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I’ve got to admit – Jackson’s current age is one of my favorites. He’s finally in the stage where he is starting to develop likes and dislikes (which he sometimes voices to us pretty loudly). I just love watching his little personality develop – he is so funny and definitely a little strong-willed.
One of the things we’ve already noticed about him is his love of certain characters. And in Jackson’s world, it’s all about Mickey Mouse.
This kid is a Mickey fanatic. Turning on Mickey and the Roadster Racers or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse will make him completely stop in his tracks…I think it has something to do with the bright colors and cheery attitude of all of the Happy Helpers. That’s why we’re loving this summer’s Disney Junior FRiYAY line-up on the Disney Channel each Friday morning – it’s the kids’ first chance to see all-new episodes of Disney Junior Favorites!
While Disney Junior runs shows for smaller kids all day, the Disney Channel runs these shows from 6-10am each morning. This is usually where you’ll see the newest episodes of the most popular shows from Disney Junior!
So, in honor of this week’s Disney Junior FRiYAY premiere of an all-new Mickey and the Roadster Racers (which happens to be all about the Happy Helpers working together to keep a painting in an art museum safe), I thought I’d make an activity that both Emmie and Jackson would love!
We all worked together to make a Slime Finger Paint that combines Emmie’s current love of creating all things icky and Jackson’s love of Mickey Mouse/making a mess. 😉 The kids loved this simple project. This recipe is non-toxic (it’s edible, as a matter of fact!) and is made of ingredients you probably already have around the house.
Here’s the recipe:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup corn starch
2 cups water
1 tbsp sugar pinch of salt Food coloring
Simply combine everything (except for food coloring) in a sauce pan and bring to a low boil, stirring frequently. Allow to cool.
Then, color your paint with a liberal dose of food coloring! We chose some of Mickey’s favorite colors.
I found some awesome (free!) coloring pages over at the Mickey and the Roadster Racers website. Emmie wanted a Daisy and Minnie coloring sheet, and I chose a simple trophy outline for Jackson.
I also made him a quick Mickey coloring sheet that would be easy for a toddler…you can grab a copy by clicking here!
Then, I put out a tarp in the living room and let the kids go nuts.
As they were making their masterpieces, Emmie came up with an awesome idea to be a “Happy Helper” on her own and give these paintings to someone who might have their day brightened by them. We decided to give one to our postman and one to a friend at a nursing home. I was so proud of her for thinking of this idea on her own and turning something she created into something that helped others! How cool is it that a simple little craft fostered the idea of volunteering and sparked a little love for it in her?
I think it’s super important to start instilling a love of helping others in children, even at a young age. While the kids love shows like Mickey and the Roadster Racers for the fun characters and silly antics, I love shows like this for their message of being kind to and helping others. Whether you know it or not, it’s a powerful message that teaches kids from an early age!
If you’d like to catch the latest and greatest episode of Mickey and the Roadster Racers, you can tune in this Friday (8/11) at 8:30am! The two mini episodes airing that day, “Donald’s Garage” and “Artful Helpers,” look so cute and funny. I know my kids will love them…I think your’s will too.
Check out more information about Disney Junior’s FRiYAY line-up by clicking here!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Disney Junior.
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