Monstrous Summer Survival Kit Courtesy of @Spoonful_com

Tomorrow is a very big day in the Monstrous world of Monsters University! The Disney Parks Monstrous Summer campaign is officially kicking off in the morning by having 3 Theme Parks remain open for 24 hours! How cool is this? I won’t be there in person and I thought I’d share some fun activities that you can do with your kiddos if you’re not going to be at either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney’s California Adventure tomorrow either. Have fun creating!

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A Disney-Inspired Halloween at Home with Jack Skellington

I don’t know about you all, but my very favorite time of the year is the Fall. It’s been really different for me living in the south because here it is, almost Halloween, and the leaves haven’t even started to change color yet! Speaking of Halloween, which happens to be my absolute favorite holiday, I’ve got a few fun things to share with you courtesy of my friends over at Spoonful.com to help you bring Disney into your home for Halloween!

I’ve been noticing that some of you have already carved your pumpkins. Well, when we lived in Seattle, we would normally have them carved by this time too. The thing is though, it was 83 degrees here today, so if our pumpkins were carved, they’d have cooked outside…so we’ll wait a few more days.

What’s this?! A spooky but fun carving template featuring your favorite skeleton, of course! We’ll be carving this one at our house…but not until next week!

Photo Courtesy: Spoonful.com

Do you want one too? Ok, here’s how you can make yours. First, click on the link below to download the template:

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There are two ways to transfer your design onto the pumpkin. One is to copy it freehand onto a clean, dry pumpkin with a water-based marker (mistakes can be easily corrected with a paper towel). The other is to tape your template to the pumpkin, then score the design into the skin by poking holes through the template with a nail or plastic poking tool (available in some pumpkin-carving kits).

Carve by starting at the center of your design and working outward (this avoids putting pressure on areas already carved). Begin with the innermost and smallest details. As each shape loosens up, gently push it out of the pumpkin with a finger or a dull pencil point (a good job for young kids). Tip: If you cut something you didn’t intend to, perform an ad hoc pumpkin surgery by sticking a toothpick through the flesh side of the piece and fit it back into place.

Lastly, put your jack-o’-lantern in a place of honor (away from flamables), and remember to blow out all candles before you go to sleep.

Now, check out this awesome, printable door decoration of Jack Skellington! Isn’t he so awesome? I’m working on getting him printed up because my kiddos completely adore him and will LOVE to see this guy on the inside of our front door!

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He’s REAL easy to make too! Clicking on the link below will take you to the PDF template of Jack, so open that up first. I’ll wait here.

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Ok, now, you can print him out on regular paper or cardstock, I prefer cardstock so he’ll last longer and be more sturdy. Next, you’ll need to punch holes where indicated on the template. Then, using small brads, construct Jack from top to bottom. Start by securing Jack’s head to his torso. When Jack is complete, hang him on a door and put him in any position you like! These poseable figures with brads were my favorite when I was a kid!

How about a great Nightmare Before Christmas Playset?

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All you need to do is print the playset [by clicking on the link below] on regular paper or cardstock and cut out the pieces. Do not cut along the dotted lines — this is where you will fold the paper.

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Next, fold each character in half along the horizontal dotted line. Using glue or double-sided tape, secure each piece so the design is two-sided. Do not glue or tape the tabs at the bottom, these will be used to make your characters stand. Then, butterfly the tabs at the bottom of the characters outward; the characters should stand when finished. Finally, cut out the background and secure to a piece of cardboard or a wall and get playing!

I hope you enjoy these fun activities with your kiddos! Be on the lookout for another post later tonight with some more last-minute ways to bring Disney into your Halloween Home and be sure to follow Spoonful on Twitter and “Like” them on Facebook to stay in the loop with all their fun!

Disney PIXAR Presents Monsters, Inc. in 3D

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When I saw Monsters, Inc. for the first time, I was VERY pregnant with my daughter. I think it’s really fun to think back and fondly remember what was going on and how old my kids were when certain movies came out. I remember my son [who was 4 at the time] being so excited to see the movie! We don’t always go straight to the theatres, but for this movie, we did! I really loved how his imagination ran wild while we watched. He kept leaning over and whispering to me things like “Mom, did you see how the Monsters have their own city?” and “Do you think they REALLY have a city named Monstropolis?”. It was absolutely the cutest thing ever! Can you imagine how excited he was when we took him to the Disneyland Resort for the first time [he was 6] and we rode through Mostropolis FOR REAL on the Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sully to the Rescue attraction??

Here’s the official press release from Walt Disney Studios:

Monsters, Inc.,” one of Disney•Pixar’s most beloved and visually imaginative feature films ever, returns to the big screen to delight a whole new generation of audiences and fans alike, this time in stunning 3D. The now-classic Academy Award®-winning animated comedy adventure “Monsters, Inc.” is set in Monstropolis, a thriving company town where monsters of all shapes and sizes reside. Lovable Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) and his wisecracking best friend Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the largest scream-processing factory. The main power source in the monster world is the collected screams of human children—and at Monsters, Inc., an elite team of scarers is responsible for gathering those precious natural resources. Believed by monsters to be toxic, children are strictly forbidden from entering Monstropolis. But when a little girl named Boo (voiced by Mary Gibbs) accidentally follows Sulley back into his world, he finds his career in jeopardy and his life in utter chaos. So pals Mike and Sulley plot to rectify the mistake and return Boo to her home. But when the trio encounters an unexpected series of complications, they become embroiled in a cover-up catapulting them into a mystery beyond their wildest dreams. Directed by Oscar®-winner Pete Docter (“Up”) and produced by Oscar nominee Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), “Monsters, Inc.” features a screenplay by Andrew Stanton and Daniel Gerson and music by Randy Newman. Rated G by the MPAA, the film is in theaters—again—December 19, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D® in select theaters.

Have a look at the newly released trailer in 3D…

In honor of the film being re-released this holiday season in Disney Digital 3D, I thought I’d share a really fun Monster-themed project that you can make with your kiddos! Remember Shrinky Dinks? I sure do, and boy were they fun! Well, now you can take Mike and Sulley with you to school with these fun zipper pulls!

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First, you’ll need to download the Monsters, Inc. Zipper Pulls template.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Printed charms
White or clear shrink paper for Inkjet printers (you can purchase this at art/craft supply stores or online)
Scissors
Hole Punch
Jewelry accessories

1. Print the charms on shrink paper and cut them out.
2. To use your charm as a bracelet or necklace pendant, you need to punch the hole where indicated before you bake it. You can also cut off the white border if you wish for the charm to be completely in color.
3. Follow the baking instructions on the shrink paper package to bake the charms in a toaster oven or conventional oven. Watch the shrink plastic dance and curl! Do not allow children to use the oven.
4. If the charm is still slightly curled when it is finished baking, use a piece of cardboard or a spatula to flatten it completely.
5. Apply a couple coats of clear nail polish to seal the ink on the charm and make it water-resistant. Let the nail polish dry. [GREAT tip!!]
6. Add the charms to whatever you’d like! You can use jump rings and jewelry chain to create a charm bracelet or necklace, or attach them to a cell phone charm strap or zipper pulls. You can also glue charms to barrettes and hair pins.

Have fun creating and be sure to check out Spoonful.com each day for their great kids’ activities and recipes!

Like Monsters, Inc. 3D on Facebook (facebook.com/PixarMonstersInc) and visit the official site (Disney.com/MonstersInc3D)!

Monsters, Inc. is returning to U.S. theatres for the first time in 3D on December 19th!

Hooray, it’s National Dog Day!!

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How fun is National Dog Day? We have three kitties in our house and I’m the only one who doesn’t want a dog. My hubby and the kids have been wanting a dog forever, but I just can’t see it happening yet. We like to up and go out of town for a few days on a regular basis and the cats are real easy to deal with. Dogs…not so much. That’s one of the reasons why I love this great Paper Craft from our friends over at Spoonful.com! I don’t mind having this dog at my house! Here’s how to make her:

1. Go to here to download the Lady Cutie Papercraft Template

2. Print Lady on regular paper or cardstock and cut out each piece. Be sure to cut along the six solid dark lines at the sides of each A tab and each D tab.

3. Starting with the head, use a craft knife to cut out the square at the bottom where indicated. Make all folds along dashed lines. Refold the dashed line going through Lady’s eyes toward you. Continue this fold on all sides of Lady’s head. Using glue or double-sided tape, secure all A tabs to the back of their corresponding pieces. Close Lady’s head with the B tabs, sealing the top of her head like a lid. Fold all C tabs to the inside of Lady to complete the shape.

4. For Lady’s body, make all folds along the dashed lines. Refold the dashed line at Lady’s neck toward you. Continue this fold on all sides of Lady’s body. Secure all D tabs to the back of their corresponding pieces. Now you can slip Lady’s head onto her neck. Be sure to line up the front pieces.

5. Fold Lady’s left leg in half and secure with glue or double-side tape so the design is two-sided. Attach the left leg to the front of Lady’s body, then repeat this step with Lady’s right leg.

6. Fold one ear in half and secure so the design is two-sided. Glue the ear to the side of Lady’s head. Repeat this step with Lady’s other ear.

7. Fold Lady’s tail in half and secure so the design is two-sided. Butterfly the tabs outward and use them to attach Lady’s tail to her bottom.

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