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.
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*Spoilers Alert. If you haven’t seen Soul, turn away now!*
When Joe goes back to find/help 22 and 22 is a lost soul, we see all these moments in their life flash around. Moments of mentors giving up, and ultimately failing 22. But the mentors say hurtful things to 22, and Joe faces what he said that really brought 22 down.
We previously talked about a “spark”. What big and little things could excite someone about life. This time, I thought I’d bring encouragement into the picture. After all, Joe as a teacher encouraged his students. For a little while, he truly was encouraging 22, and in the end- he inspired/encouraged/helped 22.
One reason I loved this idea is it reminded me of an activity we did for Inside Out day. It brought out my dragons’ own ideas of what is encouraging, and as a parent this was really fun to see. Not only to bring out that side of them to think of others, but to see for myself how I can continue to encourage them.