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Recipe for a Summer Day: Up Crafts, Treats and Lots of Balloons

pixar Up

Ingredients:
1. SUMMER VACATION. 2. BORED KIDS 3. A FAVORITE FILM

Combine ingredients. Outcome — one wonderful day of celebrating a Pixar classic.

Summer vacation can be a challenging time for us parents, especially if your kids aren’t in camps, having play dates or otherwise preoccupied with some sort of awesomeness. As us moms and dads all know, movies are a great fall back. Sitting down in front of the TV for a couple hours might remedy things for a little while, but then what? The answer —  journey beyond just the screen time and come up with an amazing all-day activity revolving around the film in question. Take that favorite movie and make a day of it.

Recently, my daughter and I decided to make an entire day out of Up, which happens to be one of our favorites. It has action, it has adventure, and it has a whole lot of heart — all in 96 wonderful minutes. It is the kind of movie that makes you hug your loved ones tight and fills you with the urge to see the world.

We watched the movie, then brainstormed. Experimenting with the ideas was an adventure (right here at home) for both my daughter and I. Check out how we spent that afternoon right here:

Make Your Own Adventure Book 1 of 4
This is a perfect project for summer, make your own Up inspired "adventure book." Disney has a wonderful PDF that you can print out that has a variety of quests to do during the summer from "play dress up," to "read a book with 'adventure' in the title. You can download the PDF right here.

Photo Source: Disney Family.
Make Your House Float! 2 of 4
My daughter and I had the BEST time on this project. We created a little house out of cardboard, then attached a bunch of balloons to see if we could make it float. We had to do some experimenting from adding more balloons to trimming some of the cardboard to make the house weigh less. It was a fun game of trial and error, but our house, it finally took flight. This is a great project for kids and next time she wants to have a house race to see whose can go higher. Up, up and away!

Photo Source: Sunny Chanel
Up Art Project 3 of 4
This could be a cute addition to a pillow or a blank T-shirt. Just use a fabric pen to draw a house, then sew on a variety of buttons for the balloons. Simple, stylish, and cute. If you are really crafty, you can raise the bar and use embroidery to create the house.

Photo Source: Sunny Chanel
Up Cupcake Collection 4 of 4
This is a wonderful and whimsical way to pay tribute to Up in cupcake form. You can do a print out of the house in film, then assemble a collection of cupcakes in various colors above it. Simple yet sweet.

Photo Source: Debbie R/Flickr

This week Disney Movies Anywhere has rolled out — as part of their Pixar Summer Movies To Go promotion — the digital download of Up (which includes some cool bonus features).

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