Saying Goodbye to The Sorcerer’s Hat at Hollywood Studios

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A perfect day at Hollwood Studios!
A perfect day at Hollywood Studios!

Today, January 7, 2015 marks the day The Sorcerer’s Hat vanishes from Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.

The Sorcerer’s Hat has become a landmark in Hollywood Studios since 2001. It was placed as a temporary structure that houses a souvenir shop during the “Hundred Years of Magic,” the celebration of Walt Disney’s Birthday. The Sorcerer’s Hat is 122 feet tall and weighs 156 tons. It will take several weeks to dismantle.

Rumors are swirling about what will take its place. The Chinese Theater has been covered up by this structure, maybe they are making it visible again?

This past fall we were lucky enough to see it one last time before its disappearance. I invite you to post a pic of you in front of this iconic hat and share your memories.

Have a magical day!

 

Stepping Stones on a Budget: A Mother’s Day Gift

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One of my favorite spring projects are making stepping stones! They make excellent additions to your gardens as well as bring a smile to your face. We decided to make them in bulk for Mother’s Day Gifts and to fill in our new garden.

You can make about 13 stepping stones varied in sizes small 5″ and large 10″ ones. Our first batch my daughter made 7 large 10″ and  6 of the small 5″ stepping stones.

Supplies Needed:

Quikrete 50 lb. Fast Setting Concrete Mix.
Planter Pot Liners (In whatever size you choose.)
Cooking Spray
A Bucket
A paintstick
Water (A hose is what I used.)
A paper or plastic cup
Mosaic Pieces (Glass Beads, Sea Glass, Shells, Rocks, tiles etc.)

I like to do this project outside with the hose as my water source. My supplies were very inexpensive, everything could be picked up at your local hardware and dollar store. The concrete mix was purchased at my local Home Depot for under $6.00. The flower pot liners were found at Home Depot all under $1.00 a piece. I later found three packs of them at The Dollar Tree. Home Depot had a large selection with many sizes. The paint sticks were free. I found all my mosaic pieces (rocks and glass beads) at the dollar store.  Add whatever you like!!!

First, spray your liners with cooking spray. (A thin coat just helps the stepping stone release easier.) Next, use a cup and scoop out about 6-8 cups of concrete mix into your bucket. Add water, just a little at a time and mix well with your paint stick. It should all get wet like a thick pancake batter. Clumpy and thick, not too thinned out. Add more concrete if it thins out too soon.  Pour or scoop out the mixture into the plastic liners. Fill it almost to the rim, leave some room for the mosaic pieces to be pressed in firmly.

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In just a few minutes you will notice the concrete setting and you really have to push the mosaic pieces in.  In a few minutes the concrete will start to turn grey at this point you can flip it out of the liner. Just set the stepping stone upside down to dry overnight.

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I hope this inspires you and your little artist to make something beautiful!

 

 

 

Snow Painting!

This is such an easy art activity, perfect for a snow day!

What you need:

Crayola Color Bath Drops or Food Coloring Spray Bottles and/or Paint Brushes Cups Water 

Fill your Cups or Spray Bottles with Water add Crayola Color Bath Drops or Food Coloring. I have used food coloring in the past but was worried about staining my daughters new jacket so I decided to use the Crayola Color Bath Drops since I know those don’t stain! It worked well!

We used cups and paint brushes and some travel containers. The travel containers were pump and squirt ones. Traditional spray bottles would have worked too!

Tips to enhance play:

  • Build something in the snow and paint it.
  • Add sand toy molds, bowls or muffin tins.
  • Mix the colors and talk about color changing!
Hope this inspires you to bundle up and make some art in the snow! Send in your photos and it could be featured on my blog! We love to see what you are creating!

Enhancing Character Dining With Young Children at Walt Disney World

Character Dining is a must with children at Walt Disney World!

Sometimes the wait for characters can be long and when your child is not eating due to the excitement and you need an activity. I suggest bringing a busy bag. I like to theme them out for each special dining experience. It really enhances the magic.

 

Everyday, of or vacation I had a themed bag to coincide with our day. It included things like stickers, small character figurines, stamps, paper, pens, crayons, scratch art pads, small plush, light up toys etc. Here is a link to a related post on what to put in busy bags! http://wp.me/p2rF9j-4N
To enhance my daughters magical experience I brought several small props to dinner.  Everything purchased was thrifted or at dollar bins in national big box stores. You can even  find Disney products at your local Dollar Store! You can easily do this on any budget. I even noticed my daughter asked for less things in the park because the “new toys” in the busy bag were exciting! A little prep time and planning really saved us money in the long run!

For Dining at The Crystal Palace with the Winnie The Pooh Characters, I found some small plush characters at the local thrift store. I washed them up and packed them for our breakfast. They were the perfect size to fit in my tote. I love bringing something the character can see, hold etc. it makes for a stronger interaction and something for the character to pose with etc.

 

 

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Cookie Cutters on Canvas for Valentine’s Day

I love taking materials from around the house and letting my daughter make organic, non planned art projects. I like to offer materials and see what she creates.  She loves doing  art projects that she can build on too for a few sessions. I have noticed she shows more pride and more creativity goes into her pieces when it takes several steps to complete.

We started by painting. Lola picked out many colors and painted a canvas. She chose out of the painting tool box a large paint brush and some toy monster trucks.

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