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The new Inside Out movie is amazing! My daughter loved it as much as I did. It also has made it easier to teach kids about emotions. Since we were having so much fun reading about the emotions, we decided to share what we learned with our friends with some fun crafts and yummy goodies!
I started the food preparation by making cupcakes from scratch in the colors of each emotion. You can make your own or order cupcakes in blue for Sadness, Green for Disgust, Red for Anger, Purple for Fear, and Yellow for Joy. I went with mini cupcakes so the kids could have more than one or just one if the moms want to limit their sugar intake. I used this recipe as a base and just removed the raspberries from the frosting.
I displayed the each cupcake with the corresponding plush toy behind it. They were a great deal at Walmart!! Only $8.88 a piece!
I also had my husband make our chicken fingers and served crudités with light ranch dressing. The drinks were juice pouches and chocolate and regular milk. In the juices, I put two kinds of yogurt pouches. All the food was a big hit with the parents and kids.
During the party, I put together 2 activities for the kids.
The main activity that is sensory and can be messy was painting rocks to represent each emotion. We talked about how the colors represented emotion. If your kids are a little older, you can write down scenarios and ask what emotion corresponds to the situation, and then have the child paint the rock the color of the emotion.
For example, spending time with family would be Joy and the kids would paint the rock yellow. Parents leaving for work would invoke Sadness, which would be Blue. The goal of the activity would be to teach the kids that each emotion is valid and has a place in their life. If the kids seem to understand this part, you can take it a step further by explaining what to do when they feel this emotion. For example, hitting is not appropriate when. You are feeling angry.
For the painting project, preparation is key. I have som pointers prepared based on my new experience! It wasn’t a disaster, but it could have been and here are some tips, so you are less likely to have a disaster.
– Washable Paint
– Kid Sized Paint Brushes
– Two plastic throw away table cloths. 1 for the table and the other for the floor.
– Paint holder so that you can give each child a little bit of each color
– Plates or paper towels to put the rocks on while the kids are painting
For the kids, I gave them Inside Out stickers and bandaids. If you don’t want to give the rocks time to dry, you can give them to kids in sandwich bags.
Now that I have shared my Inside Out ideas with you, do you have emotion ideas you want to share with me?
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