What better way to keep the kids amused this half term and beyond than combining their favourite audiobooks with hands-on crafts? We challenged our resident craft expert Nanny Anita to come up with five fun things to bake, make and do, all while listening to our top five Disney Tonies.
Here are Nanny Anita’s five Disney crafts your kids are going to love:
Disney’s Beauty And The Beast: The Enchanted Rose Craft
Follow the adventures of spirited young village girl, Belle in Disney’s much-loved story Beauty and the Beast on the Toniebox, and enjoy this fabulous Disney craft.
Nanny Anita’s Enchanted Rose activity is a great way of bringing to life this tale as old as time. The Tonie includes a collection of the film’s most popular songs as well as the story itself, so little listeners can sing along while embracing their crafty side.
Stuff you will need:
- Clear plastic cups (2 per rose)
- Green pipe cleaners
- Tissue paper cut either into small squares or circles (the bigger they are the bigger the rose will be)
- Glitter (black glitter works really well for this)
Depending on how big the plastic cups are you might want to do a smaller rose. If so, simply fold your pipe cleaner in half and cut it.
- For the leaf, fold the pipe cleaner in half and then about an inch down from the fold pinch the pipe cleaner and twist it around so it makes a leaf shape. Then unfold the pipe cleaner so it makes a stem with a leaf.
- Taking your tissue paper poke the end of your pipe cleaner through the middle of it. You can add as many layers as you like.
- When you have enough layers slightly fold them in on themselves so that you create that flower shape. Your flower is now complete.
- Take those two plastic cups and pour the glitter into one of them. You can also add a couple of cut-out petals to this as well to create the idea that the enchanted rose is losing its petals.
- Place the rose into this cup and then put the second cup on top to seal it in.
Disney’s Frozen I & II: Frozen Inspired Playdough
Follow sisters Elsa and Anna on their adventures with Tonies, and meet mystical trolls, a brave iceman and a cheerful snowman along the way. You can enjoy the first and second films on the Toniebox, as they’ve just released Frozen II in the shape of Anna.
Why not take their Elsa obsession one step further with Nanny Anita’s Frozen-inspired playdough? A fabulous activity to do this winter half term, and a really inventive way to embrace the Frozen mania…!
Stuff you’ll need:
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 cup of water
- ¼ cup of salt
- 1 tbsp of oil
- 2 tbsp cream of tartar
- Pine essential oil (optional)
- Glitter (optional)
- Add all the ingredients (except the glitter) to a pan and heat it gently while mixing all the time.
When it comes away from the pan in one lump, take it off the heat and transfer it to a surface. Once it has cooled slightly knead it thoroughly, adding the glitter as you knead.
- A friend of mine works at Walt Disney World as a “friend” of Princess Anna, I asked her if she could sum up Elsa with one smell what would it be? She said ‘pine’, because it’s such a wintery smell, so I added a couple of drops of a pine scent to our mix.
- Once the playdough was ready, add it to your sensory tray with some other items for your little ones to explore. We used glass pebbles, a rolling pin, snowflake cutters, snowmen figurines, buttons, small beads, sticks, pinecones and conkers.
Disney’s Fantasia: Make Your Own Mickey Mouse Puppets with Printable Download
Fantasia is Disney’s tribute to classical music, featuring wonderful and wondrous storytelling in a series of stunning musical sequences. From snowflakes, flower fairies, and bubble-blowing elephants to the iconic appearance of Mickey Mouse as a sorcerer’s apprentice, there is something for everybody in Disney’s Fantasia.
Celebrate the masterpiece with this fabulous ‘make your own Mickey Mouse puppet craft’ from Nanny Anita, and let the wonderful sounds of Fantasia inspire your colour choices.
Stuff you’ll need:
- Split pins
- Colouring pens/pencils/crayons
- Anything to decorate it with
- Download the Mickey Mouse template. There should be two feet, two arms, two hands and a body.
Cut out the parts and assemble them using the split pins (you may need to do this part for little ones).
Then sit back and let them get creative with their decorating.
Disney’s Moana: Voyager Twig Raft Craft
Calling all little adventurers! If Moana is their thing, they’ll love using their Toniebox to listen to the story and popular songs from the soundtrack, and they’ll definitely enjoy this Disney craft.
Moana is the daughter of a village chief, chosen by the ocean to embark on an action-packed quest to save her island and her people. She sets sail to rescue the heart of goddess Te Fitti from legendary demigod, Maui. Against all odds Maui and Moana voyage together across the ocean to reunite the mystical relic with its true owner.
Nanny Anita’s voyager twig raft craft is a brilliant way to keep them entertained this half term. When you take your finished raft out onto the water, you can also take your portable Toniebox, for the Moana soundtrack!
Stuff you’ll need:
- 11 Twigs – eight that are roughly the same size and straight and three that are slightly longer
- Going for a walk is the perfect excuse for finding all of the twigs that you will need. We found ours over a few walks.
- Line up your eight twigs to create the body of the raft.
- Using a length of string, wind it around and between one end of the twigs. When you get to the last twig, tie a knot to fix it in place. If you know anything about knots, then the clove hitch is perfect for this activity.
- Repeat this for the other side.
- Next, lie the two longer sticks across the raft, they should lie the other way to twigs that make up the deck.
Carefully attach the twigs to the deck, a diagonal lashing is perfect, it makes a cross pattern.
- On a piece of paper make a sail for your twig.
- Slot the final twig in the middle of the raft and attach your flag by poking the twig through it.
Take your raft on a voyage
To test your twig raft, let it set sail in the South Pacific after bath time in the leftover water or take it out to your local pond.
Disney’s Aladdin: How To Bake A Magic Carpet Flatbread
Disney’s Aladdin takes us on a magical adventure fraught with danger, challenges and life lessons, where good triumphs over bad and love conquers all. Who can resist the excitement of a flying carpet, a magic lamp and a genie who grants wishes?!
The enchanting tale of Aladdin is brought to life on the Toniebox, and Nanny Anita’s Magic Carpet Flatbread is a great way to keep little bakers busy this half term.
Stuff you’ll need:
- Shortcrust pastry
- Tomate or pesto
- Cherry tomatoes
- It’s time to get creative! You can add all sorts of different toppings to your flatbread.
- Roll out your flatbread into a rectangle. I actually used a pre-rolled one, which does help save time.
- Make a shallow cut all the way around your dough to create a border.
- At the top and bottom ends of the flatbread, I cut strips to make the tassels of a carpet.
- Add your base and your toppings. I tried to make mine as symmetrical as possible so that it sort of looked more like carpet from Aladdin.
- Pop it into the oven at 180c for around 20 mins, or until the cheese has melted and the dough looks a lovely golden colour.
Top tip: You could even try making a dessert one using cream cheese, chocolate spread, or jam for the base, then top with delicious fruits.
If you enjoyed making this yummy magic carpet flatbread, be sure to check out my Alice in Wonderland edible cups.
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