Disney are constantly creating characters that kids love. It makes sense, then, to capitalise on that love and get creative. There are limitless opportunities to turn Disney films into craft activities, with practical creations as well as things to do just for fun or to stick on the fridge. For your arts materials you can’t go wrong with the website Artifolk which stocks a great range in acrylic paint, pencils, card and much more. Here are a few Disney-themed activities to try with your little ones.
Mickey Mouse tags
The iconic two ears silhouette lends itself well to a whole host of creations. These are perfect tags for luggage, school bags or even to help with the veg patch. All you need is some stiff cardboard and use three circles (one large two smaller) to outline the classic Mickey Mouse head. Use this as your template to outline as many more as you need on more card (or if you prefer, use plastic or any other material you can cut) and cut out the shape yourself. From there, you can let your kids decorate and label as they wish.
Frozen Christmas Tree Decorations
Create the likeness of all their favourite characters from the most recent Disney classic and attach some string to hang from the tree. Ask them to do their best outline of Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and the rest of the gang, cut out the shape from cardboard and get the paints and glitter out. You could even create a Princess Elsa for the top of the tree.
Toilet Roll Tube Characters
Create a collection of the best characters from Disney history in the form of toilet roll characters. If you first paint them green, white, blue or whatever the base colour of the character you can let the kids add the pipe cleaner legs, googly eyes or tissue paper clothing.
Cut out the shapes of the different parts of the character and let your kids stick together with PVA glue. These make great coasters or more Christmas tree hangings.
Decoupage Picture Frame
Decoupage is a nice variation from collage and can have very practical applications. Simply collect lots of Disney images (preferably on thin paper or tissue) and apply them to the surface, in this case a plain wooden picture, with lots of PVA glue.
You very often see these name sign for children’s bedrooms in gift shops. You can make your own by getting a small piece of balsa or plywood and attaching a loop on the back for a hook. Make this a joint effort with your child with one of you writing the name and the other drawing their favourite Disney character.
Decorate cakes with scenes from the best Disney films, bake ginger bread Mickeys and Minnies or make your own Monster’s Inc cupcake. Delicious and fun for all!