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!
When we watched the animated Aladdin, we wanted to do a snack plate similar to what we did for Frozen 2. With that, though, I wanted to make something that perhaps Aladdin and Jasmine would have been eating, too.
Something simple to make that I knew would be a crowd pleaser: pita bread!
1 C warm water
2 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
2.5 C unbleached, all-purpose flour (plus more for sprinkling/rolling)
1-2 TBSP olive oil
2 tsp salt
In a large bowl of a standing mixer, or just a large bowl if you don’t have a standing mixer, combine your warm water, yeast, and sugar. Stir until the sugar and yeast are dissolved.
Stir in 1/2 C flour and let the mix sit for 15 minutes, until it starts to foam.
Add in your oil *, salt, and 2 C flour. Use a dough hook to mix until your dough is well combined. If you aren’t using a standing mixer, use a wooden spoon until the dough looks something like this:
*start with 1TBSP oil. If your mix seems dry, add the extra tablespoon.
Knead your dough (if not using a dough hook) on a flour-dusted surface for around 5-10 minutes. The dough should be soft and moist (but not sticky).
Cover the dough with plastic wrap in the bowl for about an hour, until it has doubled in size.
Remove dough and divide it into eight pieces, rolling them into balls.
Preheat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Taking one ball at a time, roll them into a thick circle that’s around 6-8 inches wide, sprinkling with extra flour if it sticks.
Cook each pita one at a time in the skillet until an air bubbles form, then flip and cook for one more minute.
We made a yummy snack tray for the pita. Here’s what I served (favorites in our house):
Hummus, garlic-stuffed olives (these were mostly for me), grapes, pistachios, provolone cheese, strawberries, and raspberries stuffed with white & semi-sweet chocolate chips.