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While I’ve never met a Disney Pixar film I didn’t like, the latest release, Inside Out, has a special place in my heart. Just like Riley, I moved away from all my friends, hobbies and the only home I had ever known when I was 14 years old. From Long Island to Central Pennsylvania, no less! It was a really emotional time for me, and definitely a huge learning and growing experience. When Riley tried to put on a brave face for her parents, I could relate. When some behavioral problems developed later in the movie (I won’t spoil it…) I could relate even more.
More than almost any other kids’ movie I’ve ever seen, this movie spoke my language. It even taught me a little bit about myself as a kid, and as an adult. At the same time, it also allowed my son and I to share an afternoon at the theater together laughing at funny characters and talking about our feelings.
As a parent, I couldn’t help but see this new introduction to emotions as an opportunity. I’ve been volunteering in my son’s classroom with Kid Writing, and I really enjoy helping the kids sound out and write their sentences each week. What if I could combine the fun of both Inside Out and my son’s interest in writing to help him journal out his feelings? With topics like bullying, self-esteem, and so much more coming our way, I’ll take any chance to get him to share how he’s feeling.
Inside Out Journal Cards
Fresh off the heels of seeing the movie, we made some easy journal cards to make sharing feelings easier and more fun. I’ve included a free printable here so you can make them too! Just print out the journal card template on card stock or regular printer paper, and affix to fun, colorful scrapbook paper (or even construction paper.) Have your kids create their cards, then fill one out at the end of each school week.
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Great tool to encourage sharing, don’t you think? My son is only 6, but I’m already finding out things I never would have known without our journal cards. These are definitely getting filed away as keepsakes. If you want to turn them into a book, just use a hole punch and bind them with yarn or string. (We’re using a photo box to store ours.)
And then there was food…
Great news! When you’re picking up your journal card paper at Target, you can grab the movie, too. It’s on shelves now (with exclusive bonus content), and Target has everything you need to plan the perfect Inside Out movie night!
BUT, if you’ve been hanging out here for a while, you probably know that we do our best to maintain a dye-free household. Dilemma. How on earth do you plan Inside Out party or movie night snacks without a ton of food dyes?!
Oh, you knew I wouldn’t let you down, didn’t you?
Funny how all those natural emotions are matched with colors that we can so easily find in nature, don’t you think? Grab an array of colorful fruits, some fun picks and a simple melon baller and make some memories!
Memory Orb Fruit Kabobs
Memory orbs, that is. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know that Riley’s memories are represented by round “balls” of different colors. Stack your round fruits up on a pretty skewer and you’ve got Memory Orb Fruit Kabobs! Free of dyes but still full-on fun for parties. Leave them on your marble coffee table for everyone to help themselves, and people will be talking about your tasty treats for days!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Hockey Pucks
A party just isn’t a party without chocolate, right? (We learned that one from FROZEN!) So add some chocolate and peanut butter to your #InsideOutMovieNight with some peanut butter-filled, ganache-glazed chocolate cake hockey pucks!
We love that Pixar gave Riley such a cool hobby, so let’s not forget about that hockey theme when party time rolls around! Cut out some simple chocolate cake circles using a donut or cookie cutter, then split them, fill with peanut butter filling, and coat with a shiny ganache glaze for that hockey puck shine.
- 1 chocolate sheet cake, prepared according to package directions or recipe
- For filling:
- 1 8 oz. block cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 2 Tbsp milk
- For ganache glaze:
- 8 ounces semisweet chocolate (chips or chopped)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Bake cake from a mix or recipe and allow to cool. Using a cookie or donut cutter, cut circles shapes out of sheet cake. Put circles in freezer to chill for about 15 minutes. Use cake scraps for snacking or for another recipe.
- While cake is in the freezer, beat cream cheese, peanut butter, powdered sugar and milk in a large bowl until smooth. Once cake circles are firm, remove from freezer and use a sharp knife to split each in 2 layers. Using a piping bag or a freezer bag with the corner snipped off, pipe peanut butter filling between cake layers. Place top layers back on, trim any pieces that may not be level and freeze another 15 minutes.
- Pull cakes out of freezer and place on a wire rack over a baking sheet while you make ganache glaze.
- To make glaze, place semisweet chocolate in a medium bowl. Bring heavy cream to a light boil in a pan over medium heat. Remove from heat and pour over chocolate, whisking until smooth and pourable. Spoon glaze over chocolate cakes on wire rack, allowing excess to drip onto pan underneath. Make sure all sides are covered. Allow to dry, then serve. (Move with a spatula to avoid touching sides.)
You'll lose lots of ganache when it drips down to the baking sheet below. To save it, line the sheet with parchment and then scrape it into a bowl to reheat for dipping pretzels, marshmallows or fruit.
Tell me these don’t look totally scrumptious from the inside out!
Ok, so the puck thing might be a stretch, but sometimes you have to suspend your disbelief a little when it comes to kid food…and sometimes, kids just believe you when you tell them a shiny chocolate cake is a hockey puck. If you want to bring the hockey vibe in a little more, make a hockey rink out of a piece of white cardboard and set your little cakes on it. Here’s a quick how-to:
The good news is that you don’t even have to wait to plan an Inside Out movie night. It’s already available on DVD and Blu-Ray, and if you get Inside Out at Target, you’ll get 20 minutes of exclusive bonus content and deleted scenes.
Plus, you get to go to Target and that’s always a win. (Go ahead, twist my arm…)
While you’re at Target, grab your movie snacks (Simply Balanced dried fruit is my personal snack of choice) and take notes for the upcoming holidays…the Inside Out merch is so super cute and colorful! We’re redoing the kids’ bedroom, so the cozy Inside Out bedding was my first stop.
I mean, who doesn’t want to wake up to Sadness and Disgust first thing every morning? 🙂
Where do I even start with how much I love Target? One-stop shopping for movie night snacks, treats and DVDs pretty much puts Target right at the top of my list, right alongside Disney Pixar. Both definitely bring a little more Joy into our lives…often!
Have you seen Inside Out? What snacks would you serve to make movie night fun?