Brave is one of those movies that we used to not watch in our Disney line-up. When my oldest was little, he was terrified of the mean bear. Then my second dragon was, too. And so forth. It’s only now that we have started watching it more, because my Princess just roars and crawls around when the bears are on the screen.
This Disney day was so refreshing after we hadn’t done one in a while!
We decided to make some craft arrows to recognize Merida’s love of archery. Following our Robin Hood Disney Day, it was fun to bring two crafts together. Maybe we’ll have to do another movie with an archer to figure out a bow craft…
They all really enjoyed putting the arrows together for this one.
After crafting and watching the movie, we made Bridies. I should say I made it, except for some small assistance on cooking the ground lamb from my oldest dragon.
This is definitely a dish that warms the soul on a cold day. Since Phil the groundhog has said six more weeks of winter, we will definitely be making this one again.
“Legends are lessons. They ring with truths.”
I hope you have a Brave Disney day and enjoy it!
Coming to the blog: “We don’t talk about Bruno, BUT…”
Merida’s love of archery is something that my dragons relate to, and definitely keeps their interest when watching the movie. We decided for our craft, we would tie it in with the quivers we made when we did our Robin Hood Disney Day.
The first thing we did was decorate the wooden dowels. The dragons and Princess wanted their arrows to be personalized, and who can blame them? This lengthens the life of the craft, too, if you don’t want it to be super short!
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!