here? And all of a sudden you’re walking out on me? I don’t think so! You’re getting your wishes, so sit down!”
That wasn’t the end of my dinner-entertainment days, but it was the beginning.
Genie has always been a favorite character of mine. Whether it’s the legendary Robin Williams’ version or the newer Will Smith version, or he who steals the show on the stage- I am a fan.
When we decided to do an Aladdin Disney day, I knew a lot of it was going to center around Genie. I decided to ask my dragons what three wishes they would want from Genie. They had a difficult time deciding. I think my oldest’s requests ended up really being 4 or 5.
After writing out their three wishes, they had to bring one to life through art. This was an easy activity but so entertaining. If you have littles who aren’t writing yet, you can help them through it! That’s what I did with mine (although my 4YO insists he knows how to read and write everything).
Easy and so entertaining to get you in the mood for Aladdin! Click to download and print your own sheets below.