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!
If you had to choose, who would it be: Buzz or Woody? Well, for our Toy Story snacks- you don’t have to choose! We made something suitable for each character.
Snake In My Boot Snack
snake in my boot printable
Put some popcorn and gummy worms together (get it? SNAKE in my boot)
Put your “Snake in My Boot” printable on what you’re serving in. We used paper bags. Or you can do plastic bags. Or paper cups. ANYTHING works. It’s a simple snack that’ll make viewing a Toy Story movie a little more special (we used this when we watched Toy Story 2).
Toy Story Alien Snacks
White Melting Chocolates + green food dye (or green candy melts if you can find them)
Cake Pop Sticks or Paper Straws
Follow the directions on how to melt your white chocolates or green candy melts. If you’re using white chocolates, add your green food dye and mix until it’s to your liking.
Stick a marshmallow on a cake pop stick or straw. Gently roll it in your melted chocolates until well coated (I didn’t worry so much about the bottom near the straw).
Add your candy eyes while the melted chocolate is still wet. Set on wax paper or ceramic/glass dish to while it sets.
Both these treats were easy and a big hit. If you’re going to have a Toy Story marathon, you can spread out the love and have these snacks with the different ones! BONUS: make some bagel bites or use our Homemade Pizza recipe to have your own pizza planet! (Printable for a sticker/label below just for you!)